See mining notices and bulletins

  • Mining policy notices
  • Mining notices
  • Interpretive bulletins
  1. Mining policy notices

    Notice of relief

    Due to travel restrictions and economic impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic, miners do not have to do work on their claims or prospecting leases to keep them in good standing in 2020. You will not have to:

    • do annual representation work on quartz claims;
    • do annual representation work on placer claims;
    • do annual representation work on prospecting leases in their 1st or 2nd years; or
    • make a payment-in-lieu of work on quartz claims.

    Relief applies to claims and prospecting leases that expire between April 23, 2020, and April 22, 2021. We’ll automatically extend the claims and prospecting leases expiring within this period.

    If you’ve already applied for relief and your claims expired prior to April 23, 2020, the Mineral Resources Branch will contact you.

    If you choose to perform work, all notification and permitting requirements still apply. The relief order will not extend the expiry date of your notification or approval. You can continue to file work that has been completed on your claim or prospecting lease.

    For more information, contact a district Mining recorder’s office.

    Notice to prospecting leaseholders

    If you plan to complete work or stake a lease to claims, you must meet all the standard requirements of a lease.

    • You must perform $1,000 of work per mile ($625 per kilometre), as proposed in your work program and Class 1 notification. You must do this work before you can stake it to claims.
    • You must file your work with us and stake the lease to claims before the anniversary date of your lease. This is not the same as the expiry date.
    • After your lease’s anniversary date has passed for this year, you must file a new work program with us. We must approve your program before you begin working.

    The maximum term of a lease is 3 years. This means you must stake your lease to claims within 3 years. You cannot apply relief to the lease in the 3rd year.

    If you have any questions, contact your district Mining recorder’s office.

    Recommendations for enhancing Yukon assessment and regulatory processes

    This report by Gowling WLG provides recommendations to address challenges with assessing projects under the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act.

    Download the report.

    If you have questions about the report, email strategicalliances@gov.yk.ca or phone 867-456-3896.

    Changes to Class 1 notification

    As of April 1, 2020, you need to complete a Class 1 notification for activities across Yukon. If you have a valid Class 3 or Class 4 mining land use authorization, a Class 1 notification is not needed.

    Submit a Class 1 notification.

    Courtesy notices of lapsing claims

    We are no longer mailing courtesy notices of lapsing claims. You can check the status of your claim on our mining claims database. For more information, contact a district Mining recorder's office.

    Corporations doing business in Yukon

    Corporations wanting to do business in Yukon must be registered with the Government of Yukon’s Corporate Affairs Branch. This includes to hold mining claims.

    If you are not registered, your claim status and right to work it could be revoked.

    For more information, contact a district Mining recorder's office.

  2. Mining notices

    Notice of hearing

    We are reviewing an application on an order vesting the interest in a number of placer claims under the Placer Mining Act. Read the full notice.

    Notice of debarrment

    A Debarrment Order was issued, under the Placer Mining Act, on April 5, 2019, and it's in effect for 3 years.

  3. Interpretive bulletins

    These interpretive bulletins provide direction on interpreting the laws around mining. If you need more information, contact a Mining recorder's office. You can also email mining@gov.yk.ca.

    Placer Mining Act

    Quartz Mining Act

    Miner's Lien Act