Relief from work requirements

Due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, claim owners do not have to do work on their claims or prospecting leases in 2020 to stay in good standing. Find information about COVID-19.

Submit your Class 2 notification

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 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.

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

Submit a Class 2 notification

Class 2 represents the upper level of grassroots exploration. Class 2 applies when:

  • it's expected your program will have moderate potential to cause adverse environmental effects; and
  • you're able to complete the exploration and reclamation work within 1 year.

Review the placer activity thresholds or quartz activity thresholds to determine if your program is Class 2.

Submit your Class 2 notification

  1. Complete the Class 2 notification form for placer mining land use or quartz mining land use .
  2. Contact your local Mining Recorder's Office to:
    • ensure your program is within threshold limits;
    • ensure your form information is complete; and
    • submit your form.
  3. We recommend you discuss your program with the First Nation in whose Traditional Territory you'll be working.
  4. Contact the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment designated office to complete the application process.
  5. The Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board provides us with a recommendation on whether your program should:
    • proceed as is;
    • proceed with terms or conditions; or
    • not proceed.
  6. We make a decision within 30 days of receiving the recommendation. We can extend the timeline by an additional 7 days if it requires consultation with First Nations without a final agreement.

Mineral activities in the Peel River watershed

The 2019 Peel Watershed Regional Land Use Plan guides the management of the region. This includes:

  • environmental protection;
  • social considerations; and
  • economic development.

The cornerstone of the plan is sustainable development.

We will evaluate proposed mineral activities in the Peel Watershed region for conformity to the plan. The plan will also inform assessment and regulatory steps.

Read our brochure to see a summary of the standards for all classes of mineral activities throughout the Peel Watershed region.