Information current

May 11, 2021

Keep yourself and others safe: practise the Safe 6 and wear a mask. For medical questions or if you feel ill phone 811 or launch the COVID-19 self-assessment tool.

Notice to miners arriving in Yukon for work

Download the notice. 

We’ll be updating this notice if changes are made to the requirements. Check back frequently as you make work and travel plans.

If you are a placer miner

Placer miners can self-isolate:

  • in Whitehorse in accordance with the general guidelines for workers entering Yukon posted below.
  • at your home on a placer mining claim or work camp if:
    • you are not a resident of Yukon;
    • you’ve spent the last 14 consecutive days within Canada;
    • the home is a single residential unit used to house 1 family;
    • the home is the only housing unit at that claim or camp;
    • all of the people self-isolating in the home are related by blood, spousal relationship or adoption; and
    • you’re bringing with you into Yukon, or have already made arrangements to have delivered, supplies for 14 days without replenishment.
  • in an approved Dawson hotel if you:

If you do not meet the requirements above and cannot self-isolate, email us at mining@yukon.ca for information and advice for self-isolating workers.

If you work for a quartz exploration and mining company

If you work for a Yukon exploration and mining company and are travelling from within Canada, you can self-isolate:

This applies to employees, camp operators, workers, and contractors working in the mining sectors who are living in remote mining camps. 

General guidelines for all workers entering Yukon

Self-isolation is still required

If you have a home in Yukon, you must go directly to that home or another suitable safe place to self-isolate for 14 days. The 14 days begins when you arrive at your place of isolation.

People arriving in Yukon who do not have a home in Yukon must self-isolate in Whitehorse for 14 days. There’s an exception for placer miners posted above. If you do not have a home in Yukon, visit the COVID-19 self-isolation page for information on how to safely self-isolate.

Upon entering Yukon, you must submit a signed declaration and self-isolation plan at the on-site kiosk, or to the designated on-site personnel. This provides information on where you will be self-isolating and your travel plans within Yukon.

Alternative self-isolation plan

For other options for self-isolating, you can apply for an alternative self-isolation plan. We need to approve your plan before you start self-isolating.

International miners

If you are entering Canada to work your claims you are considered an essential worker. Email mining@yukon.ca to request a formal claim status report and support letter needed to cross the Canadian border. You will need a valid permit in place on the claims or proof of employment from the permit holder.

You are not exempt from the new federal laws for testing prior to entering Yukon. Canadian Border Services Agency agents will decide at the border if you’re allowed to enter Canada. You have to follow the federal quarantine rules and then also self-isolate for 14 days once you arrive in Yukon, regardless of whether you are flying or driving.

Relief from annual assessment work has ended

Relief was provided for claim holders with claims expiring between April 23, 2020-April 22, 2021. If you are not in an area with relief already in place (Watson Lake and Ross River areas), relief will not be provided this coming season. Applications for relief will be considered on a case-by case basis. Email mining@yukon.ca for more information.

For authorizations required to work your claims

Go to our mining webpage. If you have specific questions relating to your mining operations and these requirements, please contact the Mineral Resources Branch. Email mining@yukon.ca.

Contact: 

If you have questions relating to your mining operations and this requirement, email mining@yukon.ca.