Yukon Public Lands Act

How do I participate? 

Read the discussion document

Complete the online questionnaire

The deadline to share your thoughts has been extended to May 30, 2022.

You can also submit written comments.
Email: michael.draper@yukon.ca
Michael Draper
Legislation advisor and negotiator
Government of Yukon
Land Management Branch (K-320)
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

If you or your organization want to meet with us to discuss the new Act, contact Michael Draper. Email michael.draper@yukon.ca or phone 867-667-3185, toll-free at 1-800-661-0408, extension 3185.

What is this engagement about? 

We’re creating a new Yukon Public Lands Act to replace the existing lands legislation. Our goal is to develop a modern Act that provides a cohesive approach to land management in the Yukon.

We’re interested in hearing how you use public land and how a new Act could support:

  • recreation, such as:
    • cabins;
    • camping;
    • off-road vehicle use;
    • bicycling;
    • backcountry hiking; and
    • other outdoor recreation.
  • residential development;
  • commercial activities, such as:
    • resource activities;
    • wilderness tourism; and
    • gravel quarries.
  • heritage protection;
  • environmental protection;
  • renewable energy;
  • future land access and use; and
  • cooperative land management with First Nations.

How we got here

Yukon is over 482,000 square kilometres. Much of this is public land or First Nation settlement land. Only 0.06 per cent of Yukon land is under private title.

Since devolution in 2003, we’ve been responsible for administering two separate legislative regimes for two sets of public lands. The two acts have not been extensively reviewed since the 1980s.

Modernizing our legislation is necessary to streamline and enhance land management processes and long-term planning through one piece of legislation. Our current legislation does not recognize Yukon First Nation’s Final Agreements or contain provisions that support land claim and self-government implementation.

How will my input make a difference? 

Your feedback will help inform the proposed approach to drafting a new Yukon Public Lands Act. This will ensure that the new legislation serves the best interests of Yukon First Nations and all Yukoners.

Where can I find related information? 

You can find more information and engagement questions in our discussion document.

Where can I find results? 

We’ll publish results of this engagement in a What We Heard report after this engagement ends. We hope to introduce the new Yukon Public Lands Act to the Legislative Assembly in the fall of 2023.

Give your feedback on the engagement process 

Share your thoughts on the engagement process by sending an email to michael.draper@yukon.ca.