Land lease brings Mount Nansen sale one step closer to completion

The Government of Yukon has approved a five-year lease for 850 hectares of territorial lands to PriceWaterhouseCoopers today as part of the sale of the abandoned Mount Nansen Mine site.

The land lease and a care and maintenance water licence are required to transition the site to the purchaser, Alexco/JDS Group. The land lease allows for ongoing care and maintenance by Alexco/JDS Group as it prepares to remediate the site.

The lease of this land reflects our government’s commitment to environmental stewardship and responsible resource development. We are pleased to be working with the Government of Canada, Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation, and Alexco/JDS Group to ensure economic opportunities are delivered to Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation and the local business community as part of the site remediation.

Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources Ranj Pillai

Quick facts 
  • The 850 hectares of territorial lands are located within the boundaries of the Mount Nansen site.


  • The Government of Yukon is currently responsible for care and maintenance at the site.

  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the Interim Receiver responsible for selling the abandoned Mount Nansen mine site, submitted an application for a land lease.

  • On Monday, May 6, the Yukon Supreme Court approved the sale of the site and sale arrangement with the purchaser, Alexco/JDS Group.

  • The Government of Canada is applying for the water licence for ongoing care and maintenance activities related to the Mount Nansen site.

  • Once all conditions of the sale are met the Mount Nansen site, and the land lease and the care and maintenance water licence, can be formally transferred to Alexco/JDS Group.

  • The Government of Yukon and Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation recently reached an agreement for the proposed Carmacks Bypass project, which will improve access to the Mount Nansen site to assist remediation efforts.


Lisa Bucher
Cabinet Communications

Brigitte Parker
Communications, Energy, Mines and Resources

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