Proposed changes to Territorial Lands (Yukon) Act would support new Yukon Resource Roads Regulation

Energy, Mines and Resources Minister John Streicker tabled amendments to the Territorial Lands (Yukon) Act today as part of ongoing work to create new resource roads regulation for the Yukon.

To ensure that Yukon’s resource economy grows in a sustainable and environmentally responsible way, the proposed amendments to the Territorial Lands (Yukon) Act would support the implementation of a new resource roads regulation providing more clarity to resource companies and additional administrative and enforcement tools for regulators.

The changes would also help limit the environmental impact that resource roads have in the Yukon’s backcountry and ensure safety and liability concerns are addressed through providing better access management tools.

Updates to the Territorial Lands (Yukon) Act and the creation of a new resource roads regulation will help build a more progressive and modernized management regime for resource development and reclamation. These changes will provide additional certainty on projects for our major industry partners for years to come.

Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources John Streicker

Quick facts 
  • The Territorial Lands (Yukon) Act was first enacted in 2003 in conjunction with devolution of powers to the Yukon from the Government of Canada. The Act is Yukon legislation that allows for the administration and management of territorial land by the Government of Yukon.

  • The Government of Yukon is developing a new resource roads regulation that clarifies rules around the construction, operation and decommissioning of Yukon’s resource roads. The resource roads regulation will address concerns about road access to the backcountry and will provide consistent rules for commercial resource users and operators of resource roads.

Contact 

Renee Francoeur
Cabinet Communications
867-334-9194
renee.francoeur@yukon.ca

Jesse Devost
Communications, Energy, Mines and Resources
867-667-5307
jesse.devost@yukon.ca

News release #: 
21-388