Yukon government hires contractor to ensure environmental protection at the Minto Mine

The Government of Yukon has hired a contractor to ensure environmental protection is maintained at the Minto Mine.

The mine operator, Minto Metals Corporation, has indicated that it is not able to continue operations at the site.

JDS Mining has been immediately mobilized to the Minto Mine site under contract to the Government of Yukon. The company is familiar with the operation of the mine and has experience in mine site care and maintenance elsewhere in the Yukon.

The contractor will continue with water treatment and management of water stored on the site to ensure the environment remains protected.

The Government of Yukon holds financial security for the site and intends to use this funding to cover the costs of the work.

We are working closely with the contractor and the Selkirk First Nation to ensure that the environment remains protected at all times. Swift action will support the continuity of environmental protection at the site. We support responsible mining across the territory. I recognize that this is a challenging time for Minto employees, subcontractors and the community.

Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources John Streicker

Quick facts 
  • The Yukon government will pay JDS Mining to provide temporary care and maintenance of the mine site until the end of June, with the option to extend as needed.

Media contact 

Jordan Owens
Cabinet Communications


Jesse Devost
Communications, Energy, Mines and Resources

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