Learn about the Canada-Yukon Nature Agreement

The Canada-Yukon Nature Agreement was signed in December 2022. It invests $20.6 million to protect and conserve new areas of the Yukon. It also enhances efforts to monitor and protect species at risk.

The Canada-Yukon Nature agreement will help with:

  • protecting new areas to conserve 25 per cent of the landscape by 2025;
  • creating a pathway to protect 30 per cent of the landscape by 2030;
  • supporting Indigenous leadership in conservation;
  • working with Yukon First Nations to protect species at risk; and
  • increasing knowledge collection and data sharing between the governments of the Yukon, Canada and First Nations governments.

Read the full Canada-Yukon Nature Agreement.

Protected areas in the Yukon

The Yukon currently has 19.3 per cent of lands designated for conservation purposes. This is 95,109 kilometers square in total. Protected lands make up the majority. This includes;

  • territorial parks;
  • habitat protection areas;
  • national parks;
  • national wildlife areas; and
  • special management areas.

Explore Yukon parks and conservation areas.

View parks, protected and conservation area map data.

Increasing protected and conserved areas

A goal of the Canada-Yukon Nature Agreement is to protect and conserve another 6 per cent of lands and waters in the Yukon by 2025.

The Yukon First Nations Final Agreements and the Inuvialuit Final Agreement include commitments to protect areas. We're building on these commitments to increase the Yukon’s protected areas.

The Government of Yukon will only report an area as protected with the support of the local Yukon First Nations. Some areas need the support of the Inuvialuit or a transboundary First Nation.

The Yukon’s pathway to 25 per cent includes;

Indigenous leadership in conservation

Yukon First Nations, Inuvialuit and transboundary First Nations have relied on the Yukon’s lands and waters for generations. They have long been leaders in protecting the Yukon’s natural environment.

Indigenous leaders worked to include protected areas in their Final Agreements. This includes establishing areas like:

  • territorial parks;
  • habitat protection areas; and
  • national parks.

Many habitat protection areas include First Nation settlement land at the request of the First Nation.

The Canada-Yukon Nature Agreement provides funding to support continued Indigenous leadership in conservation. This includes support for:

  • identifying new conservation and protection interests; and
  • working together to protect species at risk.

Supporting species at risk

Climate change and human impacts on the environment change ecosystems. They put Yukon species and their habitats at risk.

The Canada-Yukon Nature Agreement also includes funding to help protect species at risk. The funding will support:

  • developing a management approach for species at risk with Indigenous governments and groups;
  • developing species at risk legislation with Indigenous governments and groups;
  • increasing assessment, monitoring, and conservation of species at risk; and
  • recovery activities for boreal caribou, barren-ground caribou, and wood bison.

Read about species at risk in the Yukon.

Contact: 

If you have questions, email environmentyukon@yukon.ca or phone 867-667-5652.