Learn about quartz mine reclamation and closure

As quartz mining projects are developed in Yukon, we want to ensure that development:

  • is sustainable; and
  • benefits to Yukoners.

Mine operators are responsible for the reclamation and closure of their mine. Operators must:

  • create reclamation closure plans;
  • implement closure plans;
  • pay for the costs of the reclamation and closure work; and
  • provide us with financial security in case they're unable to complete the work.

Before we issue a Quartz Mining Licence, we review and approve the mine’s reclamation and closure plans. Our decisions are informed by policy and guidelines that are:

  • based on modern industry standards; and
  • consistent with national mine site reclamation policies.

Mine operators are required to update their plans throughout the life of the mine.