Apply for a Scientists and Explorers Act Licence

  • Apply for a licence to conduct research
  • Additional permits, licences and special requirements
  • Reporting
  • List of permitted research projects
  1. Apply for a licence to conduct research

    Anyone entering the Yukon for research purposes must obtain a Scientists and Explorers Act Licence.

    Allow for processing time

    We recommend that you apply 3 months before research is scheduled to begin. This is in case your project needs additional licensing or permitting. Read our guidebook for more details.

    Apply

    1. Be aware of the licence requirements for the geographical area in which you'll be working. These will vary depending on your project. For help, read the guidebook.
       
    2. Contact the First Nation in whose traditional territory you'll be working. For research on the Yukon North Slope, contact the Inuvialuit. All areas of Yukon are in the traditional territories of Yukon and transboundary First Nations, or the in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region.
      • Provide confirmation of who you contacted at which First Nation and when.
      • Include any letters of approval or support in your application.
      • For projects within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, you must contact (as appropriate):
        • the Environmental Impact Screening Committee (EISC), to review your proposed project;
        • the Aklavik Hunters and Trappers Committee (AHTC);
        • the Wildlife Management Advisory Council (North Slope) (WMAC[NS]);
        • the Inuvialuit Game Council (IGC); and
        • the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC).
           
    3. Complete the application form and attach any related documents.
       
    4. Submit your application. Email is preferred.
      Email: scientists.explorers@gov.yk.ca
      Mail:
      Government of Yukon
      Manager, Museums and Heritage (L-1)
      Box 2703
      Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
       

    We will review your application and refer it for comment to appropriate:

    • territorial and federal agencies;
    • committees, councils and/or corporations; and
    • Yukon First Nation governments.

    Archaeological research

    If you are doing archaeological research, you will need an Archaeological Sites Regulation Permit, not a Scientists and Explorers Act Licence.

  2. Additional permits, licences and special requirements

    By law, you may need to have additional licences or permits to do fieldwork in certain areas of Yukon. This includes statutes that enact Land Claims agreements.

    Find specific requirements in our guidebook for the following areas. You may need additional permits or have special requirements.

    Maps

    Archaeological research

    If you are doing archaeological research, you will need an Archaeological Sites Regulation Permit, not a Scientists and Explorers Act Licence.

  3. Reporting

    If your application is successful, we ask that you submit 2 reports.

    1. An interim report, reflecting the status of the project and work completed. This report is recommended. It's due 2 months after you finish fieldwork.
       
    2. A final report when the project is completed. This report should detail findings and highlight the significance of the research. It's mandatory, and is due within 1 calendar year of the completion or termination of the project.

     

  4. List of permitted research projects

    The Arctic Institute of North America maintains a listing of all permitted research projects in Yukon. This list is in the Arctic Science and Technology Information System (ASTIS) database.

    When using the database, search for Geographic Code "G0811 – Yukon".

    Connect to the Arctic Science and Technology Information System.


Contact 

For questions, email scientists.explorers@gov.yk.ca or phone the manager of Museums and Heritage 867-667-3660 or toll free 1-800-661-0408 ext. 3660.