The Fraser Institute's 2015 Annual Survey of Mining Companies ranks Yukon first in mineral potential and ninth overall in global mining jurisdictions, points not lost on Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski.
Pasloski believes Yukon can improve on its survey ranking and says his government is making every effort to attract mining investment. That includes continued support for the Yukon Mining Alliance, a joint effort between companies and government to co-promote one another. In this interview with The Gold Report, Pasloski talks about some companies advancing their projects in one of the world's top mining jurisdictions.
The Gold Report: The Yukon is ranked first in mineral potential and ninth overall in the recent ranking of global mining jurisdictions in the Fraser Institute's 2015 Annual Survey of Mining Companies. Is that good enough? What are some of your mining-related goals for the Yukon?
Darrell Pasloski: You can't get better than number one when it comes to mineral potential but the ninth overall ranking to me says that there's still some work to be done. Our mineral endowment certainly is world class and the opportunities as a world-class jurisdiction for mining exploration and development will make us a future leader in the mining sector.
There are more than 2,700 existing mineral occurrences in Yukon but these cover only about 12 of the land, so that leaves vast potential for current and future explorers.
The first goal would be more streamlined permitting. The federal government currently holds our environmental assessment legislation and is making amendments to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act.