Department of Environment

Environment Act

The Yukon’s Environment Act provides a legislative framework for the protection of the territory’s land, water, and air. The Environment Act and its regulations apply on land throughout the Yukon, including private property, government-owned lands, lands within municipal boundaries and First Nation settlement lands where the First Nation has not developed equivalent laws.

Permits containing detailed conditions governing certain activities are issued under nine of the regulations; in some cases an assessment under the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act is required before a permit can be issued.

Regulated activities include, among others, fuel storage and handling, solid waste management, hazardous waste management, air emissions and the assessment and clean up of spills. Inspections of permitted activities are regularly carried out by Environmental Protection Officers to ensure they are operating in accordance with the applicable regulations and permit conditions.

An updated Environment Act came into effect on May 8, 2014 with the passing of the Act to Amend the Environment Act. It improves the government's ability to reduce risks to human and environmental health.



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Permit Application Forms

Additional Resources

Environmental Programs

Environment Yukon

Government of Yukon

Box 2703 (V-8)
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 2C6

Phone: 867-667-5683
Toll free (in Yukon): 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5683
Fax: 867-393-6213