About the report

State of the environment reports show the public how Yukon is progressing towards the goal of maintaining and improving the quality of Yukon’s natural environment for this and future generations. They reflect on the status of the environment and help guide future decision-making. The reports also:

  • provide early warning and analysis of potential environmental problems;
  • chart the achievement of the objectives set out in the Environment Act; and
  • provide baseline information for environmental planning, assessment and regulation.

Under Yukon’s Environment Act the Minister of Environment must table a full state of the environment report in the legislature every three years, as well as interim reports in the intervening years. This year, the report transitioned to an accessible and interactive online version that will be periodically updated.

The report provides information on climate change, air, water, landscape, and fish and wildlife. Analysis is provided through key indicators used to monitor, describe, and interpret changes in the environment. The report uses the most recent and best information available.

Alaskan Phlox.
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Environment Act


Yukon State of the Environment Report

(1) The Government of the Yukon shall report publicly on the state of the environment pursuant to this Act.

(2) The purpose of a report under subsection (1) is

(a) to provide early warning and analysis of potential problems for the environment;

(b) to allow the public to monitor progress toward the achievement of the objectives of this Act; and

(c) to provide baseline information for environmental planning, assessment, and regulation. S.Y. 2002, c.76, s.47

Requirements for the Yukon State of the Environment Report

(1) The Minister shall prepare and submit to the Legislative Assembly a Yukon State of the Environment Report within three years of the date this section comes into force and thereafter within three years of the date of the previous report.

(2) The Yukon State of the Environment Report shall

(a) present baseline information on the environment;

(b) incorporate the traditional knowledge of Yukon First Nation members as it relates to the environment;

(c) establish indicators of impairment of or improvement to the environment and identify and present analyses of trends or changes in the indicators; and

(d) identify emerging problems for the environment, especially those involving long-term and cumulative effects. S.Y. 2014, c.6, s.9; S.Y. 2002, c.76, s.48

(3) [Repealed S.Y. 2014, c.6, s.9]

Review by Council
Upon the establishment of a Council under section 40, it shall review a Yukon State of the Environment Report and submit a report of its review to the Legislative Assembly. S.Y. 2014, c.6, s.10; S.Y. 2002, c.76, s.49
Interim report

(1) Commencing from the date of the first Yukon State of the Environment Report, for every period of 12 consecutive months in which a Yukon State of the Environment Report is not made, the Minister shall prepare an interim report and submit it to the Legislative Assembly.

(2) An interim report under subsection (1) shall comment on matters contained in the previous Yukon State of the Environment Report. S.Y. 2002, c.76, s.50

Woodland Caribou near Watson Lake. David Law.

Acknowledgments (2017)

The State of the Environment Report is a collective effort involving scientific experts and specialists from government agencies and non-governmental organisations who have provided information, data and advice.



Project Coordination:

Department of Environment: Carol Spillette, Amy Law, Jennifer Meurer (Policy, Planning and Aboriginal Relations Branch)

Reviewers and Contributors:

Government of Yukon:

Department of Community Services: Sarah Russo(Community Affairs Branch); Kris Johnson, John Wright (Wildland Fire Management Branch); Dwayne Muckosky(Community Operations Program)

Department of Energy, Mines and Resources: Lisa Walker (Forest Management Branch); Robin Sharples, Robert Legare, Aldo Vaneyk (Forest Operations); Doris Dreyer, Tomoko Hagio (Land Planning Branch); Panya Lipovsky (Yukon Geological Survey); Jim Bell, Nick Grzybowski (Corporate Policy and Planning Branch); Bradley Barton (Agriculture Branch)

Department of Environment: Aaron Foos, Troy Hegel, Todd Powell, Bruce Bennett, Randi Mulder, Michelle Sicotte, Tyler Kuhn, Christine Cleghorn (Fish and Wildlife Branch); Cameron Eckert, Jessica Elliot, Jean Langlois (Yukon Parks); Kirsten Burrows, Stephen Roddick, Rebecca World (Climate Change Secretariat); Jennifer Dagg, Sarah Chan (Environmental Programs Branch); Tyler Williams, Veronica Huggard, John Millar (Water Resources Branch); Gerry Perrier (Information Management and Technology Branch); Jane Harms, Meghan Larivee (Animal Health Unit); Michal Wojcik, Jennifer Solomon, Roxanne Stasyszyn (Communications Branch)

Executive Council Office: Gary Brown (Yukon Bureau of Statistics)


City of Whitehorse: Bryna Cable

Ducks Unlimited: James Kenyon

Environment and Climate Change Canada: Margaret Campbell

Fisheries and Oceans Canada: Nathan Millar

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada: Ellen Sedlack, Mary Gamberg, Gary Stern, Hayley Hung

Yukon College, Yukon Research Centre: Alison Perrin

Yukon Environment and Socio-economic Assessment Board: Rob Yeomans, Erin Spiewak

Photos: Government of Yukon, unless otherwise noted.