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.

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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.


The 2016 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: Amy Law, Cassandra Kelly, Jennifer Meurer, Dan Paleczny (Policy, Planning and Aboriginal Relations Branch)

Reviewers and Contributors:

Government of Yukon:

Department of Community Services: Cheryl Baxendale (Community Affairs Branch); Kris Johnson, John Wright, George Maratos, Mike Etches, Jennifer Young (Wildland Fire Management Branch); Roxanne Stasyszyn (Communications)

Department of Energy, Mines and Resources: Briar Young, Miranda Allison (Mineral Resources Branch); Lisa Walker (Forest Management Branch); Robin Sharples, Robert Legare (Forest Operations); Doris Dreyer, Tomoko Hagio (Land Planning Branch); Sarah Laxton (Yukon Geological Survey); Jim Bell, Randy Lamb, Renee Mayes, Heather Onsorge (Corporate Policy and Planning Branch); Bradley Barton, Matthew Ball (Agriculture Branch)

Department of Environment: Karen Clyde, Troy Hegel, Nicole McCutchen, Todd Powell, Bruce Bennett, Randi Mulder, Piia Kukka, Michelle Sicotte, Tyler Kuhn, Oliver Barker, Val Loewen (Fish and Wildlife Branch); Cameron Eckert, Afan Jones, Jessica Elliot, Jean Langlois (Yukon Parks); Kirsten Burrows, Rebecca World (Climate Change Secretariat); Jennifer Dagg, Janine Kostelnik, Brendan Mulligan (Environmental Programs Branch); Jean Beckerton, Emilie Herdes, Richard Janowicz, Tyler Williams (Water Resources Branch); Beth Hawkings, Gerry Perrier, Hannah Gray (Information Management and Technology Branch); Mary VanderKop, Jane Harms, Meghan Larivee (Animal Health Unit); Michal Wojcik, Jennifer Solomon, Eric Clement (Communications Branch)

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


City of Whitehorse: Bryna Cable, Pippa Beck

Ducks Unlimited: James Kenyon

Environment and Climate Change Canada: Margaret Campbell, Hayley Hung

Fisheries and Oceans Canada: Trix Tanner, Nathan Millar

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada: Pat Roach, Mary Gamberg, Gary Stern

Yukon College, Yukon Research Centre: John Streicker, Alison Perrin

Yukon Environment and Socio-economic Assessment Board: Rob Yeomans

Photos: Government of Yukon, unless otherwise noted.