Yukon NDP Unveils Yukoner-75 Plan
Yukon NDP Leader Liz Hanson announced that a Yukon NDP government will set a government-wide goal of having Yukoners account for 75% of the mining workforce, from discovery to reclamation.
“It’s time that we got the full value out of our resources for Yukoners,” said Hanson. “We will work with industry, labour and First Nation governments to increase Yukon hire and purchasing at every stage of the mining process, from exploration to remediation.”
The Yukon NDP would emphasize trades and skills development in Yukon’s workforce, and also amend the Miners Lien Act so that Yukon mining suppliers and contractors get paid – so that Yukon businesses don’t have to suffer another Yukon Zinc situation.
The Yukon NDP will work with Yukon communities and First Nation governments to proactively plan for land development in rural Yukon to anticipate the eventual opening and re-opening of mines in the Dawson, Mayo and Keno areas.
“It’s absurd for companies like Alexco to have had to spend $2 million a year for fly in/fly out workers because there’s no land available for housing in the area. Let’s be smarter about how we plan for land-development for the future,” said Hanson. “Any mining company that follows the rules, respects First Nation governments, hires Yukoners and cleans up when they’re done will have an ally in the Yukon NDP.”
- The Yukon NDP Yukoner-75 plan will be a target set in collaboration with all applicable government departments to build Yukon workforce capacity and opportunities for Yukon businesses.
- The Yukon NDP will emphasize mining industry participation and Yukon College programming for mine-related training and labour force development.
- The Yukon NDP will work with Yukon communities and First Nation governments to proactively plan for land development in rural Yukon.
- The Yukon NDP will amend the Miners Lien Act to help Yukon mining suppliers and contractors get paid. The Act currently allows controlling shareholders to lend their company unreasonably large amount of money that will get repaid in a bankruptcy before local contractors and suppliers get paid. When Yukon Zinc went bankrupt, 52 Yukon companies were left on the hook for $4.3 million.
- The Yukon NDP will dedicate support to Yukon prospectors and geoscientists to increase geo-mapping to grow our understanding of Yukon’s mineral endowment and discover the reserves that will become the mines of the next generation.
- The Yukon NDP will establish a liaison office to help small-scale miners and prospectors navigate the permitting process for mining land use permits and water licenses.