Annual Report Now Available

The 2019-2020 Annual Report for YESAB is now available on our website. YESAB produces an annual report every fiscal year. The report highlights some of the work completed over the year and includes information about the assessment process and the Board. A summary of assessment statistics and a copy of the audited financial statements can also be found within the report.

If you would like to receive a hard copy of YESAB’s Annual Report please ask to be added to our mailing list by contacting the YESAB Head Office 867-668-6420.

View the 2019-2020 Annual Report here.

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The novel Corona virus, COVID-19, poses a serious public health risk and has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. YESAB’s first priority is to protect the health and safety of its employees, Board members and those with whom we engage in the assessment process.

YESAB is closely monitoring and following the directions of public health officials both in Yukon and nationally. YESAB is also taking measures to ensure that operations can continue during this pandemic. YESAB has asked that employees who are able to work from home do so. Public engagements and business meetings will be either postponed or conducted by teleconference or videoconference. YESAB is well-equipped and serviced to support teleworking and remote meetings.

In these circumstances, while we will make every effort to ensure business continuity, some delays will be inevitable. Rules for the conduct of assessment include timelines for each step in the assessment process. The Rules include provisions to extend timelines for specified periods of time. YESAB may need to extend timelines accordingly and we ask for the patience and cooperation of all participants in the assessment process. YESAB relies on contractors and partners in the Government of Yukon to support its business operations. YESAB will be communicating regularly with these partners to ensure a collaborative approach to maintaining business continuity. 

In compliance with the recommendation of the Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health, YESAB employees will be working from home to the extent that they are able. Consequently, YESAB will not be able to provide assurances that its offices will remain open to the public during the pandemic. Unless absolutely necessary, participants in the assessment process and the general public are discouraged from visiting YESAB offices at this time.

Please call ahead before visiting our offices, follow the Contact link provided below for office information. We will provide updates as the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold and as information becomes available. Participants in the assessment process will be notified via the YESAB Online Registry of extensions to project assessment timelines.   Contact

Tim Smith

Executive Director

Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board

YESAB and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The situation globally regarding the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to unfold rapidly and new information emerges on a daily basis. As of March 12, 2020 the risk to Yukoners remains low and all YESAB offices will remain open. Our staff will be happy to assist participants during this time.

Laura Cabott Appointed Chair of YESAB

Laura Cabott has been appointed Chair of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board. Laura has lived in Whitehorse for the past 26 years, has a bachelor degree in both Physical Education and Law and currently sits on Whitehorse City Council.

New YESAB Online Registry – Live!

The new YESAB Online Registry (YOR) is now Live! Thank you for your patience during the transition.

The URL remains the same – – and we recommend using Chrome. You will need to set up a new account using your name and email.

If you have any questions about the new site, please let us know.

Government of Canada announces Northern Participant Funding Program

On December 19, 2018, the Honourable Dominic Leblanc, Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade announced the creation of the Northern Participant Funding Program to assist Indigenous people and Northerners to participate in environmental and socio-economic assessments of major resource and infrastructure development projects in northern Canada. More information on the Northern Participant Funding Program is available at

New Pre-submission Engagement (PSE) process for Executive Committee screenings

The Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board (YESAB) has developed a new Pre-submission Engagement (PSE) process for Executive Committee screenings. PSE is a proactive, front-end process that occurs before a project proposal is submitted for screening by the Executive Committee (EC). The purpose of pre-submission engagement is to bring interested and affected parties together to review project requirements well in advance of a detailed proposal being submitted for assessment. This helps identify gaps and issues of concern, to define values and baseline information requirements and ensure a timely and certain screening process. For more information visit the PSE -web page.

Casino Mine Panel Review: Update

On December 12, 2018 Casino Mining Corporation (CMC) informed YESAB that it will be deferring the submission of its ESE Statement. CMC intends to submit the ESE Statement by December 31, 2019. (Letter from CMC)

Coffee Gold Project Update – Request for Supplementary Information

The Executive Committee issued a request for information from GoldCorp Inc. for their proposed Coffee Gold Mine Project. This request is based on full and fair consideration of thirty six submissions received during the public comment period which ended October 29, 2018. The request is comprised of seventy two questions on topics which include access management, air quality, heritage resources, human health risk assessment, management plans, reclamation and closure planning and water resources. The proponent has up to two years to submit the requested supplementary information identified in this request, or to advise the Executive Committee in writing when it will be submitting the information.

For more information on the Coffee Gold Mine Project screening contact the Executive Committee at (867)668-6420.

Public Meeting in Dawson City – Placer Mine – Klondike East Bench, the Dome

Join the Dawson Designated Office for a public meeting on the Placer Mine – Klondike East Bench, the Dome (Project Number 2017-0206).

The Proponent is proposing to mine 35 claims along the East Bench of the Klondike River, in an area known as the Midnight Dome. The Project is located within the municipal boundaries of Dawson City and the Traditional Territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation. Project activities are proposed to occur from April 1 to October 31 annually for 10 years. In 2016, the Designated Office assessed project 2016-0118 which was proposed by the same proponent in a similar project location. There are distinct differences between the 2016 proposal and the current proposal under assessment.

The Dawson City Designated Office of YESAB would like to hear from local residents regarding the potential impacts and values affected by this Project. Comments from this meeting will be considered by assessors during YESAB’s evaluation of the Project.

Dawson City

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Open House 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Downtown Hotel Conference Room