FAQs – Yukon Devolution

What have been the key milestones in Yukon’s devolution?

The first major milestone in the devolution of land and resource management in Yukon was The Canada Yukon Oil and Gas Accord, signed in 1993, which allowed for the administration and legislative control over oil and gas resources, including the collection of natural resource revenues derived from oil and gas resources.  The Yukon Northern Affairs Program Devolution Transfer Agreement was signed in 2001. It provided for the transfer of responsibilities for lands, water, forestry and mineral resources from the Government of Canada to the Government of Yukon in 2003.

On April 1, 2003, a new Yukon Act came into effect, giving the Government of Yukon greater control over a greater variety of province-like programs, responsibilities and powers.

What is the status of Yukon devolution?

Land and resource management has been devolved in Yukon since 2003.  The Yukon Northern Affairs Program Devolution Transfer Agreement was signed in 2001. It provided for the transfer of responsibilities for lands, water, forestry and mineral resources from the Government of Canada to the Government of Yukon in 2003.  On April 1, 2003, a new Yukon Act came into effect, reflecting the Government of Yukon's increased control over a wider variety of province-like programs, responsibilities and powers.

Have there been any recent developments to Yukon devolution?

In August 2012, Resource Revenue Sharing Agreements, part of The Yukon Northern Affairs Program Devolution Transfer Agreement were amended to ensure a greater portion of the revenues generated from the mining and resource economy in Yukon are available for use in the territory. The amendments allow Yukoners to benefit from arrangements similar to those agreed to in principle with the Government of the Northwest Territories.