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Yukon government doles out $1.4M for mineral exploration

Money will go to 44 mineral exploration projects
Worm-like piles of mining waste rock line the North Klondike Highway into Dawson City on July 21, 2022. The Yukon government is doling out $1.4 million for mineral exploration in the territory. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

The Yukon government is doling out $1.4 million for mineral exploration in the territory, which is up $200,000 from the previous fiscal year.

A few dozen mineral exploration projects will benefit from the money obtained through the Yukon mineral exploration program in 2023-24, according to a Yukon government release on May 8.

As per the release, the projects are expected to spend more than $4.6 million on exploration this season.

It is not clear how much the projects will make from exploration this season. According to John Thompson, who works in communications for the Energy, Mines and Resources department, most exploration projects never actually become a mine.

The program reimburses a percentage of spending on exploration with the intent of supporting projects in their early stages of understanding the geology in the areas they’re exploring and stimulating new mineral discoveries.

Fifty-seven applications were received and 44 projects were approved for funding: 28 from hard rock proponents and 16 from placer operators.

Banyan Gold Corp., ATAC Resources Ltd. and Metallic Minerals Corp. are among the applicants approved for funding.

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About the Author: Dana Hatherly

I’m the legislative reporter for the Yukon News.
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