WHITEHORSE – The Yukon Party Official Opposition will be sending a delegation to the annual Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada Convention (PDAC) in Toronto from March 6-8.
The delegation, consisting of Stacey Hassard, Scott Kent, and Wade Istchenko, will be promoting investment in Yukon’s mineral sector. During their time they will meet with mining and exploration companies that are currently conducting or looking to conduct business in Yukon.
Additionally, they will meet with Patrick Brown, Leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party and Official Opposition, to discuss the important economic and trade relationship between Yukon and Ontario. They will also meet with Norm Miller, Ontario’s Official Opposition Critic for Northern Development and Mines.
“The Yukon Party has always placed a priority on supporting the mining industry in our territory,” said Kent, Opposition Critic for Energy, Mines and Resources. “Attendance at PDAC is a critical show of support and confidence to current and potential investors for this important industry and the Official Opposition looks forward to productive meetings.”
In the past territorial election, the Yukon Party committed to a number of initiatives to support the mining sector and the thousands of Yukoners it benefits. These commitments included:
- The creation of a Mineral Exploration Tax Credit and increased investment into the Yukon Mineral Exploration Program to jumpstart mineral exploration and create jobs for Yukoners,
- Continued support to the Yukon Chamber of Mines, the Klondike Placer Miners Association, and the Yukon Mineral Advisory Board,
- The establishment of a clear permitting regime with established timelines to allow greater certainty around access to resources, water licences and permits, and;
- Working with the federal government to build road and power infrastructure connecting to Yukon’s mineral rich areas.
While none of these were included in the platform of the current government, they are all initiatives the Official Opposition will advocate that the government consider implementing.
Background on PDAC:
PDAC is considered the premier international event for the mineral industry. Last year it attracted over 22,000 representatives from 119 countries to discuss investment in the mineral industry.