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Yukon Mineral Exploration Program


Apply to the Yukon Mineral Exploration Program

The 2016 YMEP funding level is $1,400,000.

Funding levels for program modules have not changed for 2016. Grassroots 100% reimbursement is available to max of $15,000, focused regional 75% reimbursement is available up to a max of $25,000 and target evaluation 50% reimbursement is avaiable up to a max of $40,000.

What is YMEP?

The Yukon Mineral Exploration Program promotes and enhances mineral prospecting and exploration activities in Yukon. It provides a portion of the risk capital required to locate, explore and develop mineral projects to an advanced exploration stage. Applicants are invited to submit prospecting and exploration proposals. We encourage you to consult with our mineral development geologist, Derek Torgerson.

The Yukon Minerals Exploration Program contains three modules:

Grassroots - Prospecting

Qualified prospectors may apply for a contribution of up to $15,000 per year to cover basic operating expenses while searching for new mineral occurrences in Yukon. 100% of approved expenses are reimbursed.

Focused - Regional

Individuals, sole proprietors, partnerships, limited partnerships and corporations undertaking basic exploration work directed at exploring for and appraising the potential of an under-explored area may apply for a contribution of up to $25,000 per year. 75% of approved expenses are reimbursed.

Target Evaluation

Individuals, sole proprietors, partnerships, limited partnerships and corporations undertaking basic exploration work directed at appraising the potential of an under-evaluated occurrence or target may apply for a contribution of up to $40,000 per year. 50% of approved expenses are reimbursed.The intent of this funding is to enable the recipient to carry out exploration work aimed at developing a mineral project to an advanced exploration stage.

How much funding can you recieve

Qualified prospectors, individuals, sole proprietors, partnerships, limited partnerships and corporations (‘legal entity’) may submit multiple applications per YMEP module or modules in a given program year.
  • Funding is not automatic and is not on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be reviewed, assessed and evaluated by the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources (EMR) and only well-conceived, technically sound applications will be considered for funding.
  • Non-arms length relationships between legal entities may be considered, for the purposes of determing YMEP funding, and multiple contributions per legal entity per program year will be subject to the availability of funds and will be at the discretion of the Government of Yukon and EMR.


Please refer to the program guidebook before completing an application for funding ir preparing a prospecting or exploration proposal

YMEP Guidebook [0.72 MB ]

Deadline for applications is MARCH 31st annually


Contact Us

Derek Torgerson
Mineral Development Geologist
Yukon Geological Survey (K102)
Department of Energy, Mines and Resources
Government of Yukon

Box 2703 (K102)
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
Telephone: (867)456-3828
Toll free in Yukon: (800)661-0408
or
102-300 Main St.
Whitehorse, Yukon
Fax: (867)667-3198
E-Mail: ymep@gov.yk.ca