This page was updated on: JUne 16, 2015

About the Yukon Water Board

The purpose of the Yukon Water Board is to provide for the conservation, development, and utilization of waters in a manner that will provide benefit for all Canadians and for the residents of Yukon. The Board issues water use licences for the use of water and/or the deposit of waste to water. The Board is an independent body established under the Waters Act and the Water Board Secretariat provides administrative support and works on the Board’s behalf.

The Board operates similarly to a court of law in that it is evidence-based. Licence decisions are made objectively on the facts presented either on a register and/or at a public hearing.

The Board meets on a monthly basis and is made up of a maximum of nine members. These members are appointed by the Minister of the Executive Council Office; each of the following organizations nominate three members:

For further information about the board please refer to the links below

Chapter 2 of the Yukon First Nation Final Agreements and s. 8 of the Yukon Waters Act

History of Water Management in Yukon