WHITEHORSE, YUKON – The Government of Canada has awarded three new contracts and one standing offer for the Faro Mine Remediation Project in the Yukon totalling more than $57 million.
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) awarded the contracts on behalf of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada which will “significantly advance remediation design planning, environmental and geotechnical monitoring, including the assessment of the quality and flow of water on site, meteorological monitoring and engineering inspections of earthen structures,” a PSPC release said.
An environmental monitoring services contract was awarded to Ensero Solutions Canada Inc. for $18.2 million, with the remediation plan design and support services contract awarded to AECOM Canada Ltd. for $31.7 million and the Regulatory Support Services contract awarded to Golder Associates Ltd. for $3.15 million. The standing offer for geotechnical services was awarded to Tetra Tech Canada for $4.5 million.
The environmental monitoring services and remediation plan design and support services contract includes firm commitments by the contractor to ensure employment and training opportunities for Kaska Dena citizens and subcontracting to Kaska Dena-owned businesses, the release said.
“Our government is taking action to protect the environment, advance reconciliation and strengthen the economy in Canada’s North. These contracts and the standing offer provide the necessary, crucial next steps towards the full remediation of the Faro Mine Complex in Yukon. At the same time, they will provide opportunities for socio-economic development and capacity-building for local First Nations,” said federal Minister of Public Services and Procurement Filomena Tassi in a statement.
The Faro Mine was once the largest open-pit lead-zinc mine in the world and was a major economic drive for the Yukon from its opening in 1969 to its abandonment in 1998.
The mine spans 25 square kilometres and is one of the largest and most complex abandoned mine remediation projects underway in Canada.
Mine remediation is expected to take 15 years to complete followed by testing, monitoring and long-term maintenance.
“The Faro Mine Complex was a fixture of Yukon mineral development for decades. I am pleased to see progress in the remediation of this mine through three new contracts and one standing offer. Environmental sustainability and collaboration with local First Nations, including job opportunities, continue to be vital components of this project. I look forward to the efforts of these contracted organizations to improve the long-term revitalization of the area,” Liberal MP for Yukon Brendan Hanley added.