New Construction Manager Announced for Faro Mine Remediation Project

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July 31, 2018 - Ross River, YT - Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
The Government of Canada is moving forward on the remediation of contaminated sites in the North to protect the health and safety of Indigenous people and Northerners while safeguarding the environment.

Today, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade, announced the funding agreement for the Faro Mine Interim Construction Manager has been issued to Parsons, Inc. This important step forward in the remediation of the Faro Mine site will protect the health and safety of local residents and the environment while working to maximize the socio-economic benefits for Yukon.

Parsons, Inc. will provide construction management services to the Faro Mine Remediation Project team for two years, with two optional one-year extensions. The company will be responsible for managing construction activities for immediate projects on the Faro Mine site. They will also be managing subcontracts and procurement using an approach that prioritizes Yukon and First Nation businesses and hires.


“With today’s announcement, the Faro Mine Remediation project is positioned to take a significant step forward. The new Interim Construction Manager will work to address high risk issues onsite in order to ensure the continued protection of human health and the environment in the Faro Mine area. We will also continue to work closely with our Indigenous partners and the Government of Yukon to find the best way to deliver jobs, new skills, business development opportunities and valuable work experience through this significant investment.”

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc
Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade

“I am very pleased with Ross River Dena Council’s meaningful involvement in the procurement of the Interim Construction Manager for Faro Mine. Finally, we are coming to a place where we can put the shovel in the ground and start the important remediation process. These are exciting times: working with Canada, Yukon Government and the new interim construction manager, Parsons, we see something for our younger people to be excited about.”

Jack Caesar,
Chief of the Ross River Dena Council

“The Yukon government is pleased that a Construction Manager will be on site shortly to implement the important and urgent construction works addressing the water quality issues at the Faro Mine site. We are looking forward to seeing business and employment opportunities related to implementing these projects for both Yukon First Nations and local residents. The Yukon government remains committed to the ongoing protection of human health and the environment at the Faro Mine site.”

The Honourable Ranj Pillai
Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, Government of Yukon

Quick facts

  • The Faro Mine, located in central Yukon, is an abandoned lead–zinc mine that is one of the largest contaminated sites in Canada.

  • The Faro Mine Remediation Project will address the environmental effects of 320 million tonnes of waste rock and 70 million tonnes of tailings.

  • The contract is in effect until March 31, 2020 and has a total estimated value of $80,181,066.

  • The interim construction manager will manage immediate construction activities on the site, including construction of the North Fork Rose Creek diversion, which will redirect the creek away from contamination on the site.

  • A final Faro Mine remediation plan with full regulatory approval is expected by 2021. The major construction phase would start in 2022, and is expected to last 15 years. The site will continue to be monitored after the final clean up, to ensure that the remediation work is operating as designed.

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