Following an open and competitive process, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), on behalf of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, has awarded a contract to Parsons Inc. for construction management and care and maintenance services at the Faro Mine Complex.

This contract will make a significant contribution to restoring and protecting the environment on and adjacent to the mine site, while bringing socio-economic benefits to northern and First Nations communities. These benefits include opportunities for employment, training and skills development, as well as for businesses to supply other goods and services to the project.

“Our government is taking action to protect the environment, advance reconciliation and strengthen the economy in Canada’s North,” said Filomena Tassi, Minister of Public Services and Procurement. “Through this contract award, we are taking another significant step towards the full remediation of the Faro Mine Complex in Yukon, and providing opportunities for socio-economic development and capacity building for local First Nations.”

The Faro Mine Remediation Project is one of the largest and most complex abandoned mine clean-up projects underway in Canada. The main construction manager will be responsible for managing construction work and care and maintenance services at the Faro Mine Complex, including contaminated water treatment; road maintenance; and management of infrastructure, waste, fuel and supplies.

“This contract award represents a significant milestone in the Faro Mine Remediation Project, and supports Canada’s long-term commitment to improving the human, environmental and socio-economic health and well-being of communities in the North and the Arctic,” added Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs.

PSPC also awarded CH2M Hill Canada Ltd. a $5.8‑million contract on July 27, 2021, for the design of the Faro Mine Permanent Water Treatment Plant. Additional procurement processes are underway, or planned, for services that include remediation design planning, environmental monitoring, geotechnical and regulatory support.

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Together, these contracts will help to create and sustain long-term northern jobs while improving the environment for local communities.

The Faro Mine was constructed on the Ross River Dena Council’s traditional territory and many of our community members and families were displaced by the mine. The legacy of harm is both physical and emotional,” said Chief Caesar, Ross River Dena Council First Nation. “The decision of Canada and Yukon to advance this project and Canada’s sincere efforts to support a remediation process that includes our community is a major step towards improving both the land and our peoples’ experience around the Faro Mine. The main construction manager award is a critical step in starting this important work.”

Featured image: (Daphne Pelletier Vernier/CIRNAC)

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