Toronto, ON / June 7, 2017 / Victoria Gold Corp. (TSX.V-VIT) “Victoria” or the “Company” is pleased to announce that on April 27, 2017, Yukon Finance Minister Sandy Silver announced a reduction of the Yukon general corporate tax rate from 15% to 12%. The full text of the press release announcing the change is set out below.
The estimated impact of this tax decrease on Eagle project economics is:
- After tax NPV (5% discount) increases from $508 Million to $527 Million
- After tax IRR increases from 29.5% to 30.0%.
The valuations referenced above are based on the NI 43-101 Feasibility Study Technical Report For The Eagle Fold Project dated October 26, 2016 (the “FS Report”) with adjustment to the territorial income tax rate while holding all other inputs of the FS Report constant.
“As a Yukon resident and CEO of Victoria Gold, I am very pleased to see the current administration investing in the future of the territory by supporting current and future businesses.” stated John McConnell. “The Yukon’s new premier, Sandy Silver, represents the riding of Dawson, home of the famous Klondike Gold Rush. Victoria believes Minister Silver understands mining, but more importantly, he understands the economic benefits mining brings. With this tax decrease the new government is helping to ensure a vibrant mining industry well into the future”.
The Centre for Spatial Economics completed a third party study on the Economic Impacts of the Eagle Gold Mine to Yukon Territory in May 2017 and concluded: “It is anticipated that a cumulative 1.5 Billion, measured in 2016 dollars, of GDP will be produced over the construction and operations of the mine, equivalent to roughly 50% of total GDP produced in the Yukon in 2016. On average, there will be 250 additional persons per year employed in the Yukon over the life of the mine, with 175 of those persons being directly sourced from the Yukon and employed on the mine site.”
April 27, 2017
Finance Minister Sandy Silver announced changes today to the tax rates paid by corporations, as well as the tax rate paid on tobacco products.
The three changes to the tax regime announced during the government’s budget speech and included in the 2017-18 budget are as follows:
- The Government of Yukon will reduce the corporate tax rate for small corporations from 3 per cent to 2 per cent.
- The Government of Yukon will reduce the general corporate tax rate from 15 per cent to 12 per cent.
- The Government of Yukon will increase the rate of tax on cigarettes and loose tobacco from 21 cents per cigarette or gram to 25 cents on July 1, 2017, and rising to 30 cents on April 1, 2018.
The changes to the corporate tax rates are made under the Income Tax Act and support employers’ investments in marketing, training and innovation to create more employment opportunities for Yukoners while those to tobacco products are made under the Tobacco Tax Act and aim at reducing the consumption of tobacco products.
“This government is committed to encouraging economic activity in the territory by creating a favourable tax environment for those looking to do business and create good jobs in Yukon.”
“This government continues to work to support Yukoners in their tobacco cessation efforts. We are proud to offer a very effective and free program that assists Yukoners in quitting.”
–Premier and Minister of Finance Sandy Silver
- The amendments to the Income Tax Act take effect as of July 1, 2017.
- The small corporate tax rate applies up to the first $500,000 of Canadian-Controlled Private Corporations’ (CCPC) taxable income.
- Corporations that pay the general rate are those that do not meet the CCPC requirements or those with taxable income in excess of thresholds in the Income Tax Act.
- The tax on cigarettes and loose tobacco products will increase by the consumer price index each January 1 starting in 2019.
- Yukon’s smoking cessation program, Quitpath, can be accessed online at www.quitpath.ca or by phone at 867-667-8393. It is led by the Health and Social Services’ Health Promotion Unit.
About the Dublin Gulch Property
Victoria Gold’s 100%-owned Dublin Gulch gold property is situated in the central Yukon Territory, Canada, approximately 375 kilometers north of the capital city of Whitehorse, and approximately 85 kilometers from the town of Mayo. The Property is accessible by road year-round, and is located within Yukon Energy’s electrical grid. The Company has constructed and maintains a 200 person all-season camp at the project site.
The Property covers an area of approximately 555 square kilometers, and is the site of the Company’s Eagle Gold Deposit. The Eagle Gold Mine is expected to be Yukon’s next operating gold mine and, between the Eagle and Olive deposits, include Proven and Probable Reserves of 2.7 million ounces of gold from 123 million tonnes of ore with a grade of 0.67 grams of gold per tonne, as outlined in a National Instrument 43-101 feasibility study. The NI 43-101 Mineral Resource for the Eagle and Olive deposits has been estimated to host 191 million tonnes averaging 0.65 grams of gold per tonne, containing 4.0 million ounces of gold in the “Measured and Indicated” category, inclusive of Proven and Probable Reserves, and a further 24 million tonnes averaging 0.61 grams of gold per tonne, containing 0.5 million ounces of gold in the “Inferred” category.
The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Paul D. Gray, P.Geo., as the Qualified Person.
Cautionary Language and Forward-Looking Statements
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