Construction of a gold and silver mine near Stewart is expected to begin this year.
Pretivm Resources has received the federal and provincial green light to go ahead with its Brucejack Mine.
In granting approval, federal environment minister says the mine is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.
The underground mine, located about 65 kilometres northwest of Stewart, is expected to create about 900 jobs during the two-year construction period and 500 jobs over its projected 18-year life.
Brucejack is expected to churn out up to 2700 tonnes of ore per day. Tailings will be stored underground in spent mine workings and in Brucejack Lake, which contains no fish.
Pretivm has signed a co-operation and benefits agreement with the Nisga’a Nation.
The company hopes to have commercial production at the Brucejack mine in 2017.