In the social acceptability guidelines published by the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles (MERN), one action proposed in response to public requests is to publish information on major projects in the form of summary documents and an interactive map.
The purpose of this is to:
- make available updated information on major projects, taken from public sources, to ensure that local actors have a better grasp of the issues and are able to take part in a more informed way in the public participation and project monitoring processes;
- bring together all relevant ministerial information on major projects in a single, easily consulted location.
An interactive map is provided to show where the projects are located and how they will be implemented in the host area. It also shows the developments proposed by the promoters.
Please click on the links below for general information on documented major projects and access to the interactive map. More detailed information is available in printable summary documents. Other projects will be added to the list in the coming months.
Definition of major project 
A major project of energy resources, mineral resources or public land development is defined as a project listed among the projects subject to the Environmental Impact Assessment Procedure*. Major projects to develop public lands also include the consolidation of existing projects and the development of new projects that have secured the buy-in of local stakeholders, have regional spin-offs and for which the application is deemed acceptable by the government.
*This definition of “major project” is used solely for determining the projects, from all those across Québec, for which public information will be prepared and updated. It does not in any way constitute a value judgement on the importance of projects or their environmental or social impacts. This definition has no effect on the contents and application of Chapters 22 and 23 of the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement or on its implementing legislation.
 Source: MERN 2018-2021 Strategic Plan, page 13, French version.
Available summary documents
- Lac à Paul Apatite Mine
- Lac Guéret Graphite Mine Project
- Whabouchi Lithium Mine and Hydrometallurgy Plant Projects