Québec mines

Mining information bulletin

february 2004
  • Exploration, investment climate, and discoveries in Québec 2003 - an excellent year >>
  • Amendments to the Mining Act >>
  • New areas and new tools for exploring >>
    • New exploration tools >>
    • Immediate and measurable effect >>
  • Marble - Renewed interest in Québec! >>
  • GESTIM gets a makeover >>
  • Québec's geological heritage: Geosites >>
    • Why protect geological sites? >>
    • What is a geosite? >>
    • Where are the geosites that need protection? >>
    • How can geosites be protected? >>
    • When will the geosites actually be designated? >>
  • Québec Exploration is back for 2004 >>
  • A new reference on Québec's geology for the New-Québec Orogen >>
  • Zooming on the Grenville >>
  • A new online product for the mining clientele >>
  • Report and highlights of mining activities in Québec - Exclusively at the PDAC Convention >>

Exploration, investment climate, and discoveries in Québec:
2003 – an excellent year

Sylvain Lacroix
Direction de la politique et de l’économie minérales

2003 was particularly interesting for mineral exploration in Québec. Here are the highlights:

  • Significant increase in exploration and deposit appraisal expenditures
    • These expenditures reached 149 million dollars in 2003, an increase of $37.4 million (34%), from $111.2 million in 2002. They rose for a third consecutive year, from the $94.1 million recorded in 2000.
    • The rise in Québec was greater than that observed for worldwide exploration budgets (up US$500 million; 26%), which reached a total of US$2,400 million. Québec therefore increased its share of worldwide exploration budgets to 4.4% in 2003.
    • Gold and nickel were among the most sought after commodities, while expenditures for diamond exploration continued to rise, reaching more than $16 million in 2003.
  • Québec ranked 1st in Canada and 4th worldwide for its investment attractiveness, according to the Fraser Institute
    • According to the Fraser Institute 2003-2004 annual survey of 159 mining companies, Québec was only outranked by Chile, Nevada, and Western Australia, and was rated 4th out of the fifty-three most important mining jurisdictions in the world.
    • For the third consecutive year, Québec was therefore in the top five mining jurisdictions worldwide (1st worldwide in 2001-2002, 2nd worldwide in 2002-2003).

For more information as well as the Fraser Institute complete Annual Survey of Mining Companies 2003-2004

  • Québec ranked 1st in Canada for the number of recent exploration discoveries financed by flow-through shares
    • According to a brief presented by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) in 2003, Québec has had more flow-through financed mineral discoveries since 2000 than any other jurisdiction in Canada.
    • Seventeen discoveries were made in Québec, including six metal discoveries with the potential to eventually go into production.

Amendments to the Mining Act
Adjustments to fine-tune the system

Jocelyn Boucher
Direction du développement minéral

In fall 2000, profound changes were made to Québec's mining system. Introducing the concept of acquiring a claim by map designation, limiting the ground staking of a claim to specified areas, and adopting a single exploration title valid for all mineral substances on public land are among the major changes. However, several provisions, specifically those relating to map designation, mean new practices for both the mining industry and the Ministère des Ressources naturelles, de la Faune et des Parcs (MRNFP) and require certain adjustments.

The Act amending the Mining Act was assented to on December 18, 2003. The amendments involve the following elements:



  • The renewal of the holder's claims included within a 4.5-kilometre radius from the claim on which the holder has performed excess work (rather than a 3.2-kilometre square). Using a circle with a 4.5-kilometre radius, measured from the centre of the claim for which excess work was performed, is consistent with the new reality of the map-designated claim, which is larger than the former claim.
  • The elimination of the grace period for renewing a claim outside its period of validity (15 days following the date of expiry).
  • The possibility of map designation within an area where claims are obtained by staking, under certain conditions, when it appears that the location of the perimeter of the parcel of land to which the notice of map designation applies is not likely to result in a dispute. An upcoming modification to the Regulation respecting Mineral Substances, other than Petroleum, Natural Gas and Brine is necessary for the implementation of this legislative provision.
  • The notice amending the limits of territories where claims can be obtained by staking or by map designation will take effect at the date indicated in the notice.
  • A clarification regarding the date when the holder of a mining exploration licence must file a report of assessment work, set before the end of each year of the term of the license.
  • An additional condition pertaining to applying for claims and exclusive leases to mine surface mineral substances (BEX) in order to prevent a holder (including a holder’s representatives, subsidiaries, their directors and employees) from abandoning a claim, and then applying for a claim or a BEX without having performed the minimum work required. The holder in question may not submit an application before the end of a sixty-day (60) period.
  • A priority in favour of the person applying for conversion of an exploration licence for surface mineral substances (PRS) into map-designated claims on the same day that a third party files a notice of map designation.
  • The date for filing the operator’s preliminary report of activities is set for October 31st of each year, instead of before October 1st. The operator must also submit an annual report of activities by March 31st of each year, instead of during the month of January. Finally, the operator must submit a monthly or quarterly report of activities before the fifteenth day of the following month.
  • The transfer of responsibility for preparing the studies and the rehabilitation plan for an inactive mine site to the person held responsible for the mine tailings.
  • From now on, the Minister may require payment of the entire financial guarantee related to the rehabilitation of a mine site when the financial situation of the operator deteriorates or when the latter reduces the duration of exploration activities.
  • The Minister may issue an exclusive lease to mine surface mineral substances (BEX) to a municipality or an intermunicipal board for the construction and maintenance of its streets and road network, under certain conditions. However, municipalities or intermunicipal boards that request non-exclusive leases may continue to obtain them. An upcoming modification to the Regulation respecting Mineral Substances, other than Petroleum, Natural Gas and Brine is necessary for the implementation of this legislative provision.
  • The Minister may temporarily suspend the issuing of mineral titles in a territory, for a maximum period of six months, while preparing a ministerial order for reasons of public interest (for example, to create a protected area). Mining customers will be informed of the suspension by a notice on the MRNFP’s official map of mineral titles.
  • The Minister may, on his or her own initiative, convert certain mineral titles into map-designated claims in accordance with applicable conditions in the Act.
  • The Minister may replace or amalgamate parcels of claims, on his or her own initiative or at the request of a claim holder, so that a single claim is registered in the Public Register of Real and Immovable Mining Rights (combining small areas, simplifying management, and reducing costs for mining claim holders. An upcoming modification to the Regulation respecting Mineral Substances, other than Petroleum, Natural Gas and Brine is necessary for the implementation of these legislative provisions.

New areas and new tools for exploring Abitibi

Robert Marquis
Direction de Géologie Québec

New exploration areas

The 2003 fieldwork season has brought geologists of the Ministère des Ressources naturelles de la Faune et des Parcs (MRNFP) to some of the less well-known areas of the Abitibi Region which, to date, have been relatively untouched by mineral exploration. East of Matagami, a team of Service géologique du Nord-Ouest (SGNO) geologists, led by Jean Goutier, identified and mapped the extension of the Watson Lake Group, host to several volcanogenic massive sulphide deposits in the Matagami camp. This highly prospective area was staked immediately after disclosure of fieldwork last November, demonstrating how collecting data in the vicinity of known Abitibi mining camps can have real and measurable effects on mineral exploration.

A vast stretch of the Grenville Front south of Chibougamau was studied by an integrated and multidisciplinary team including Daniel Bandyayera, Sandrine Cadéron, Pierre Rhéaume, Patrice Roy, and Sophie Turcotte. The project consisted of geological mapping with an emphasis on the behaviour of mineralization and associated alteration at high metamorphic grades. In 2003, the team mapped a wide band of Archean volcanic rocks containing komatiites. This band, which had previously been erroneously interpreted as Grenville gneiss, is another newly discovered area with favourable mineral potential. Furthermore, major gold and copper bearing regional structures have been well documented for the first time on the NE flank of the la Dauversière Pluton. The alteration and mineralization associated with these structures are quite similar to those at the Joe Mann Mine, currently under production SW of the pluton.

Finally, east of Rouyn-Noranda, a metallogenic and volcanogenic study of the Blake River Group conducted by SGNO, under the supervision of Benoit Lafrance and Claude Dion, brought out the structural complexity of the volcanic sequence of the Reneault-Dufresnoy Formation. Their re-interpretation significantly increases the potential for discovering new volcanogenic deposits, similar to the nearby Bouchard-Hébert Mine, in a relatively less explored portion of the Blake River Group.




New areas and new tools for exploring Abitibi

Robert Marquis
Direction de Géologie Québec

New exploration tools

The Grenville Front project team also contributed to defining the mineral potential of this little-known area by characterising the alteration associated with several mineralized showings metamorphosed to amphibolite facies. In light of these results, researchers at CONSOREM and INRS-ETE are very interested in cooperating with SGNO to develop new exploration tools specifically adapted to this type of environment.

Yvon Héroux’s team (INRS-ETE), financed and supported by SGNO, focussed on subtle alteration patterns associated with the copper, lead, and zinc mineralization of the Mistassini sedimentary basin. The challenge here was to develop new exploration tools adapted to an underexplored mineral setting; an objective that was brilliantly met.

For the time being, the most innovative exploration tool under study is still geo-integrated 3D modelling. This year, Marc Legault and Francine Fallara studied a well-documented segment of the Destor-Porcupine Fault. The 3D model resulting from the project is sufficiently accurate to define new exploration targets in an area known for high gold potential. The targets, deep but accessible to drilling, are at the edges of previously drill-defined ore zones. Some of these targets will soon be tested by exploration companies active in the area.

New areas and new tools for exploring Abitibi

Robert Marquis
Direction de Géologie Québec

Immediate and measurable effect

Results of the 2003 field season have had an immediate and measurable effect, resulting in acquisition of new claims and identification of well-researched exploration targets. This shows that SGNO fieldwork is relevant to the needs and expectations of the exploration community.

In closing, it is worth mentioning that the annual selection of data acquisition projects is based on updates to a three-year plan developed jointly with the mining industry. The current plan covers 2003 to 2006.

Marble - Renewed interest in Québec!

Yves Bellemare, ing.
Direction de Géologie Québec

Worldwide market demand for architectural stone has been in constant flux over the past few years. More traditionally based on granite, part of Québec's industry is now seeking to diversify production and reorient some exploration work toward developing deposits of marble limestone and marble. It is interesting to note that certain areas of the St. Lawrence lowlands and the Appalachians, where these deposits used to be quarried, are once more considered to be territories with high potential for architectural stone.

Production and use

Québec's current production is still minimal and comes from the Stukely-Sud area, where Consultants R. L. Jomphe quarries a milky-white or very light gray marble. In the past, marble was mostly quarried in the Saint-Armand area, in the Montérégie Region, and had multiple indoor and outdoor uses.

These days, marble is primarily used for interior decoration of homes and public or commercial buildings. The demand for worked stone is high, which motivates some Québec businesses to evaluate the geological potential of marble units in Québec.

Exploration work and geological potential

Marble or marble limestone are commodities that are likely to be brought into production in the short term, mainly in the Gaspésie Region. Polycor is interested in searching for marble limestone deposits for production of dimension stone and ornamental stone. Over the past few years, it has acquired six mining properties in the Gaspésie Region and one in the Montérégie Region. In 2003, SOQUEM and Polycor formed a new company, NAMCA, which is planning to develop Québec's potential for dimension stone from limestone, marble, and iridescent anorthosite deposits. In some cases, exploration work has had encouraging results. They will probably motivate additional stakeholders to work on developing marble deposits in Québec.

The marble or marble limestone units likely to be explored and developed include those of the West Point Formation, which outcrops in the Port-Daniel area and in the centre of the Gaspésie Region. They form huge reef complexes consisting of thick layers of attractively coloured and textured limestone. These marble limestones could produce very good-looking stones, comparable to some marbles currently available on the market. The Bonaventure Formation also includes a sequence of conglomerates, sandstone, siltstone, and shale and sometimes contains limestone. In some places, such as in a quarry northeast of Maria, exposed units include a red polygenic conglomerate with a sandstone matrix and calcareous cement, a grey clastic limestone with reddish fragments, as well as a pale grey calcilutite. These lithological units are massive and the layers are generally metric in size.

At Saint-Armand, the rocks have been quarried intensively as ornamental stone in the past, but still deserve special attention. Belonging to the uppermost unit of the Strites Pond Formation and to the Wallace Creek Formation, they are respectively calcilutites varying from a very light whitish grey to medium grey, occasionally tinged with green or pink, in thick beds, and very dark grey argillaceous calcilutites. Other units quarried to produce high-purity limestone, for example, the medium grey calcilutites of the Corey Formation in Bedford and the recrystallized limestone of the Lac Aylmer Formation in Dudswell, could be used by the industry.

It should be noted, in closing, that promotion of the potential of marble architectural stone has been rather limited for many years in Québec. Recent developments suggest that the trend could be reversed during the coming years.

“Red and greenish-grey stromatactis calcilutite of the West Point Formation in Port-Daniel”

GESTIM gets a makeover

Dominique Quirion
Direction du développement minéral

Since its implementation, Québec's claim management system, GESTIM, has changed considerably. Concerned with adapting online services to the needs of its mining clientele, the Direction du développement minéral of the Ministère des Ressources naturelles, de la Faune et des Parcs recently completely reviewed and corrected Gestim's "Consulting mining titles" module.

The new module is much more user-friendly and the Department prepared an utilisation guide. Tools making it easier to manage your own mining titles are also available through the “Member services” module. Management delegation, claim renewal, viewing and downloading data about claims, whatever their status, are a few of the many privileges now available to GESTIM members.

Are you interested in finding out more and investigating all the new features? Guides have been prepared for your convenience. You can take a look at them by clicking on one of the following links:

  1. Consultation of your titles
  2. Files being processed
  3. Claim renewal
  4. Work declaration
  5. Management delegation

Québec's geological heritage: geosites

Pierre Verpaelst
Direction de géologie Québec

In fall 2001, the gouvernement du Québec implemented the Québec Protected Areas Strategy/QPAS (Stratégie québécoise des aires protégées/SQAP). This strategy stems from the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. During the conference, the foundations of sustainable development for ensuring the equilibrium and future of the planet were laid. The strategy includes the goal of protecting 8% of the territory.

In December 2001, the Ministère des Ressources naturelles, de la Faune et des Parcs (MRNFP) set up a working group to develop a process for designating remarkable or outstanding geological sites, also called geosites. The group consists of representatives from the mining industry, universities, professional organizations, and the MRNFP. The working group's objectives are:

  1. to prepare an action plan;
  2. to develop a process for designating geosites;
  3. to submit it for consultation; and
  4. to implement it in 2004.


QUÉBEC, MINISTÈRE DE L’ENVIRONNEMENT, 1999 - Aires protégées au Québec : Contexte, constats et enjeux, 64 pages.

QUÉBEC, MINISTÈRE DE L’ENVIRONNEMENT, 2002 - Les aires protégées au Québec : une garantie pour l’avenir, Plan d’action stratégique, premiers résultats, 44 pages.

BOUCHARD, Michel, 2002 - La notion de géosites et géoparcs et les sites géologiques exceptionnels (SGE), Ordre des géologues du Québec, 9 pages.

PRICHONNET, G., 2001 - La notion de géosites et de géoparcs et son application à la Stratégie québécoise sur les aires protégées, Association professionnelle des géologues et géophysiciens du Québec, 12 pages.

UNESCO, 2000, Report by the Director-General on the feasibility study on developing a UNESCO Geosites/Geoparks Programme, Executive Board, 160th session.

Québec's geological heritage: geosites

Pierre Verpaelst
Direction de géologie Québec

Why protect geological sites?

The Earth is the ultimate support for all known and yet-to-be-discovered ecosystems. In other words, through its wildlife and vegetation, it supports life as we know it.

Our geological heritage is the “Memory of the Earth, record inscribed both in its depths and on the surface, in the rocks and in the landscapes…” (Declaration of the Rights of the Memory of the Earth, Digne, France, 1993). That heritage is the Earth's archives, as it were, in their countless forms. Geosites are a means of protecting these archives.

The goal of the geological heritage protection strategy now being prepared is to protect and conserve geological diversity or “geodiversity”, meaning the whole range of Québec's geological environments and features. However, this geological diversity is endangered by natural catastrophes and by man's interventions in his environment.

Protecting geodiversity is important because it makes it possible to improve our understanding of all the features of the geological cycle. These features are the subject of many scientific studies, which lead to perfecting knowledge about them. It also amounts to a legacy for future generations so that they, too, can benefit from the geological as well as the biological components of ecosystems.

There are already protected areas in Québec: provincial and federal national parks, ecological reserves, wildlife preserves, and exceptional forest ecosystems. Certain areas even contain outstanding geological sites, such as Miguasha Park on the Gaspé Peninsula. But Québec does not have a geological heritage protection strategy yet.

Mingan Archipelago

The purpose of a geological heritage protection strategy is:

  • to improve knowledge about the evolution of environments, life, and therefore our own evolution;
  • to make this heritage accessible to everyone, so that no one can take possession of it for their own use;
  • to improve participation in local, national, or all of humanity's economic development;
  • to preserve features that have aesthetic value. These features are part of familiar landscapes and help us, and every living being, to put down roots in our environment.

Québec's geological heritage: geosites

Pierre Verpaelst
Direction de géologie Québec

What is a geosite?

A geosite is a site or an “area”, a few square metres to several square kilometres in size, with geological and scientific significance, whose geological characteristics (mineral, structural, geomorphological, physiographic) meet one or several criteria for classifying it as outstanding (valuable, rare, vulnerable, endangered).

When a special zone includes more than one particularly rare or beautiful and geologically significant feature, it is referred to as a “geopark”. The features must be representative of the region's geological history as well as of the events and processes that shaped it.

Under Québec's geological heritage strategy, a site must have exceptional value nationally, but not necessarily internationally.

There are many criteria for classifying sites as outstanding. Only a single criterion may be required for a geological site to be declared worthy of being considered part of our heritage. A combination of criteria is usually considered. Here is list of selection criteria for geosites:

  • scientific value,
  • geotourism appeal,
  • educational value,
  • historic value,
  • cultural, spiritual, and social value,
  • economic value,
  • international significance,
  • link to biodiversity,
  • sanctuary for rare or endangered species,
  • aesthetic value,
  • being representative (universal value),
  • stratigraphic milestone,
  • paleobiodiversity,
  • rare or unique (irreplaceable),
  • valuable,
  • vulnerable,
  • endangered,
  • quality or state of preservation,
  • size,
  • accessibility.

Eusthenopteron, Miguasha, Gaspe Peninsula

The goals of the geosite strategy must always be kept in mind.

  • improving knowledge about the evolution of environments, life, and therefore our own evolution;
  • being accessible to everyone, so that no one can take possession of geosites for their own use;
  • contributing to local, national, or all of humanity’s economic development;
  • having aesthetic value.

Ten types of sites have so far been defined as being possible Québec geological heritage geosites or geoparks:

  • caves and grottos,
  • fossil-bearing sites (ex. : Miguasha),
  • mineralogical sites (ex.: Mont Saint-Hilaire),
  • lithological sites (ex.: the Mingan Archipelago),
  • stratotypes,
  • historic mining sites (ex. : Bourlamaque),
  • outstanding geological landscapes (ex.: Percé),
  • geosystems (ex.: the Torngat Orogen),
  • geological environments supporting ecosystems (Mont-Albert),
  • meteorite impacts (ex.: Pingaluit (New-Quebec Crater)).

Collections can be added to this list.

For more details, please see the table of definitions.

Québec's geological heritage: geosites

Pierre Verpaelst
Direction de géologie Québec

Where are the geosites that need protection?

Geosites can be located:

  • on land in the public domain (public land, parks, and wildlife preserves);
  • on private property belonging to individuals or businesses;
  • in municipalities; and
  • in Native territory (Nunavik, Indian reserves).

Parc Guillaume-Delisle, Northern Québec

Because of the location of potential sites, the involvement of many stakeholders, such as departments and agencies (MRNFP, MENV, FAPAQ), interest groups (Conférence permanente sur le patrimoine géologique, Ordre des géologues du Québec, merchants, municipalities, etc.), universities, colleges, museums, research centres, organizations involved in land-use planning, and Native communities will eventually be needed.

Regional representation should be a consideration in the distribution of sites. Each region should be able to take pride in its geosites and have the means to develop them.

Québec's geological heritage: geosites

Pierre Verpaelst
Direction de géologie Québec

How can geosites be protected?

In 1994, the World Conservation Union (IUCN) inventoried and defined six categories of protected areas. These were:

  • Ia: Strict Nature Reserve,
  • Ib: Wilderness Area,
  • II: National Park,
  • III: Natural Monument,
  • IV: Habitat/Species Management Area,
  • V: Protected Landscape/Seascape,
  • VI: Managed Resource Protected Area.

It should be noted that the definitions of categories Ia, Ib, III, and V, primarily, explicitly refer to natural features of the Earth: “landscape features or rock exposures” (Ia); “geological, physiogeographic…features” (Ib); “appropriate natural features include…fossil beds” (III), “protection of landscape and/or seascape” (V) (for more details, see http://www.unep-wcmc.org/protected_areas/categories/eng/index.html).

But before being able to classify geosites in these categories, it is necessary to know which ones will be selected. To do this and to arrive at a formal designation, a series of actions is required. These actions are the following:

  1. Proposal of a site
  2. Evaluation of the characteristics of the site
  3. Identification of partners who will commit to protecting a site
  4. Consultation
  5. Evaluation of the costs of managing and protecting the site (if applicable)
  6. Recommendations

Pingualuit Crater

The working group will have to propose that a committee be created (or formed) to evaluate the geosites. The composition of the committee remains to be defined.

Québec's geological heritage: geosites

Pierre Verpaelst
Direction de géologie Québec

When will the geosites actually be designated?

The working group is currently finalizing consultations and will soon be going ahead with final revision of the process, taking the opinions received into consideration. Subsequent steps are the inventory, evaluation, and designation of geosites.

U Valley, Monts Torngat

The group is ready to receive geosite proposals. Anyone wishing to propose a site can do so by downloading the form from the Outstanding Geological Sites website.

Finally, it is also studying the legal aspects of recognizing and protecting the sites. The next cycle of amendments to the Mining Act should end late in 2005. Until then, it will be necessary to rely on existing laws to protect the most vulnerable sites.

For more information about our geological heritage and outstanding geological sites, please visit the Outstanding Geological Sites website (Available in french only).

Québec Exploration is back for 2004!

The second edition of Québec Exploration will be held from November 22 to 25, 2004. The event, jointly organized by the Ministère des Ressources naturelles, de la Faune et des Parcs and the Québec Mineral Exploration Association, attracted nearly 1,100 participants in 2003. A success from start to finish!

The Honorary President of Québec Exploration 2003 and President and Director of Newmont Mining Corporation, Mr. Pierre Lassonde, also mentioned that "Québec has undeniable mineral potential. The current enthusiasm for gold and base metals, as well as the dynamism of the stakeholders I had a chance to meet, are a few of the assets that make the constant renewal of Québec's mining industry possible."

Participants will enjoy high-calibre programming at Québec Exploration 2004. The event will provide an update on mineral exploration and examine all its facets. This is a unique opportunity to find out about intense activity in this field and exchange about the possibilities of Québec's territory.

Join us!


Visit us at Booth 224 of the PDAC International Convention in Toronto, from March 7 to 10, 2004.

A new reference on Québec's geology: lithotectonic and metallogenic synthesis of the new Québec orogen (Labrador Trough)

Thomas Clark (MRNFP)
Robert Wares (Osisko Exploration ltd)

Here, finally, is a synthesis combining available geological and ore-deposit information for the New Québec Orogen (Labrador Trough).

This report is an exhaustive exposé of the geological and metallogenic evolution of the New Québec Orogen. Its purpose is to help advance evaluation of the Orogen's mineral potential and provide exploration stakeholders with an important tool for developing their exploration programs in the region.

The report by Clark and Wares will summarize, in a logical presentation format, the results of work by many government, university, and industry geologists. The report will include:

  1. a lithotectonic and metallogenic synthesis map at a scale of 1:500,000;
  2. a synthesis of the lithotectonic and metallogenic evolution of the Orogen;
  3. summary descriptions of most of the 22 types of deposits occurring in the region;
  4. a catalogue of the 393 mineral deposits inventoried in SIGÉOM;
  5. a selection of geochemical maps of lake-bottom sediments.

Publication of the complete report is slated for the Québec Exploration 2004 convention. However, on March 6, 2004, the lithotectonic and metallogenic synthesis map (in French and in English) in digital form, as a PDF file, as well as the catalogue of mineral deposits located on the map (in French only) in the form of an Excel file will be available.

The synthesis report on the New Québec Orogen is a new reference for understanding Québec's geology. This synthesis is part of a series that began recently with “Ressources minérales de la région de Montréal” (DV 2001-09) and “Géologie et ressources minérales de la partie est de la Province de Grenville” (DV 2002-03), and will continue in 2006 with the geological synthesis of the Far North.

Zooming in on the Grenville: Géologie et ressources minérales de la partie est de la province de Grenville (DV 2002-03)

Daniel Brisebois
Thomas Clark
Direction de Géologie Québec

Until recently, the mineral resource inventory of much of the Middle North Shore area was still at the reconnaissance stage. In 1995, the Québec Ministère des Ressources naturelles, de la Faune et des Parcs (MRNFP) therefore began a geological mapping program in three areas of the Middle North Shore: the northeastern and northwestern parts of the area underlain by Wakeham Group rocks and the Manitou Lake area. The goal was to promote the mineral potential of the region and to accelerate mineral exploration in the most promising areas. Mapping was complemented by geophysical surveys (gravity, magnetic, and electromagnetic) as well as by petrological, geochronological, and metallogenic studies.

Results of this work are presented in "Géologie et ressources minérales de la partie est de la Province de Grenville", a collection of thirteen articles written by multidisciplinary teams. These articles include a synthesis of recent and previous work carried out by the MRNFP in this area and in a neighbouring area to the east, as well as an article about adjacent land in Labrador. Other articles cover the petrology and the geochronology of this part of the Grenville, and the metallogeny of base and precious metals and of industrial minerals, including a detailed description of the Lac Volant Ni-Cu showing. The report also includes a synthesis map of the Grenville Province in this part of Québec's North-Shore.*

This report is an important milestone in understanding the geology of Québec. It is one of a series of syntheses that began with "Ressources minérales de la région de Montréal" (DV 2001-09) and will continue with "Synthèse lithotectonique et métallogénique de l’Orogène du Nouveau-Québec (fosse du Labrador)", in fall 2004, and with the geological synthesis of the Far North, expected in 2006.

To obtain a copy

Centre de services des mines
5700, 4e Avenue Ouest, A 209
Charlesbourg (Québec) G1H 6R1
Téléphone : (418) 627-6278 (région de la Capitale-Nationale)
Ligne sans frais : 1 800 363-7233 (sans frais au Canada)
Télécopieur : (418) 643-2816
Courriel : services.mines@mern.gouv.qc.ca

New online product for mining clientele

With the objective of providing innovative products that meet its mining clientele’s needs, the Ministère des Ressources naturelles, de la Faune et des Parcs has been offering a new online service since June 2003: GDM (Gestion des droits miniers) (mining duties management).

Mining and exploration companies annually declare their mining profits or losses, calculated according to the Mining Duties Act. When filing their mining duties return, the companies either claim a credit on duties refundable for losses or present the mining duties payable on the profits derived from their mining operations.

Electronic filing of the mining duties return is now facilitated by the GDM application. Running in Excel, this user-friendly application offers browsing flexibility and can also be used to evaluate various fiscal scenarios.

Additional information concerning this application is available on the Ministry’s website.

Report and highlights of mining activities in Québec
Exclusively at the PDAC Convention

As of March 7, 2004, the report and highlights of Québec's mining industry will be available at the PDAC Convention.

Summary and highlights of the Québec mining industry in 2003 reviews mining industry data compiled from statistical surveys conducted in fall 2003. This publication will be available on the Department's Internet site at the beginning of March.

The 2003 Report on Mineral Exploration Activities in Québec provides an overview of mineral exploration activities in Québec and highlights the mineral potential of the geological provinces forming its bedrock. This publication will be available on CD.

Come visit us at Booth 224.