Partnership at Géologie Québec:
A new approach
For many years now, governments have been searching
for new ways to be more efficient at lower cost. Traditionally,
governments have taken on the responsibility and expense for basic
data acquisition in the natural resources sector, and more specifically
in the geoscience field; this has been the case for over 100 years,
ever since the creation of a geological service in Québec.
Of course, over the years, government geologists have also exchanged
information with geologists from exploration companies. Moreover,
companies are required to file assessment work reports under the
Mining Act. Data derived from these reports has substantially contributed
to our knowledge base; since 1978, these reports are inventoried
in SIGÉOM’s documentary database, and a few are integrated
in the Department’s geological database. However, until the
mid-1990s, very few partnerships existed between governments and
the mining industry.
This article paints a portrait of the current situation in
terms of basic geoscience data acquisition in Québec, and
introduces the notion of partnership as a new approach to apply
in this field.
A new approach: Partnership