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Québec-Ontario Partnership:
To Improve our Knowledge of the Abitibi Belt

Robert Marquis
Manager, Service géologique du Nord-Ouest
Géologie Québec Department 

For the first time in its history, the Géologie Québec directorate is developing its annual exploration program for the Abitibi area jointly with its Ontarian counterpart, the Ontario Geological Survey. The goal of this unprecedented partnership is to acquire new geological knowledge relevant to mineral exploration for the entire Abitibi Greenstone Belt. In 2006-2007, the emphasis will particularly be on sharing information concerning the Blake River Group as well as the Kidd-Munroe and Kinojévis assemblages. It will rapidly improve our understanding of these complex areas that straddle the border and are highly prospective for copper.

This major partnership project is benefiting significantly from the Geological Survey of Canada's Targeted Geoscience Initiative IGC/TGI, which has identified the Abitibi project as a federal priority. To date, several planning sessions have been held to come to an agreement on a tripartite method of governance, and to set objectives, priorities, products, and deadlines. A two-day workshop was held in Rouyn-Noranda in early February to determine how the new data collected by the various partners would be managed, which is essential to ensuring its rapid integration into existing delivery systems. The respective contributions of Québec, Ontario, and Canada, which will make it possible to meet the targeted objectives, were also precisely defined.

This new partnership will make it possible to open up the network to a greater number of stakeholders. It will also increase the economic impact of geological work carried out in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt, in a sustainable economic development perspective.