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Bill 79: An Act to Amend the Mining Act

Innovative Measures to Facilitate the Shift to Sustainable Mining

Hélène Giroux and Jocelyn Boucher
Direction générale de la gestion du milieu minier

In June 2009, the Québec government released its very first Québec Mineral Strategy, Preparing for the Future of Québec’s Mineral Sector. This strategy proposes concrete measures, including some that will lead to new practices for both the mining industry and Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune (MRNF) and that require legislative and regulatory amendments.

Serge Simard, Minister for Natural Resources and Wildlife, tabled a bill amending the Mining Act in the National Assembly on December 2, 2009. The purpose of the bill is to implement the priority actions set out in the Québec Mineral Strategy, particularly those regarding environmentally friendly mining development, development of the mineral potential in the regions, and economic development with a view to creating wealth for Quebecers.

The proposed amendments to the Mining Act revolve around three sustainable development dimensions and aim to:

The following are the main amendments with regard to the economic dimension aimed at spurring exploration work on claims:

The following are the proposed amendments with regard to the environmental dimension, which concern both mining and exploration:

The following are the proposed amendments with regard to the social dimension, which aim to reconcile various land uses:

Other measures are also proposed in Bill 79:

Bill 79 will be discussed in parliamentary committee in the coming weeks.

The text of Bill79 is available at the following address: http://www.assnat.qc.ca/en/travaux-parlementaires/projets-loi/projets-loi-39-1.html

Summary of Québec Mineral Strategy

The Québec Mineral Strategy is based on three core elements:

  • Creating wealth and preparing for the future of Québec’s mineral sector
  • Ensuring environmentally friendly mineral development
  • Fostering integrated, community-related mineral development


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