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Highlights of Government News in the Mine Development Sector

Gladys Chamberland
Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles

On this page, we present a summary of recent news directly or indirectly related to Government action in the mine development sector, which we feel will interest readers of the Québec Mines Bulletin.  

Tabling of the draft bill on transparency measures – For greater transparency in mining, oil and gas activities

On June 11 last, Luc Blanchette, the Minister for Mines, presented a draft bill on transparency in the mining, oil and gas industries. The bill provides for compulsory declaration of cash payments or payments in kind valued at $100,000 or more, made by mining, oil or gas companies as part of their projects, and also stipulates that these declarations will be made public. The bill was the subject of a special consultation on August 18 and 19 last.

To follow the National Assembly’s work on the bill (in French)

End of session review – A full year for the Minister for Mines

On June 18, 2015, Luc Blanchette, Minister for Mines and Minister Responsible for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec Regions, published a press release reviewing the last parliamentary session and the measures introduced by the Government for the mining sector.

To read the Minister’s review (in French)

Two million dollars for research into the social acceptability of mining projects and the development of mine tailings

In a press release issued on June 23, 2015, Luc Blanchette (Minister for Mines) and Maryse Lassonde, Scientific Director of the Québec Research Fund – Nature and Technlogy (FRQNT), announced funding of nearly $2 million for research projects addressing the subject of social acceptability for mining projects and the development of mine tailings. On August 19 last, the FRQNT also announced the launch of the new program and invited interested researchers to submit applications.

To read the press release announcing the funds (in French)
To learn how to present a research project (in French)

Government authorization for the Dumont Mine project

Good news for Abitibi-Témiscamingue: Royal Nickel can proceed with its Dumont Mine project. On June 25 last, David Heurtel, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, and Luc Blanchette, Minister for Mines and Minister Responsible for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region, accompanied by Guy Bourgeois, MNA for Abitibi-Est, announced that the Québec Government had issued a certificate authorizing exploitation of the nickel deposit located on the territory of the Canton de Launay and Trécesson municipalities, roughly 25 kilometres west of Amos.

Read the press release (in French)

Spin-offs from mining activity in Québec: Figures and indicators

For those who would like an idea of the spin-offs generated by mining activity in Québec, the Ministère de l'Énergie et des Ressources naturelles published two analysis documents on the subject in early July. The first presents the economic and tax-related spin-offs from Québec’s mining sector, and the other offers a general overview of the sector’s spin-offs from the standpoint of sustainable development principles.

To read the first document: Retombées économiques et fiscales du secteur minier québécois
To read the second document: Tableau de bord sur les indicateurs de développement durable dans le secteur minier du Québec


Reminder: Application of the Mining Tax Act

Beginning on September 1, 2015, the Minister of Revenue will be responsible for the Mining Tax Act. As a result, operators who must produce mining tax returns or pay mining tax instalments after that date should send their returns and payments to Revenu Québec at the following address:

Revenu Québec
3800, Rue de Marly
P.O. Box 27750, Succursale Terminus
Québec City (Québec) G1A 0B3



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