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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.

Adoption of the Act respecting transparency measures in the mining, oil and gas industries – Legislation that reflects the values of the people of Québec

The National Assembly adopted the Act respecting transparency measures in the mining, oil and gas industries on October 21, 2015. Luc Blanchette, the Minister for Mines, was both pleased and proud of the fact that the Act reflects the values of the people of Québec in this respect

See the press release
(French only)

Economic growth of gross domestic product: The mining regions stand out in 2014

On September 17 last, the Institut de la statistique du Québec published a press release showing the contribution made by the mining regions to the growth of Québec’s gross domestic product in 2014. “The mining regions continue to benefit from the mining sector’s dynamism, and reported the highest growth rates in Québec in 2014: Nord-du-Québec (+ 9.5%), Côte-Nord (+ 7.1%) and l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue (+ 6.2%). This is revealed by data on regional GDP as updated by the Institut de la statistique du Québec and posted on its website.”

See the press release
(French only)

Granting of the environmental authorization certificate – An important step forward for Nemaska Lithium’s Whabouchi project

On September 4, 2015, Luc Blanchette, Québec’s Minister for Mines and Minister responsible for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec Regions, and Pierre Arcand, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Minister responsible for the Plan Nord and Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord Region, announced that the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques had issued an environmental authorization certificate to Nemaska Lithium for its Whabouchi project. The announcement was made in the presence of Guy Bourassa, President and CEO of Nemaska Lithium, Matthew Coon Come, Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees – Cree Nation Government, and Gregory Jolly, Deputy Chief of the Cree Nation of Nemaska.

See the press release
(French only)

The 2014 annual report on mining activity is now online

In Québec, the mining and metal/mineral processing sectors, which account for 3% of the gross domestic product, are a source of collective wealth and an important motor for economic development. Among other things, they are responsible for 25% of our annual exports, as well as for 45,000 direct jobs and tens of thousands of indirect jobs in every region of Québec. While these figures are eloquent, they do not paint a full picture of Québec’s mining sector. You can learn more by reading the 2014 annual report on mining activity (RMA), which gives a complete overview of the sector.

See the 2014 edition of the RMA

Guide for the preparation of a scoping and market study for processing in Québec

A scoping and market study for processing in Québec is required for all projects for which a mining lease must be obtained or renewed, and for mining concessions. The Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles has published a guide to the preparation of the study, which may be obtained from its website.

See the guide

Choosing Québec’s mining sector

The Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles has also updated the English version of its international promotional document (also available in French and Mandarin). As noted by Minister Luc Blanchette in his introduction, the document presents a review of the mining sector’s status and current exploration and mining conditions in Québec. It also describes Québec’s mining potential and the many benefits available to investors.

See Choosing Québec’s Mining Sector

 

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