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Québec supports  three mining companies that aim for sustainable development

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An aerial view of the Lamaque mine facilities, administered by the Eldorado Gold company, recipient of one of the grants.

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Three mining companies in Abitibi-Témiscamingue share nearly $80,000 from the Quebec government to support their sustainable development practices.

For the companies Probe Gold and Forage Spektra, the assistance covers expenses related to ECOLOGO certification, a program put forward by the Association of Mineral Exploration of Quebec, in collaboration with the UQAT-UQAM chair in entrepreneurship mining.

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From left to right: Christian Baril, regional director of Forage Spektra, Pierre Dufour, MP for Abitibi-Est, Sylvain Lehoux, vice-president of Canada and general manager of Eldorado Gold Québec, and Marco Gagnon, executive vice-president of Probe Gold.

Eldorado Gold Québec, for its part, obtains more than $56,000 for its initiative Towards sustainable mining development, which is aimed at mining companies exploitation members of the Quebec Mining Association.

ECOLOGO certified since December 2022, Forage Spektra sends the message that it adheres to high standards in terms of the environment, health and safety, and even relations with the community.

The standard standardizes the objectives to be achieved for each player in the industry, explains Christian Baril, regional director of Forage Spektra. The supplier who arrives at a mine must be aligned with the mine's objectives and seek the same results. It’s a bit like the ISO standards at the time. Yes, it’s work to implement, with documentation, monitoring, reports. The hardest part is getting started, doing the first year. Afterwards, we quickly realize that it works well.

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For the company Probe Gold, which is working to develop the Novador mining project in the region of Val-d'Or, the standard has confirmed the efforts made over several years, according to Marco Gagnon, executive vice-president.

We have always applied very high standards in health and safety, in our practices in the territory and the collaboration with our partners, he says. The standard becomes a quality control for us, but also for our workers and our suppliers. We are proud of what we have achieved so far and certification allows us to document it. When we have discussions with our stakeholders, we are able to explain what we do well. And if there are any non-conformities, we are able to identify them and find solutions.

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Pierre Dufour proceeded to this announcement on behalf of the Minister of Natural Resources, Maïté Blanchette-Vézina.

The MP for Abitibi-Est, Pierre Dufour, who made this announcement on behalf of the Minister of Natural Resources, Maïté Blanchette-Vézina, believes that Quebec is aiming above all to send a message to the mining industry with this aid program.

It’s not so much the amount that’s important, he says. These are not large amounts and the process costs a lot more than that for businesses. It’s a little support for those who take action. We are working on different issues with universities on ways to achieve social acceptability, on best practices. Recognized specialists are implementing ways of doing things and seeking to get companies to adhere to these practices.

More than twenty companies mining companies in Quebec already adhere to ECOLOGO certification.

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