Québec covers 1.7 million km², a huge area with tremendous mineral potential. And it's wide open for exploration and development:
As of December 31, 2014, there were 155,031 active mining titles in Québec, representing a total surface area of 7.2 million hectares or 4.34% of the province.
Québec abounds in resources essential to our modern lifestyle.
Launched in 2014 in the James Bay region, the Renard Mining Project will be Québec’s first diamond mine. Once operating at full capacity, the mine will produce an average of 1.6 million carats a year over its first 11 years, representing approximately 2% of global supply. Commercial production for this project by Canada’s Stornoway Diamond Corporation is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2016.
The Plan Nord opens up a totally new area to mining exploration: a vast tract of land lying north of the 49th parallel, constituting over 70% of the area of Québec. This relatively undeveloped region holds out the promise of fantastically rich mineral resources.
The Plan Nord is an exemplary sustainable development initiative, combining energy, mining, forestry, bio-food, tourism and road development while not losing sight of wildlife enhancement, environmental protection and the preservation of biodiversity.
The territory will be developed respectfully, in cooperation with the communities that live there. The ultimate goal is to ensure prosperity for all Quebecers.