Québec covers 1.7 million km², a huge area with tremendous mineral potential. And it's wide open for exploration and development:
As at December 31, 2017, there were 150,000 active mining titles in Québec, representing a total surface area of 7.63 million hectares or 4.58% of the province.
Québec abounds in resources essential to our modern lifestyle, including copper, nickel, platinum-group metals, zinc, diamonds, lithium, granite, phosphate and more.
Located in north-central Québec, the Renard Diamond Mine is Québec's first producing diamond mine and Canada's sixth-largest. Stornoway Diamond announced the first production of one million carats of diamonds in May 2017, at the same time the first polished diamonds from the mine became available for sale in Montréal. Now operating at full capacity, the mine will produce an average of 1.8 million carats a year over the next 10 years.
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.