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Canada invests in clean mining technology in Quebec city

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Canada’s mining and minerals industry is important to communities across the country. Developing Canada's natural resources in more sustainable and responsible ways drives the country’s economy, reduces its environmental impacts and creates jobs. This will be more important than ever as it reopens its economy and plans the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

Jean-Yves Duclos, President of Treasury Board of Canada and Member of Parliament for Quebec, on behalf of Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, has recently announced an investment of over CAN$2.1 million for Corem, a Quebec-based innovative expertise centre in mining processing. The Quebec Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources is also contributing an additional CAN$100,000 to this project.

“The government of Canada continues to invest in projects that position Canada’s mining industry as a leader on the global stage. Through innovative ideas and dedicated partners such as Corem, which has been a presence in the Quebec region for more than 20 years, we are helping to reduce impacts on the environment, create jobs and ensure good mining practices in Quebec for years to come,” commented Jean-Yves Duclos, President of Treasury Board of Canada and Member of Parliament for Quebec.

The funding will support the development of an innovative gold extraction process for the recovery and recycling of cyanide in the gold extraction process, which is more environmentally sustainable and reduces the impact of gold mining on the aquatic ecosystem. Corem will work to accelerate the deployment of the process at commercial scale by constructing a pilot-scale processing plant.

Corem’s recycling technology is expected to reduce the volume of contaminated water stored in tailings ponds, thereby contributing to the sustainability and competitiveness of the mining industry.

“This financial support demonstrates the importance and interest in the development of clean technologies for the mining industry and the government of Canada. It allows Corem to pursue its mission of developing innovative solutions for the benefit of a sustainable mining industry and of working closely with our members, our customers and our partners,” added Francis Fournier President and CEO, Corem.

Funding is provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Growth Programme, which invests in clean technology research and development projects in Canada’s energy, mining and forest sectors. The program is a CAN$155-million investment fund that helps emerging clean technologies further reduce their impacts on air, land and water while enhancing competitiveness and creating jobs.

The Clean Growth Programme also provides federal laboratory support for innovators under the Science and Technology Assistance for Cleantech initiative, which is intended to help bring Canadian clean technologies to market by providing federal research expertise, facilities and equipment.

The government of Canada will continue to support innovative projects in the mining sector that create a clean, sustainable and competitive natural resources sector that reduces pollution and fights against climate change.

Read the article online at: https://www.globalminingreview.com/environment-sustainability/11082020/canada-invests-in-clean-mining-technology-in-quebec-city/

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