Kipawa Rare Earths Project

Matamec Explorations Inc. proposes the construction, operation and decommissioning of a rare earths open-pit mine about 40 kilometres east of the municipality of Kipawa. The proposed project would process 1.3 million tonnes of ore per year over a 15-year operation period with a daily average extraction rate of 3,650 tonnes. The concentrate would be shipped by truck or by train and then by boat to Asian or European refineries. The proposed project would also include the construction of a concentrator, a power line as well as ancillary buildings such as storage, a laboratory and administrative offices.


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Latest update

August 5, 2014 - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines to the proponent on May 31, 2013 for the preparation of an environmental impact statement.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
12 Final Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines PDF (1.3 MB) May 31, 2013
9 Notice of Commencement of an Environmental Assessment - April 2, 2013
5 Notice of Environmental Assessment Determination - March 28, 2013
4 Summary of the Project Description of a Designated Project - February 11, 2013

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Kipawa Rare Earths Project
Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
901-1550, d'Estimauville Avenue
Québec, Quebec G1J 0C1
Telephone: 418-649-6444
Fax: 418-649-6443

  • Location

    • Kipawa (Quebec)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Mines and Minerals
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Matamec Explorations Inc.
  • Authorities

    • Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Environmental assessment under CEAA 2012
  • Reference Number


Nearby assessments

..within 200 kilometres
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