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Vivian Sand Processing Facility Project and Vivian Sand Extraction Project

CanWhite Sands Corp. is proposing the construction and operation of the Vivian Sand Processing Facility Project, a new silica sand processing facility located within the Rural Municipality of Springfield, about 35 kilometres east of Winnipeg, Manitoba. As proposed, the Vivian Sand Processing Facility Project would produce over 1.3 million tonnes of silica sand per year, and be located on private land designated for aggregate/industrial activities and adjacent to existing CN Rail infrastructure. The project, which would include the construction of a wet plant, a dry plant and a rail load out, would receive trains on a weekly basis to allow for the transportation of the silica sand product to national and international markets. The proponent is also proposing the construction and operation of the Vivian Sand Extraction Project. Extraction would involve temporary water well drill holes into which air would be injected to flow water and sand to the surface as a slurry. The slurry would be transported to the Vivian Sand Processing Facility using a moveable slurry line, which would be relocated alongside the drilling rigs.


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Latest update

September 16, 2020 — The Minister of Environment and Climate Change received a request on August 18, 2020, to designate the Vivian Sand Processing Facility Project and the Vivian Sand Extraction Project, both proposed by CanWhite Sands Inc. The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) received a second designation request on August 24, 2020, a third designation request on September 8, 2020 and a fourth designation request on September 28, 2020. The Agency is conducting an analysis and will make a recommendation to the Minister on whether to designate the project under the Impact Assessment Act.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
46 Fourth request for designation of project PDF (3.1 MB) September 28, 2020

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Prairie and Northern Regional Office
Canada Place
9700 Jasper Avenue, Suite 1145
Edmonton, AB T5J 4C3
Telephone: 780-495-2037

  • Location

    • Springfield (Manitoba)
  • Project Type

    • Mines and Minerals
  • Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    CanWhite Sands Corps.
  • Authorities

    • Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Request for designation
  • Reference Number


Nearby projects

..within 200 kilometres
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