Support for the digital transition in the mining sector

Québec City, March 18, 2021 – The Québec Mining Association (QMA) welcomes the financial contribution of $1.3 million to the MISA Group by the Government of Québec for the implementation of its project Mission Mines Autonomes 2030, which aims to encourage mining companies and industry partners to continue their work to create smart, autonomous mines.

Although the digital shift has already begun in Québec’s mining industry, much remains to be done and it is clear that this pooling of forces will help accelerate the process. By introducing new technologies and focusing on automation, digitization and artificial intelligence, mining companies will become more productive and competitive while offering a safer working environment.

The Québec Mining Association wishes the project partners every success, and commends the commitment and joint action that once again highlights the solidarity of Québec’s mining industry and its world-leading role.

« Québec’s mines have already begun their digital shift. Self-driving trucks are already at work in mines, other equipment is operated remotely, and many other technological innovations are used to maximize processes and increase a mine’s performance and competitiveness, while making workers safer. We believe that Mission Mines Autonomes 2030 will be able to accelerate and extend this process. This is a promising project for the future of the mining industry. »

« The QMA supports the pooling of forces and teamwork as a way to take advantage of every opportunity. In awarding this financial assistance, the government confirms its commitment towards a modern, wealth-creating mining industry that is a source of pride for all Quebecers. »

– Josée Méthot, QMA President and CEO

About the Québec Mining Association

The Québec Mining Association (QMA) was founded in 1936 and speaks proactively for mining companies involved in exploration, extraction and processing, mining contractors and junior mining companies, along with suppliers, institutions, non-profit organizations and other mining sector partners. It is proud of the 48,006 jobs and total expenditure of $9.9 billion generated by Québec’s mining industry in 2018, based on the most recent data. The QMA’s mission is to promote, support and proactively develop a responsible, committed and innovative mining industry in Québec.