The Québec Mining Association (QMA) congratulates Maïté Blanchette Vézina on her appointment as Minister of Natural Resources and Forests and offers her its full support in ensuring that the mining industry develops in a sustainable and responsible way as a source of wealth and pride for Québec.
The QMA also congratulates Benoit Charette and Ian Lafrenière, respectively reappointed as Minister of the Environment, the Fight Against Climate Change, Wildlife and Parks and Minister Responsible for Relations with the First Nations and Inuit. The QMA will be glad to continue its discussions with both Ministers to help them take the realities of mineral development in Québec into account in connection with environmental authorizations and community relations.
The QMA congratulates Pierre Fitzgibbon for his extended mandate as Minister of Economy, Innovation and Energy. The QMA looks forward to working with him to examine possible solutions to energy issues in the mining sector, and in particular the growing need for hydroelectricity supplies in response to the decarbonization of mine facilities.
Québec has a strong mining industry that has earned an excellent reputation worldwide thanks to its qualified workforce and ethical, responsible and respectful approach to mining. The mining industry hopes to continue to make a major contribution to the socio-economic prosperity of Québec and its regions. The QMA, in turn, hopes that the government will continue to position the mining sector as a solution to climate issues and will remain responsive in order to promote a situation that is conducive to investment and mineral development in Québec, while ensuring that the industry retains its competitive edge.
« A lot has been accomplished in the last four years, but several issues must be faced if our industry is to continue its development and improve its competitive edge on the world stage. We will continue to work with the government in order to maintain a strong mining industry.” »– 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 48,187 jobs and activities totaling $11.7 billion generated by Québec’s mining industry in 2020. The QMA’s mission is to promote, support and proactively develop a responsible, committed and innovative mining industry in Québec.