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Minerals Strategy

What is a Minerals Strategy?

Newfoundland and Labrador is blessed with rich mineral resources; these have been a source of wealth, employment and raw materials throughout our history. The management of these resources offers a challenge, with a need to strike a balance between encouraging development, protecting the environment, and ensuring maximum benefits to the province. Minerals are a non- renewable resource, and so they must be managed sustainably with due consideration of the environmental impacts of development. We are committed to the development of a strategy to manage and develop the mineral resources of the Province, in collaboration with key stakeholders and partners including industry, communities, Aboriginal groups and other interest groups.

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Why is a Strategy Needed?

The mineral sector provides opportunities to develop the economy of rural areas of the province and will benefit from long-term strategic planning. The last review of mineral policy and legislation was in the 1970s. This review marked a major change in the way the industry was managed introducing competitive staking, and outlining new legislation. Since then the industry has changed dramatically and new challenges must be faced. The regulatory environment for minerals must take into consideration developments in Aborginal law. Development of mineral resources must be sustainable, ensuring economic and community benefits and minimizing environmental impact. Current government policy, as defined in the Energy Plan, provides strategic direction for management of non-renewable energy resources in the province. We need to ensure minerals sector policy is appropriately aligned with the policies in the energy sector.

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Public Consultations - Information

A series of public consultation sessions took place across the province. These involved time-limited presentations by interested parties who pre-registered their interest and unregistered presentations by others present at the meeting.

Written submissions were encouraged, and are archived on the Minerals Strategy web site

Consultations in Baie Verte, Corner Brook, Stephenville, Grand Falls, Gander, Marystown, Clarenville, Long Harbour, St. John's, Labrador City, Goose Bay, St. Anthony, Port Hope Simpson and Nain are now completed, but e-mail submissions are encouraged from those who could not attend.

Two successful workshop sessions were held in early April; the results are summarized below.

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Public consultations- Submissions


Workshop summaries Meeting records

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News Releases

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Infrastructure report

As part of the process of developing the strategy, government commissioned a report entitled "Analysis of Infrastructure Constraints on the Future Development of Iron Resources in Labrador, Canada". The executive summary is now available (October 2011), and the full report can be downloaded.

Executive summary

Download full report   PDF (384 M)

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Contact Information

Contact the Minerals Strategy Working Group.

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