Report of recommendations - Mineral Exploration

The JBACE published a Report of recommendations regarding mineral exploration and the Section 22 assessment and review procedure. These recommendations pertain to the inclusion and exclusion lists. These lists play a major role in environmental assessments because they determine which projects require an impact study.

In the case of the impact assessment and review procedure applicable to the James Bay Territory, such lists correspond to schedules 1 and 2 of Section 22 of the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement (JBNQA).

The JBACE is proposing changes to the lists to consider experience resulting from the procedure's application while ensuring Cree involvement in the process. This would make the lists more transparent and avoid duplication in the environmental assessment process by considering applicable regulations.

You may consult the Complete Report (6 MB) or Abridged Report (2 MB)

See also:

Diagram of exploration process
Overview of regulatory oversight
New regional governance regime (updated April 2016)

Relevant links:

Cree Mineral Exploration Board
Québec's Mineral Exploration Strategy (2009)
Cree Nation Mining Policy (2010)

Fact sheets: 

  1. Prospecting
  2. Claim obtention
  3. Line cutting
  4. Geophysical and geochemical surveying
  5. Preliminary surface sampling
  6. Examination of outcrops
  7. Drilling
  8. Surface stripping, pitting and trenching
  9. Blasting
  10. Bulk sampling
  11. Camps
  12. Trails and roads
  13. Helipads and airstrips