The Matoush Uranium Exploration Project

Applicant: Strateco Resources Inc.

Location: The Matoush uranium exploration project is centrally located in the Province of Quebec, 210 km north of the Cree community of Mistissini and about 275 km north of the town of Chibougamau. There are no settlements or residences in the vicinity of the proposed project. The nearest community is Mistissini.

Summary: The Matoush project proposes the creation of an exploration ramp, driving two exploration tunnels in waste rock, drilling of the mineralized zone, and up to three excavations through the mineralized zone. The proposed activities will allow the applicant to further define the amount and grade of uranium. This information will be used to determine the feasibility of building a mine and mill. There are no plans for development through the mineralized zone beyond what is required to define the ore body. No production mining or milling activities have been proposed.

Latest news

Licensing progress details (Timelines are best estimates and are subject to change)

The proposed project was the subject of a public Commission hearing held in Mistissini and Chibougamau, Québec on June 5–7, 2012. Following the hearing, the Commission issued a license to Strateco for the Matoush Underground Exploration Project. An environmental assessment was also completed for the project.

Licence to prepare site and construct

Project Milestone

Responsibility
and Status

Link to document

Date

Strateco submitted an application for a Licence to prepare site and construct Completed
Completed by Strateco
Nov. 4, 2008
Notice of the start of the licensing and environmental assessment (EA) process posted Completed
Completed by CNSC
Notice of the start of the environmental assessment process Mar. 5, 2009
EA guidelines provided to Strateco Completed
Completed by CEA Agency
Matoush Uranium Exploration Project guidelines Mar. 31, 2009
Availability of funding for public and Aboriginal participants in EA review (Participant Funding Program) announced Completed
Completed by CEA Agency
Notice of public funding program Sept. 30, 2009
Awarded Participant Funding for the EA review Completed
Completed by CEA Agency
Awarded Participant Funding Program
Submit draft environmental and social impact study (ESIS) Completed
Completed by Strateco
environmental impact statement Nov. 10, 2009
Submit detailed licence application information Completed
Completed by Strateco
Nov. 2009
Conduct technical review of the ESIS and licence application documentation Completed
Completed by CNSC
Commission member document CMD 12-H7

Review of the ESIS by the CNSC was completed June 2011

Review of licensing application and Commission member document was completed by April 5, 2012
Hold public information session on draft ESIS Completed
Completed by COFEX/COMEX
Notice of public information session May, 2010
Hold public hearing on draft ESIS Completed
Completed by COFEX/COMEX
Notice of public hearing Nov. 2010
Submit draft comprehensive study report (CSR) Completed
Completed by COFEX
July 2011
Submit comprehensive study report (CSR) to Environment Canada Completed
Completed by CNSC
July 2011
Post CSR for public and Aboriginal comment on the (CEARIS) Completed
Completed by CEA Agency
Comprehensive study report Aug. 2011
If the Minister recommends the project proceed to licensing the CNSC will begin their public hearing process Completed
Completed by President of CEA Agency & Federal Minister of the Environment
February 2012
Decision from the Minister of Environment Completed by the Minister of Environment Minister of Environment's decision February 2, 2012
Post CNSC Staff recommendations for licensing for public and Aboriginal comment Completed
Completed by CNSC
Commission member document CMD 12-H7 April 2012
Hold public licensing hearing (in Mistissini and Chibougamau) Completed
Completed by CNSC
Notice of hearing June 5–7, 2012
Post Commission decision on the licence application Completed
Completed by the CNSC
CNSC license decision October 17, 2012