Kipawa Rare Earths Project

Quebec Precious Metals proposes the construction, operation and decommissioning of a rare earths open-pit mine about 40 kilometres east of the municipality of Kipawa. The proposed project would process 1.3 million tonnes of ore per year over a 15-year operation period with a daily average extraction rate of 3,650 tonnes. The concentrate would be shipped by truck or by train and then by boat to Asian or European refineries. The proposed project would also include the construction of a concentrator, a power line as well as ancillary buildings such as storage, a laboratory and administrative offices.

Please note that the proponent was formerly known as Matamec Explorations Inc.

Latest update

August 29, 2022 – The environmental assessment of the Kipawa Rare Earths Project has terminated. The proponent has not provided the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada with the required information or studies within the legislated time limit.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
14 Notice of Termination - August 29, 2022
12 Final Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines PDF (1.3 MB) May 31, 2013
9 Notice of Commencement of an Environmental Assessment - April 2, 2013
5 Notice of Environmental Assessment Determination - March 28, 2013
4 Summary of the Project Description of a Designated Project - February 11, 2013


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  • Location

    • Kipawa (Quebec)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Mines and Minerals
  • Assessment Status

  • Proponent

    Quebec Precious Metals
  • Authorities

    • Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Environmental assessment under CEAA 2012
  • Reference Number


This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.

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