Notice to members and partners of the Québec meilleure mine Coalition
From April 24 to May 19, 2023, the public is invited to participate in a consultation on the Quebec mining framework, conducted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests.
The Québec meilleure mine Coalition has published two tools in French: (1) a preparatory document and (2) a sample brief, to encourage the public to demand an in-depth reform of the Quebec mining framework.
This consultation is a rare opportunity to change the laws to ensure the protection of the environment and local populations affected by the mining industry.
Throughout the Consultation, the QMM Coalition will work to strengthen the framework that governs the entire mining sector by focusing on the following four areas:
- Reducing the mineral and material footprint at the source
- Protecting the environment
- Respecting populations and have balanced land use planning
- Applying the polluter-pays principle and obtaining fiscal justice
The QMM Coalition has produced a Preparation Document to facilitate public participation in the consultation.
It includes a timeline and a list of the four themes, 24 sub-themes, and questions put forward by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests for the Consultation. For each question, we have provided comments based on the positions of the QMM Coalition, and we encourage you to use them as a basis for your submissions.
Our positions echo the results of the Leger National Mining Survey (2022), and are aligned with the 5 Principles for a Better Mining Transition (2019) and the 3 Conditions for Making Transportation Electrification Work Better (Open Letter 2020).
The QMM Coalition has developed a sample brief to facilitate public input. Since it is in PDF format, we invite you to download it first before copying the content in Word format. Then, you will have to fill in each section with your requests, recommendations and concerns to the Minister.
We invite you to draw on the QMM Coalition's comments in the Preparation Document (see table on pages 5 to 19).
Please do not hesitate to contact us for support in preparing your brief.
Dates and ways to participate
The consultations will be held over a very short period of time - less than a month - and almost exclusively at a distance. Despite its intention to take the pulse in each region of the province, only one face-to-face meeting was held in Quebec City on April 20. The department is relying on three tools to reach the population digitally:
- Fill out an online questionnaire
- Submit a brief (we invite you to use the QMM template as a guide)
- From May 4 to 18, participate in a virtual tour of the regions (one meeting per region - see the calendar below) ** REGISTER ONLINE BEFORE MAY 1 **
List of regional meetings
- May 4, 18h30 : Bas-St-Laurent
- May 4, 18h30 : Capitale-Nationale
- May 4, 18h30 : Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Mad
- May 4, 18h30 : Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
- May 10, 18h30 : Abitibi-Témiscamingue
- May 10, 18h30 : Chaudière-Appalaches
- May 10, 18h30 : Estrie
- May 11, 18h30 : Nord-du-Québec
- May 15, 18h30 : Lanaudière
- May 15, 18h30 : Laurentides
- May 16, 18h30 : Côte-Nord
- May 16, 18h30 : Outaouais
- May 17, 18h30 : Centre-du-Québec
- May 17, 18h30 : Mauricie
- May 18, 18h30 : Laval
- May 18, 18h30 : Montérégie
- May 18, 18h30 : Montréal
For more information: Rodrigue Turgeon, Québec Meilleure mine Coalition, 819-444-9226, [email protected]