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Joyce Lake Direct Shipping Iron Ore Project

Labec Century Iron Ore is proposing the construction, operation and decommissioning of an open-pit iron ore mine located approximately 20 kilometres northeast of Schefferville, Quebec in Newfoundland and Labrador. As proposed, the mine would produce up to an estimated 2.5 million tons of ore per year over a life span of seven years. The ore would be transported by truck to the existing rail owned by Tshiuetin Rail Transportation Inc. for transportation to the Port of Sept-Îles, where it would be shipped to market. The mine and mine infrastructure would consist of: an open pit, dewatering of Joyce Lake, waste rock disposal, processing (dry) and support infrastructure, access and haulage roads, a causeway, and a rail loop.


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Latest update

August 5, 2014 - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines to the proponent on March 5, 2013 for the preparation of an environmental impact statement.

January 8, 2015 - On December 8, 2014, the proponent submitted a project update to the Agency.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
9 Final Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines PDF (1.3 MB) March 5, 2013
5 Notice of Environmental Assessment Determination - January 4, 2013
3 Summary of the Project Description of a Designated Project PDF (4.4 MB) November 19, 2012

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  • Joyce Lake Direct Shipping Iron Ore Project
  • Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
  • 200-1801 Hollis Street
  • Halifax, NS, B3J 3N4
  • Telephone: 902-426-0564
  • Fax: 902-426-6550
  • Email:

  • Location

    • Labrador (approximately 20 km northeast of Schefferville, QC) (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Project Type

    • Mines and Minerals
  • Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Labec Century Iron Ore
  • Authorities

    • Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Environmental assessment under CEAA 2012
  • Reference Number

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