It is with honor that I have accepted the presidency of the Association for the next year. First, I would like to thank the Board of Directors’ members for the trust and support they have shown me in front of the challenges to come in for the next year.

Soon, the Fraser institute will present their annual Survey of Mining Compagnies, ranking several mining jurisdictions in the world. Over the past five years, we have been in sharp decline, mainly due to the debates on our industry and positions taken by the various governments. Currently, a regulatory blur continues to exist as to the application of certain legislation passed more than 13 months ago, so this can compromise the effectiveness of Québec in the development of its natural resources, the economic viability of mineral exploration and competitiveness globally.

We are waiting for regulations governing the amendments to the Mining Act, the consultation policy of the native communities in mining sectors, government policy documents setting out the rules that will guide the regional county municipalities in the delimitation of the territories inconsistent to the mining activities and conclusions of the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE). Also, we are waiting for government precision on the conservation of the natural heritage of the Plan Nord, to the possibility of removing 50% of the territory north of the 49th parallel to any industrial activity and on maximizing and development of Northern Infrastructure. These are some of the elements for which of the Québec Mineral Exploration Association will help thinking with the objective to support the expansion of our industry and their contribution to the economic growth of Québec.
All modification of legislative and fiscal frameworks should lead to remove the uncertainty and unpredictability that has characterized for too long our business environment. The government has an opportunity to reposition the Québec ranking of the best jurisdictions in terms of the attractiveness of their mining sector and boost the attractiveness of investments required for expansion.

On the other hand, at the Association, our goal is to implant all the changes to our governance and to ensure that the Board of Directors and permanence can effectively play their roles. We want to improve, diversify and develop new services to members of the Québec Mineral Exploration Association.

We have a busy year ahead of us and a lot of challenges, so it’s all together that we will be able to make a success.


Frank Mariage
QMEA Board of director's President