Strange Lake Rare Earth Mining Project

Torngat Metals Ltd. is proposing the construction, operation and closure of an open-pit rare earth mine, located about 235 kilometres northeast of Schefferville, in Quebec. The mine would have a production capacity of up to 55,000 tonnes per day and a lifespan of 30 years. As proposed, the Strange Lake Rare Earth Mining Project would include at the mine site a 1,500-metre-long airstrip, a new metal mill with an ore input capacity of 17,000 tonnes per day, waste rock and tailings piles, and associated buildings. The proponent plans to build a seasonal road of about 160 kilometres between the mine site and the port of Voisey's Bay, on the Labrador coast. The rare earth concentrate would be transported by road and then by sea to a high purity separation plant in Sept-Îles.

Latest update

January 22, 2024 — The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada issued the Summary of Issues to the proponent on December 22, 2023, for the preparation of the Detailed Project Description and Response to the Summary of Issues.

At a glance

1. Planning

1. Planning

In progress 116/180 days

Key documents

Comment periods

2. Impact Statement

2. Impact Statement

Not started 0/1095 days
3. Impact Assessment

3. Impact Assessment

Not started 0/300 days
4. Decision Making

4. Decision Making

Not started 0/30 days
5. Post Decision

Post Decision phase is an ongoing process

The project is expected to begin as federal authorizations are issued and other compliance requirements are met.

5. Post Decision

Not started



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Strange Lake Rare Earth Mining Project
Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
901-1550, Estimauville Avenue
Québec, Quebec G1J 0C1
Telephone: 418-649-6444

  • Location

    • Strange Lake Rare Earth Mining Project (Labrador) and (Quebec)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Mines and Minerals
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Torngat Metals Ltd.
  • Authorities

    • Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Planning Phase for Impact Assessment
  • 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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