NEWS: Nunavik April 13, 2012 - 10:20 am

Quebec continues push to sell Plan Nord jobs, sell Nunavik resources

Giant job fair planned for April 20, 21 in Montreal


Job-seekers in Montreal are being urged to turn out at a huge Plan Nord job fair at the Palais de Congrès in downtown Montreal on April 20 and 21.

There they’ll be able to meet with about 100 companies eager to fill more than 500 jobs.

“This show provides a unique opportunity to learn about this great social project, which is the Plan Nord, and the business opportunities it offers and also to see its benefits for all Quebecers,” said Clément Gignac, Quebec’s minister of natural resources and wildlife and minister responsible for Plan Nord, in an April 13 Quebec government news release.

The job fair is open to the public will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on April 20 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 21.

Admission is free, and people are invited to bring their resumés to hand them to company representatives, the news release said.

As Plan Nord, Quebec’s 25-year development scheme for Nunavik and other lands north of the 55th parallel in northern Quebec moves ahead, it’s expected to provide a bonanza of jobs.

A recent study by SECOR, an international management consulting firm, said Plan Nord will bring up to 37,200 new jobs a year to Quebec.

As well, about 600 people are expected to attend an April 20 forum on natural resources, organized by the Montreal chamber of commerce, followed by a lunch at which Quebec Premier Jean Charest, is the featured speaker.

Meetings are also scheduled during the forum between major contractors and suppliers of products and services, the news release said.

This week Charest visited Brazil where he touted Plan Nord’s ability to furnish rare earth elements, which have been found in Nunavik.

REE’s or rare earth elements, are commonly used in flatscreen televisions, laptops, iPod earbuds and digital cameras.

So-called “heavy” rare earth metals, used to produce heat-resistant magnets found in wind turbines, computer hard drives, rechargeable batteries and electric motors, are particularly in demand by industry.

Companies have already reported promising finds of REEs in Nunavik at Azimut’s Rex South property, about 145 kilometres east of Hudson Bay and Puvirnituq, at Azimut’s Diana property,  40 km northwest of Kuujjuaq, and at Quebec Commerce Resources Corp.‘s Eldor property, about 130 km south of of Kuujjuaq.

At the Eldor property,  a 25-year open‐pit mining operation could feed 7,500 tonnes per day to a concentrator located at the Project site, a technical report said.

The concentrator product could then be processed in a hydrometallurgical plant located in nearby Kuujjuaq, it suggested.

Mining projects for REEs are under development in the territory covered by Plan Nord, which makes Quebec an attractive alternative supplier to China for these metals, Charest said at a gathering in Sao Paulo, Brazil.