New Gold Mine Will Support Economic Recovery in Northern Ontario

Project Will Create Hundreds of Jobs and Contribute Billions to the Economy

September 11, 2020

GOGAMA — The Ontario government is supporting the construction of IAMGOLD’s new Côté Gold Mine, a project that will drive long-term economic growth and support a strong recovery in Northern Ontario. When fully operational, the mine is expected to employ 450 people, generate more than $5 billion in wages, and contribute $10 billion to Ontario’s gross domestic product over its 18-year life span.

Today, Premier Doug Ford was joined by Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry to participate in the official ground-breaking ceremony marking the start of construction in Gogama, Ontario.

“The opening of this mine is a prime example of how the Ontario government can help businesses grow and create jobs by cutting red tape and removing regulatory roadblocks, without cost to taxpayers,” said Premier Ford. “I want to thank IAMGOLD for making this significant investment in Northern Ontario, which will create good-paying jobs for the local community and support the long-term prosperity of both the region and Ontario as a whole.”

To support the project, the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks worked together through the One-Window Multi-Ministry Team to help coordinate on the environmental assessment process, review the closure plan for the mine, and move the permitting process forward. The government continues to work collaboratively with IAMGOLD, First Nation and Métis communities, the federal government, interest groups and forest industry to reduce delays and remove regulatory barriers for permitting and approvals to help support construction of the project.

“Mining is a key driver of our provincial economy and our government is proud to support Ontario’s world-class mining industry,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines; Minister of Indigenous Affairs. “The opening of  Côté Gold Mine will propel economic recovery forward in the region, once again signalling to the world that Northern Ontario is open for business, jobs and investment.”

The Côté Gold Mine project has gold reserves of more than seven million ounces. During the construction phase alone, the project will create more than 1,000 jobs and generate business for hundreds of local mining supply and services companies. Once construction is complete, the mine is expected to reach full production by 2023.

“Northern Ontario is a resource-rich area with considerable economic development potential, and our goal is to encourage economic growth and create good-paying jobs in these communities,” said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “Our government supports development that is beneficial to our communities while maintaining our commitment to conservation.”

With all regions of Ontario having entered Stage 3 of reopening, the government is moving forward with its made-in-Ontario plan for renewal, growth and economic recovery. For a list of restrictions that remain in place for Stage 3, please visit

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is a leading global jurisdiction in mineral exploration and production. In 2019, the province produced $10.7 billion worth of minerals, or 22 per cent of Canada’s total mineral production.
  • Ontario’s mining sector supports approximately 71,000 jobs in mine production and processing, mineral exploration and mining supply and services.
  • There are 40 active mining operations in Ontario, including 20 gold mines. The Côté Gold Mine and others, such as Pure Gold’s Madsen Project, are expected to add to these numbers in the coming years.
  • There are more than 900 mining supply and services companies in Ontario, over 300 of which are in Northern Ontario.
  • In 2019, Ontario was once again Canada’s leader in mineral exploration expenditures, totalling $497 million — roughly 24 per cent of all mineral exploration expenditures in Canada.
  • At 11 per cent, the mining industry workforce has one of the highest proportions of Indigenous workers of all industries in Ontario.
  • Around two-thirds of Ontario mining jobs are in Northern Ontario.