Canada: College of the North Atlantic introduces cutting-edge technology to mine new opportunities


When businesses, organizations, and post-secondary institutions work together to find innovative solutions to today’s challenges, they contribute to a stronger economy for all Canadians. That is why the Government of Canada together with the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador is helping College of the North Atlantic (CNA) advance game-changing technology that will position the region as a global leader in the mining industry.

Federal and provincial government support for mining industry growth

Today, Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA, along with the Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Industry, Energy and Technology, announced a total contribution of $4.5 million to CNA to develop advanced drill core imaging technology. The Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) and Agnico Eagle Mines also supported the project.

These investments supported the development of a state-of-the-art mobile Hyperspectral Scanning Unit (HSU), which is currently at the Iron Ore Company of Canada in Labrador City conducting its first drill core scans. The HSU produces high-resolution drill core images that will give mining companies a better understanding of a region’s geology. The new technology will make drill core logging more accurate, improve exploration processes and increase the potential to discover new, lucrative mineral deposits.

Today’s announcement demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to help Atlantic Canada innovate and support growth industries such as mining.


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