The communities of Blind River and Elliot Lake initiated their area's involvement in the site selection process by formally expressing interest in learning about the project in 2012. The neighbouring communities of The North Shore and Spanish also expressed interest at that time. This expression of interest triggered studies to explore potential suitability of area geology, while the communities learned more about the project and reflected on their interest.
In 2017, after several years of progressively more detailed study and engagement, we concluded that the area would not be a potential host for the project.
The project will only move forward in any area with interested communities, First Nation, Métis and surrounding communities, working together to implement it. We are committed to respecting the Aboriginal rights and treaties of Aboriginal peoples. We also recognize there may be unresolved claims between Aboriginal communities and the Crown to be taken into account in relation to a proposed site.
Information detailing work we completed in this area is available below.