This project, led by the Mining Innovation Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCO), will develop a comprehensive approach for evaluating rehabilitation plans for abandoned mines through a review of 15-20 sites in Ontario and the Northwest Territories, including an in-depth review of three. The ultimate goal of this project is to ensure that rehabilitation plans for today's abandoned mines will address the climate change risks of tomorrow, while protecting the health and safety of Canadians.
The announcement supports the objectives of the Adaptation and Resilience pillar of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change by turning scientific information and traditional knowledge into action.
Funded through Natural Resources Canada's Climate Change Adaptation Platform, the project supports the development of tools and knowledge needed to help Canadians, regions and economic sectors become more resilient to a changing climate.
Lefebvre commented: "Our government is supporting projects that help us expand our understanding of the impacts of climate change. With this knowledge, we can help ensure today's plans for abandoned and orphaned mine rehabilitation will reduce the climate-change risks of tomorrow."