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Ontario Investing $200 Million in Local Infrastructure

Funding helps communities build and repair roads, bridges, water and wastewater systems

January 25, 2021

TORONTO – Today, the Honourable Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure, announced a $200-million investment in municipalities through the 2021 Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) to help 424 small, rural and northern communities build and repair roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure.

“COVID-19 has created challenges for everyone, including our municipal partners,” said Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure. “By making this stable, predictable investment, our government is not only improving critical infrastructure, we are strengthening local economies, creating jobs and laying the foundation for our long-term recovery.”

OCIF helps eligible communities invest in local infrastructure and asset management planning to address their priority needs.  The province uses a formula to distribute funding, recognizing that municipalities have different infrastructure needs. These investments will help eligible communities attract jobs and investment, as well as build local capacity to grow and thrive.

This annual municipal investment provided through OCIF for local infrastructure in communities across Ontario will contribute to the province’s economic recovery and growth in the coming year.

Quick Facts

  • The Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund provides funding for communities with populations under 100,000, along with all rural and northern communities for local infrastructure projects.
  • In 2020, approximately $200 million in funding was allocated to small, rural and northern communities. Municipalities may accumulate their funding for up to five years to address larger infrastructure projects.
  • Ontario also provides funding to communities through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), a $30-billion, 10-year infrastructure program cost-shared between federal, provincial and municipal governments. Ontario’s share per project will be up to 33.33 per cent, or $10.2 billion spread across five streams: Rural and Northern, Transit Infrastructure, and Community, Culture and Recreation, Green and COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure.
  • As indicated in the Ontario 2020 Budget, planned capital investments over the next 10 years total $142.9 billion.

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Home and Community

Information for families on major life events and care options, including marriage, births and child care. Also includes planning resources for municipalities. Learn more

Rural and North

Information about the province’s Far North and rural communities. Get connected to business improvement organizations and learn more about funding and programs that support rural, northern and Indigenous communities. Learn more

Media Contacts

Christine Bujold

Press Secretary Office of the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure

[email protected]
Sofia Sousa-Dias
Communications Branch Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure
[email protected]


Two new COVID-19 cases confirmed among Nunavik residents staying outside the region – Nunatsiaq News

25 January 2021

Nunavik health officials say two Nunavimmiut have tested positive for COVID-19 outside of the region.

According to a news release from the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, both individuals tested positive for the virus during a stay in the south. They remain in the south, isolating.

The health board did not indicate where the individuals were staying nor if the cases were related to a small outbreak at the Ullivik patient residence in Montreal.

The cases come two days after an airline passenger who took a flight between Montreal and Puvirnituq tested positive.

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MCK: Indian Day School Settlement free ‘Executor and Administrator’ workshop

(Kahnawake – 25, Tsothohrhkó:wa/January 2021) The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) wishes to advise the community that a free Executor and Administrator workshop will take place on Tuesday, February 16, to assist those who are applying for settlements on behalf of deceased Kahnawa’kehró:non.

Estates of Federal Indian Day Schools survivors who passed away on or after July 31, 2007, are eligible to apply.

“Since a number of persons eligible had passed away before the Settlement was reached in 2019, or have passed away since then, it has become clear that a substantial number of people applying for the Settlement on their behalf have had difficulty in navigating the process and/or filling out the application forms,” said Ietsénhaienhs Rhonda Kirby, who has been leading this file on behalf of the MCK. “For this workshop, Gowling WLG lawyers will walk participants through the forms, with a focus on power of attorney and estate claims – which means both those with wills and those without wills.”

The workshop will take place from 7:30pm to 9pm on February 16th. This session is being offered in English. Following the presentation, participants will be able to ask questions.

To register for the event, please go to the following:

As many people are aware, assistance for all other matters related to the Indian Day Schools Settlement can be accessed by contacting Louise Mayo, who is the Coordinator on behalf of the MCK. She is available at 514-793-0662 or by email at [email protected] Please note that the MCK is not involved in the administration of the Settlement in any way but is offering assistance to community members who are making applications.


Media Inquiries:

Joe Delaronde
Political Press Attaché
450- 632-7500 ext 63251
[email protected]


Neskantaga First Nation Still Doesn’t Have Clean Water – The McGill Daily

January 25, 2021

Clean Water is an Essential Part of COVID Relief

This past November marked 25 years since Neskantaga First Nation, located in Northwestern Ontario, was placed on a boil water advisory. In October 2020, over 250 Neskantaga residents were evacuated and transferred to a hotel in Thunder Bay after “an oily sheen was found in the Neskantaga water reservoir;” “high levels of hydrocarbons” were discovered in the water after testing. Residents were able to return after two months, but the boil water advisory remains. Chief Chris Moonias has called upon Ontario Premier Doug Ford to support Neskantaga First Nation in securing clean drinking water and properly trained water operators – Ford has yet to respond. Ending all boil-water advisories in Canada can no longer be delayed; Ford must act in accordance with the concerns of the Neskantaga First Nation immediately.

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We created a support network to fight mental illness in the Indigenous community – CBC

Group is named Biidaaban, to show that light always comes after darkness

Jan 25, 2021

On the evening of Jan. 1, 2018, I received a phone call that changed my life forever. My 20-year-old niece, Cyrah, had taken her life. I remember the immense sadness that filled my body and the feeling of being completely heartbroken. Up until then, I had never experienced a loss that shook me like that. I raced to be with my husband, Matt, and we spent that evening sitting in silence, crying, not knowing what to do with ourselves.

Unfortunately for Matt, this is not the first loss that his family has experienced. At the age of four, Matt lost his father to suicide and at age six, his uncle. He has experienced far too many tragic losses and spent much of his life with questions unanswered.

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Annual General Assembly of the members of Quebec Native Women Inc. 2020

22 January 2021


Members of the Association are invited to the 47th Annual Gathering, which will be held virtually by Zoom on February 20, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Quebec Native Women covers the fees for six (6) delegates per Nation, which includes the Representative, Youth representative, the Elder representative, and three (3) additional delegates. The delegates are chosen in the Nation Councils. Observers are welcome.



Government of Canada invests in key sectors to help boost economic recovery and create jobs

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

January 22, 2021

As the Government of Canada continues to address the health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19, it is also working toward a strong economic recovery that will create new jobs and opportunities for workers and businesses alike. The Government is working to address current and future skills shortages by making targeted investments in sectors that will be key to Canada’s plan to build back better.

Today, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced that the Government is investing $72 million over three years as part of  the Sectoral Initiatives Program’s existing funding.

Distributed through a call for proposals, which will remain open for six weeks, this investment will fund sector-specific projects to help Canadian workers gain skills and access resources. It will also help businesses and networks scale up strategies to drive job growth and create standards for education and certification purposes.

With the support of industry and labour partners, the Government will build on its work to help key sectors address their current and future workforce needs through at least one of three approaches.

The first approach focuses on ensuring Canadians have access to job tools and resources so that they can make informed decisions about their career path. Projects that receive funding under this approach will have the goal of helping employers, Canadians looking for work, students and educators make informed decisions about hiring, skills training and career choices.

The second approach is the development of projects that offer training to workers looking to upgrade their skills or start a new career.

The third approach focuses on helping small and medium-sized businesses meet their hiring needs through the development of new strategies, or the scaling-up of proven workforce development strategies.

This announcement builds on the Government’s commitment to creating one million jobs and making the largest investment in training for workers in Canadian history. An inclusive approach to Canada’s recovery from the pandemic that takes into account the various challenges workers have faced during this crisis, will enable Canadians to find and keep good jobs and support our economy for years to come.


“Canadian workers and employers are facing new and evolving challenges, brought on and exacerbated by the pandemic. With some sectors experiencing the impacts more than others, we are taking additional steps to help Canadians get back on their feet. We have an opportunity not just to support Canadians and businesses, but also to grow their potential. With a comprehensive and bold approach to job creation, we will build back better.”
– Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough

Quick facts

  • The call for proposals will remain open for six weeks, with a closing date of March 4, 2021.
  •  Eligible recipients include:
    •  not-for-profit organizations
    • for-profit organizations
    • Indigenous organizations
    • provincial, territorial and municipal governments, institutions, agencies or Crown corporations
  • Eligible organizations may submit more than one application to the call for proposals.
  • Additional consideration will be given to projects that help reduce barriers to entry into the labour market for persons with disabilities, women, youth, Indigenous people, newcomers or visible minorities.

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Marielle Hossack
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability
Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough
[email protected]

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
[email protected]


Commerce Resources Corp. Announces Program to Produce Mixed Rare Earth Carbonate Concentrate Per Third-Party Requests

January 22nd, 2021 – Commerce Resources Corp. (TSXv: CCE, FSE: D7H0) (the “Company” or “Commerce”) is pleased to announce that it has initiated a metallurgical program to produce a >1 kilogram quantity of mixed rare earth carbonate (“mixed REC”) concentrate to satisfy several requests by global processors. The mixed REC concentrate will be produced from the Ashram Rare Earth and Fluorspar Deposit using the high-grade mineral concentrates that have been generated from the conventional recovery flowsheet developed at Hazen Research in CO, USA.

The Ashram Deposit’s flowsheet has undergone significant development, including front-end piloting of the grinding, flotation, and leach circuits which have resulted in consistent production of high-grade mineral concentrates at high recovery. The Ashram Deposit is one of only a select group of deposits in development globally that can produce mineral concentrates at grades and recoveries similar to major global producers, all of which produce mineral concentrates of at least 40% rare earth oxide (“REO”). Such high grades of mineral concentrate considerably reduce the downstream processing cost and risk to produce a mixed REC product through lower reagent use, fewer deleterious elements entering solution, and a smaller hydromet plant requirement by comparison.

In the rare earth industry, a mixed REC concentrate is typically viewed as the initial marketable product in the rare earth element (“REE”) value chain. This is because a mixed REC is readily saleable as it is the most common feedstock to REE solvent extraction facilities globally, which separate each individual REE and allow for them to be individually refined into marketable products and disseminated throughout their downstream value-chains.

In addition to Ashram’s simple mineralogy and processing, large tonnage, and near-surface resource at attractive grades, a primary interest of downstream processors is the relatively high proportions of neodymium and praseodymium (“NdPr”) present with respect to the total rare earth content (i.e. the REE distribution). With a combined NdPr distribution of approximately 20-24%, due to the deposit’s monazite, bastnaesite, and xenotime mineralogy, Ashram has the potential to produce a relatively higher-value feedstock for those facilities focused on the extraction of NdPr for the rare earth permanent magnet industry. A higher NdPr distribution also equates to a reduced percentage content of cerium and lanthanum – significantly lower value REEs – which must also be processed to obtain the targeted NdPr. The Ashram Deposit’s NdPr distribution is significantly higher than several major global producers, highlighting the attractiveness of its higher value NdPr feedstock entering the supply chain.

NI 43-101 Disclosure

Darren L. Smith, M.Sc., P.Geo., Dahrouge Geological Consulting Ltd., a Permit holder with the Ordre des Géologues du Québec and Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, supervised the preparation of the technical information in this news release.

About Commerce Resources Corp.

Commerce Resources Corp. is a junior mineral resource company focused on the development the Ashram Rare Earth and Fluorspar Deposit located in Quebec, Canada. The Company is positioning to be one of the lowest cost rare earth producers globally, with a specific focus on being a long-term supplier of mixed REC and/or NdPr oxide to the global market. The Ashram Deposit is characterized by simple rare earth (monazite, bastnaesite, xenotime) and gangue mineralogy (carbonates), a large tonnage resource at favourable grade, and has demonstrated the production of high-grade (>45% REO) mineral concentrates at high recovery (>70%) in line with active global producers. In addition to being one of the largest rare earth deposits globally, Ashram is also one of the largest fluorspar deposits globally and has the potential to be a long-term supplier to the met-spar and acid-spar markets.

For more information, please visit the corporate website at or email [email protected]

On Behalf of the Board of Directors


“Chris Grove”
Chris Grove
President and Director
Tel: 604.484.2700
Email: [email protected]


Creation of 1,228 Affordable Housing Units for More Vulnerable Clienteles

January 22, 2021

Together, the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec are pleased to announce an agreement under the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) between the Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ) and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

As part of this agreement, nearly $116 million in federal funding will support the rapid completion of 54 projects in Quebec, representing 1,201 units (see Annex).

Also, the federal government’s $7.1 million investment, through the RHI’s Major Cities Stream, will help complete two projects pursued by the City of Québec, representing 27 housing units.

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation; the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Lieutenant and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for Honoré-Mercier; the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for Québec; Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; along with Geneviève Guilbault, Deputy Premier, Minister of Public Security, Minister Responsible for the Capitale-Nationale Region and Member of the National Assembly for Louis-Hébert, made the announcement today in the presence of the Mayor of the City of Québec, Régis Labeaume.

Let’s remember that yesterday, the Government of Canada, in collaboration with the Government of Quebec, also announced a federal investment of $56.8 million for the City of Montréal to complete 12 housing projects, representing 263 housing units.

For its part, the Government of Quebec has committed to funding the rent supplement, for certain projects, which will allow eligible renters to spend only 25% of their income on housing. The total cost of this investment is estimated at $131.5 million over a 20-year period.

The COVID-19 crisis has shown us that the availability of affordable housing is essential to the health and well-being of vulnerable households. Indeed, many cities are facing the devastating impacts of increasing homelessness and housing needs. It is in this perspective that the housing projects funded will target the most vulnerable clienteles.


“Every Quebecer deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. This investment by our government and our collaboration with our partners, such as the City of Québec and the Government of Quebec, will go a long way toward helping vulnerable individuals and families who need it most by quickly providing 1,228 new units of affordable housing.”

— The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
“The pandemic has been particularly hard on the most vulnerable and on people experiencing homelessness. Thanks to the co-operation between the governments of Canada and Quebec, the City of Québec will receive $7.1 million and the province $115.9 million to rapidly create affordable housing. This federal investment is of great help to Quebecers who need it most.”

— The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Lieutenant and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for Honoré-Mercier

“As is always the case in times of crisis, the socioeconomic impacts of the current pandemic are particularly significant for members of our society who were already more vulnerable. Together, we have the duty to help them, and that’s why we are announcing today a federal investment of $7.1 million benefitting the City of Québec’s Lower Town. This amount will be used in two projects to quickly fill housing needs for people with mental health issues and young adults who are homeless.”

— The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for Québec

“Today’s announcement is welcome news not only for the cities of Québec and Montréal, but also for our regions. I am proud of this agreement that is beneficial to the whole province. In all, 1,491 units will be inhabitable by the spring of 2022. The Government of Quebec has committed, for certain projects, to providing support to eligible renters for the next 20 years, thanks to the rent supplement program. This represents over $131.5 million. Housing is a priority for us, the delays of the past are still echoing, but our efforts since 2018 and collaboration efforts such as these allow us to rapidly build affordable housing for all Quebecers. In fact, since October 1, 2018, more than 5,000 affordable housing units are being or about to be occupied thanks to our government.”

— Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

“I am pleased that the agreement signed between our two levels of government will allow to rapidly complete 62 new housing units in our national capital. Thanks to this investment, we will better serve our seniors, citizens with mental health or addiction issues and young adults with special housing needs. I applaud everyone’s efforts to achieve this!”

— Geneviève Guilbault, Deputy Premier, Minister of Public Security, Minister Responsible for the Capitale-Nationale Region and Member of the National Assembly for Louis-Hébert

“This past October, the City of Québec adopted the new Vision de l’habitation 2020 – 2030, which aims, in part, to create social and affordable housing. The $7,146,385 in funding provided by CMHC is an important driver in reaching this objective, as it will help create, in the next 12 months, 27 new units for vulnerable clienteles. I want to thank our federal, provincial and local partners who made possible the rapid completion of these units that will provide housing stability to low-income households.”

— Régis Labeaume, Mayor of the City of Québec


  • $179.8 million will be invested through the RHI to complete 68 projects across the province. This represents 1,491 new housing units that will be available as of April 1, 2022.
  • Projects receiving investments under the RHI will target clients with special housing needs. These include:
    • Women and children who are victims of domestic or family violence
    • Seniors
    • Indigenous populations
    • People with mental health or addiction issues
    • People who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
    • People with disabilities, etc.
  • $1 billion will be invested through the RHI to create 3,000 new permanent affordable housing units across Canada to address urgent housing needs.
  • The projects will be predominantly funded through the AccèsLogis Québec and AccèsLogis Montréal programs funded by the Government of Quebec.

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Follow the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing: Facebook, Twitter.


Daniele Medlej
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
[email protected]

Marie-France Proulx, Press Secretary
Office of the President of the Treasury Board
[email protected]

Bénédicte Trottier Lavoie
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Minister Responsible for the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region
[email protected]


Media Relations Team
Communications Office of the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing
418-691-2015, ext. 83746

Audrey-Anne Coulombe
Media Relations
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
[email protected]


Electric Royalties Provides Asset UpdateElectric Royalties Provides Asset Update

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – January 22, 2021 – Electric Royalties Ltd. (TSXV: ELEC) (“Electric Royalties” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide an asset update on its current royalty portfolio including the Financial Investment Review Board Approval for the acquisition of three previously announced cobalt royalties in Australia.

Authier Lithium Royalty, 0.5% Gross Revenue Royalty (“GRR”), operated by ASX listed Sayona Mining Ltd (“Sayona”)

AUTHIER ADVANCES AS CENTRE OF LITHIUM HUB (see Sayona news release August 21, 2020)

  • New field work underway at Sayona’s Authier Lithium Project, as Sayona progresses various environmental and geotechnical studies.
  • Flagship project to form key part of the Abitibi lithium hub, as Sayona advances its Québec expansion to service growing North American, European and global battery market.
  • Lodgement of the Authier project’s environmental impact statement (EIS) in January 2020 and subsequent feedback from Québec’s Ministry of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change (MELCC) (see Sayona news release April 9, 2020)
  • Sayona has awarded all critical follow‐up work contracts to address feedback on the EIS, including: o geotechnical surveys by leading Canadian consulting engineering firm BBA.

o collection of additional soil samples by consulting engineers Norinfra. o wetlands inventories by environmental consultants Del Degan & Massé.

o inventories of various plants of interest to the Council of the First Nation Abitibiwinni (Pikogan).

o  non‐timber forest products together with fish, sediments and water quality in Lake

Kapitagama by Aki Resources, a First Nations contractor in partnership with Desfor.

REVISED AUTHIER DFS (see Sayona news release November 11, 2019).

  • A revised definitive feasibility study for the Authier project was completed in November 2019.

NAL BIDDING PROCESS RELAUNCHED, CLOSING JANUARY 2021 (see Sayona news release November 4, 2020)

  • Québec’s Superior Court approves monitor’s request to extend the North American Lithium (NAL) bidding process to closing date of January 22, 2021; bidding process relaunched with all interested parties including Sayona to resubmit bids.
  • Sayona’s bid is backed by a world‐class advisory team, experienced in every aspect of a successful turnaround from operational experience to engineering, environmental and financial know‐how, including former NAL management.
  • Sayona’s bid for NAL has the unique competitive advantage of being able to combine lithium produced from Sayona’s nearby Authier Lithium Project with the lithium at NAL, facilitating a significant improvement in plant performance and economics.

AUTHIER EIS STUDIES ADVANCE AS EV SECTOR ACCELERATES (see Sayona news release December 21, 2020)

  • Authier Lithium Project’s environmental studies progress, with completion of response to Québec Government queries.
  • Pending regulatory approval, which is anticipated in 2021, construction could start as early as 2022 amid the continued acceleration of lithium demand from North America and globally.
  • Sayona anticipates a public hearing under the ‘BAPE’ (bureau d’audiences publiques en environnement) process will be authorised before June 2021 and scheduled for the summer, culminating in final approval by the Council of Ministers.


  • Leading U.S.‐based lithium corporation, Piedmont Lithium (ASX:PLL; Nasdaq:PLL) to invest up toUS$12 million to become strategic investor and major offtake partner in Sayona, acquiring 19.9% of Sayona Mining and 25% of Sayona Québec.
  • Partnership demonstrates quality of Québec assets and Sayona’s vision of creating a lithium hub in Abitibi, supplying North American and international battery markets.
  • Piedmont has also agreed to a binding offtake arrangement under which it will acquire up to 60,000 tons per annum of spodumene concentrate or 50% of Sayona Québec’s production, whichever is greater.
  • The supply agreement is for Sayona Québec’s life‐of‐mine operations and is based on market pricing with a minimum price of US$500/t and maximum price of US$900/t on a delivered basis to Piedmont’s planned lithium hydroxide plant in North Carolina.

Mont Sorcier Vanadium Royalty, 1% GRR, operated by TSX-V listed Vanadium One Iron Corp. (“Vanadium One”)


Annual production targeted at approx. 5.0 million tonnes of high grade, low impurity, iron concentrate grading ~65% iron with 0.6% V2O5 per tonne of concentrate

  • Initial Capex C$457.5 million
  • Payback period of 3.0 years
  • Current Mineral Resource Estimate supports a potential mine life of 37 years
  • Total Site Operating costs of C$52.38/t of concentrate over potential LOM
  • Upside potential from resource expansion and the potential to expand production

*Based on long term price of US$92/t Iron Concentrate and US$7.25/lb V205 (NI 43-101 Technical Report available on Sedar)


  • Program designed to significantly increase tonnage.
  • Diamond drilling component of the program has been completed ahead of schedule with 10 holes drilled for a total of 3,414 metres.
  • Drilling targeted the eastern extension of the North Zone and covered more than 1.5 kilometers along strike as planned.

Battery Hill Manganese Royalty, 2% GRR, operated by TSX-V listed Manganese X (“Manganese X”)


  • Completed an updated National Instrument (“NI”) 43-101 Technical Report for its 100% owned Woodstock Battery Hill Manganese Property located in New Brunswick.
  • The updated Technical Report, dated June 30, 2020, includes exploration work carried out since 2016.
  • A copy of the Report is available on the Manganese X’s website and on SEDAR.
  • Diamond drilling has been completed over a 1.8 kilometer strike length of the prospective manganese occurrence trend. Most holes intercepted significant grades and widths of manganese mineralization such as 10.75% Mn over 52.6 meters (core length) in SF-16-05, 12.96% Mn over 32.85 meters (core length) in SF-16-08 and 9.39% Mn over 74.0 meters in SF-17-18.


  • Manganese X completed phase 1 flowsheet optimisation yielding manganese sulphate with a purity exceeding 99.95% with low levels of base and alkali metals using material from its Battery Hill property. This has been a transformational achievement, demonstrating its resource material which can be compliant with electric vehicles and other requirements.
  • Various Phase 2 bench scale metallurgical bulk tests have been conducted, and results to optimize leaching, neutralization and solid-liquid separation were reported as very positive. Manganese X continues to advance the development of a workable extraction process and flowsheet to further reduce purification steps, which, if successful, could lead to major cost benefits.


  • 28 holes totaling 4,509 meters
  • Depth per hole ranged between 77 to 233 meters


  • In Phase One, using a series of bench-scale leach, purification, and crystallization processes, Kemetco successfully produced a high purity manganese sulphate product with a purity of up to 99.95%. This has been considered a transformational achievement, demonstrating the Battery Hill mineralization can be compliant and suitable for battery manufacturing use in electric vehicles, energy storage systems and other high-tech applications.
  • Phase Two of Kemetco’s overall testing consisted of the development of a more efficient, workable extraction process and flow sheet for the generation of high-grade manganese sulphate. The most recent bench-scale tests consisted of defining suitable unit operations for leach extraction, solid-liquid separation, primary purification, and crystallisation upgrading.
  • Kemetco notes the most recent results are highly significant and very encouraging as they provide a potential route to eliminate a major step in the purification process that would result in major cost benefits as well as an increase in purification efficiency. Significant results include:

o  The significant achievement of an overall recovery rate of 85%.

o  Eliminating purification processes that will significantly reduce overall costs.

o Improved purification results with extremely low levels of base and alkali metal contaminants.

o  Enhanced opportunities for commercialization.

Bissett Creek Graphite Royalty, 1% GRR, operated by TSX-V listed Northern Graphite Corp. (“Northern Graphite”)

METALLURGICAL TESTING CONFIRMS PROCESS PLANT COST SAVINGS (see Northern Graphite news release, July 23, 2020)

  • Comprehensive metallurgical testing carried out at SGS Lakefield has validated changes designed to simplify the flow sheet for the Bissett Creek Project and to reduce capital and operating costs.
  • Testing indicated that the new flowsheet will increase average concentrate purities from 94.5% to 97.2 % with a small decline in recoveries (from 94.7 to 92.4 %) and large flake yields.
  • Due to the premium paid for higher purity concentrates, the net effect will be an increase of approximately US$100/tonne in estimated concentrate sales prices.
  • The revised flowsheet uses semi-autogenous grinding alone followed by rougher flotation and two stages of polishing and cleaner flotation. A large regrind mill, small polishing mill, cleaner flotation circuit and sulphide tailings regrind circuit have all been removed.
  • As a result, Bissett Creek is expected/forecast to have one of the simplest flow sheets and lowest costs per tonne of ore mined and processed in the industry.
  • The deposit also has a low degree of weathering and little variability, both of which have created metallurgical challenges for other projects.
  • Low costs combined with one of the best flake size distributions will result in Bissett Creek being one of the highest margin graphite deposits in the world with a very high percentage of L/XL/XXL flake.
  • The project has a full Feasibility Study and a Preliminary Economic Assessment which contemplates doubling production after three years of operation.
  • Permitting is well advanced and Northern Graphite is positioned to make a construction decision subject to financing.

Millennium Project Cobalt Royalty, 0.5% GRR, operated by TSX-V listed Global Energy Metals Corp. (“Global Energy Metals”)


  • The Australian Financial Investment Review Board approval granted for the sale of the cobalt royalties to Electric Royalties Ltd.


  • High grade separate copper and cobalt concentrate can be readily floated from samples from the Millennium deposit.
  • Excellent float recoveries of 93% cobalt (Co), 93% copper (Cu), and 80% gold (Au) into concentrates.
  • Cobalt Blue Process successfully treated the cobalt concentrate for extraction of 90% Co, 95% Cu with 90% of the Au extracted in two steps:

o 10% in Cobalt Blue Process followed by 80% in cyanide leach of the Cobalt Blue Process residue.

  • Cobalt Blue recommends that a Preliminary Economic Assessment be completed, to evaluate the total project costs and determine if the project should be advanced to a Pre-Feasibility Study (“PFS”).

Brendan Yurik, CEO of Electric Royalties states, “I’m excited to give our first corporate asset update as a newly public royalty company. The operators of our royalty assets have made significant progress over the past year and are moving their projects steadily onwards to production. The advancement of the projects increases the value of our royalties without requiring us to outlay additional capital and is one of the most overlooked benefits of the royalty business model. I look forward to adding more royalties to our portfolio over the next few months and what 2021 will bring for our current portfolio”.

Investors are also advised that the updated January 2021 Corporate Presentation is now available on the Company website at

David Gaunt, P.Geo., a qualified person who is not independent of Electric Royalties, has reviewed and approved the technical information in this release.

For further details on Electric Royalties, please visit, contact us at (604) 639-9200 or send us an email at [email protected]

On Behalf of the Board of Directors

Brendan Yurik

Chief Executive Officer

About Electric Royalties Ltd

Electric Royalties is a royalty company established to take advantage of the demand for a wide range of commodities (lithium, vanadium, manganese, tin, graphite, cobalt, nickel & copper) that will benefit from the drive toward electrification of a variety of consumer products: cars, rechargeable batteries, large scale energy storage, renewable energy generation and other applications.

Electric vehicle sales, battery production capacity and renewable energy generation are slated to increase significantly over the next several years and with it, the demand for these targeted commodities. This creates a unique opportunity to invest in and acquire royalties over the mines and projects that will supply the materials needed to feed the electric revolution.

Electric Royalties has a portfolio of 11 royalties and plans to focus predominantly on acquiring royalties on advanced stage and operating projects to build a diversified portfolio located in jurisdictions with low geopolitical risk.

For further information, please contact:

Investor Contact:

Mars Investor Relations
TF +1 (866) 697-0028

Electric Royalties:

Electric Royalties Ltd.
Brendan Yurik
Tel: (604) 364‐3540

[email protected]


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