To make policy for Canada’s environmentally sensitive north, we need to study the impact of metal mining. A Wilfrid Laurier University research team has been awarded $550,000 from the natural Sciences and engineering research council (NSERC) Strategic partnership grants program to do just that.
Working across Northern Ontario and the Northwest Territories (NWT), the research team will determine the toxicity of metals and the influence of local water chemistry on the responses of the unique biota to metals in these environments.
The reliable determinations of environmental risk discovered through these studies will prevent unnecessary economic costs to Canada’s
natural resources sector and allow regulatory agencies to target resources more effectively.
The project is a collaboration between Wilfrid Laurier University, Université de Montréal, the Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Natural Resources Canada, Centre d’expertise en analyse environnementale du Québec, Environment Canada, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, the International Zinc Association and Avalon Rare Metals inc.