Northern Ont. gold mine set to open next year, hiring to start

Things continue to progress at the Cote gold mine, located on Highway 144 between Timmins and Sudbury, and officials said the project is still expected to open in 2023.

“The plant building is largely built, the shells are still being completed,” said Mike Garbutt, operations manager for the Cote Gold project.

“Much of the foundation is complete. The pit has come a long way. We had our first ore blast in October. We started our tailings dam installation, the starter dam, over the winter. So , a lot of good work has gone into the project, and we’re still looking to be on track for commercial production.”

The company is currently in the hiring phase with more than 400 vacancies.

“This project is going to be in operation for 18 years, so you imagine a lot of suppliers, and we are going to need a lot of mechanical components. So for sure, for all North Bay suppliers and even for people who want to work outside, it will be possible,” said the general manager of the Côté mine, Sylvain Collard.

It will also work differently than most mines.

“The autonomy system linked to the 793 trucks, next year you are going to be able to see very huge trucks with 220 tons without a driver,” Collard said.

“Also, we have equipment in the processing plant that will be the biggest (high pressure crushing rolls) in Canada. So a lot of good equipment to surprise the mining industry.”

The project is estimated to produce 489,000 oz. gold in the first five years, IAMGOLD said, and create an estimated $10 billion in economic activity while the mine is operating.