Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. (BGM) is proposing to construct and operate the Cariboo Gold Project, an underground gold mine and associated infrastructure, in the historic Cariboo Mining District east and southeast of the City of Quesnel. BGM is a Canadian company owned by Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd. The company is based in Wells, BC and headquartered in Toronto, Ontario.
The Cariboo Gold Project includes:
- an underground mine and associated facilities in and near Wells
- waste rock storage at Bonanza Ledge mine
- a new transmission line from Barlow Substation to the mine site
- use of existing roads to the mine site, Bonanza Ledge mine and QR Mill
- processing facilities and tailing storage at QR Mill
Once operational, the mine will have a life of 12 to 15 years and will employ an estimated 350 employees plus 50 contractors and consultants. The Project construction workforce will peak at approximately 245 workers in Wells.
The locations of the Project components are shown in the figure below and additional detail on the Project is available in the Project Description and Supplemental Information provided after the figure.
BGM will be discussing project components, including alternatives being evaluated, during upcoming engagement.
The Project is subject to review under the BC Environmental Assessment Act, 2018 and the review will be led by the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (EAO). The Project entered the Early Engagement Phase in May 2020 and has an accepted Project Description and Section 13 order.
The Project is not identified as a reviewable project under the Federal Impact Assessment Act.
The EAO is holding a formal public comment period on the Project Description from June 12 to July 27, 2020. The public comment period details, including the timing of virtual open houses, are provided in the advertisement below.