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Sustainability and Environment


At Rainy River, we strive to achieve a zero-accident workplace through a strict health and safety program that applies to all operational staff, both contractors and employees. Our Health and Safety Department provides safety training and support to all departments, with a special focus on near-miss and hazard reporting.


The Rainy River mine is an important direct and indirect contributor to the local and district economy. We proactively pursue mutually beneficial relationships with the community, local governments and Indigenous groups.

The Rainy River Mine is located near 16 First Nations and the local Métis Nation of Ontario community councils. By early 2018, New Gold had signed a total of eight agreements with First Nations and the Métis Nation of Ontario. These will provide a framework for ongoing dialogue on all matters related to the mine and establish mechanisms for communities to benefit from related employment, training and procurement opportunities. We also contribute to our local communities and regularly provide funding for various sporting, health and community groups as well as scholarships and donations.


Terrain in the vicinity of the Rainy River Mine is dominated by a distinct northwest to southeast divide known as the Rainy Lake-Lake of the Woods Moraine. Topography is relatively gentle, with relief ranging from zero southwest of the divide to up to 90 metres northeast of the divide. In areas of low relief, bedrock typically is overlain by glacial till, thick silts and clays and, in poorly drained areas, by thick peat. The Rainy River Mine occupies approximately 6,050 hectares, comprising 87 patented mining rights and surface rights claims (including eight leasehold interest mining rights and/or surface rights claims). In addition, the Company has a land package of approximately 17,240 hectares surrounding the mine site, including patented mining rights and/or surface rights and unpatented claims. All unpatented claims are in good standing and assessment work credits are sufficient to maintain that standing for several years.

Water management and conservation are essential, and we strive to minimize water use through recycling and reuse, and by preventing water discharge from the site. We use reclaimed water from the pit and ensure that no surface water is discharged from the site.

Air quality is constantly monitored, and dust suppressant is used in areas of high traffic. A dust mitigation plan has been adopted to ensure that the site does not impact negatively on the local air shed.

We recycle waste whenever possible, including office paper, cardboard, aluminum, plastics and batteries, fluorescent lights and used tires, to minimize consumption and reduce landfill and greenhouse gas generation. All wastes are treated according to laws and regulations.

Extensive plans are in place to ensure the reclamation and re-vegetation of the mine site.