Joyce Lake Direct Shipping Iron Ore Project

Joyce Direct Iron Inc. is proposing the construction, operation and decommissioning of an open-pit iron ore mine located in Newfoundland and Labrador, approximately 20 kilometres northeast of Schefferville, Quebec. As proposed, the mine would produce up to an estimated 2.5 million tons of ore per year over a life span of seven years. The project would consist of an open pit mine, dewatering of Joyce Lake, crushing and screening of ore (dry processing), waste rock disposal, support infrastructure, access and haulage roads, a causeway, and a rail loop to connect with an existing railway.

Please note that the proponent for this project was formerly Labec Century Iron Ore Inc.

Latest update

August 4, 2022 — On July 29, 2022, the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada extended the three-year time limit for Joyce Direct Iron Inc. to provide the information or studies required for the project’s environmental assessment, as described in the Final Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
9 Final Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines PDF (1.3 MB) March 5, 2013
5 Notice of Environmental Assessment Determination - January 4, 2013
3 Summary of the Project Description of a Designated Project PDF (4.4 MB) November 19, 2012


Joyce Lake Direct Shipping Iron Ore Project
Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
200-1801 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3N4
Telephone: 902-426-0564
Fax: 902-426-6550

  • Location

    • Labrador (approximately 20 km northeast of Schefferville, QC) (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Mines and Minerals
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Joyce Direct Iron Inc.
  • Authorities

    • Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Environmental assessment under CEAA 2012
  • Reference Number


This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.

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