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Victor Mine is a remote fly-in/fly-out mine located in the James Bay Lowlands of Northern Ontario, approximately 90km west of the coastal community of Attawapiskat First Nation. Victor Mine is an open pit mine and Ontario’s first diamond mine.


Location: 52° 49’ 15” latitude, 83° 53’ 00” longitude, approximately 90 kilometres west of the First Nation community of Attawapiskat in northeastern Ontario

Mine Area: Victor kimberlite has a surface area of 15 hectares


Victor Mine is located in the James Bay Lowlands of northern Ontario, approximately 90 km west of the coastal community of Attawapiskat First Nation. It is Ontario’s first diamond mine and the second in Canada for De Beers.

The Victor Mine is an open-pit mine and is one of 18 kimberlite pipes discovered on the property, 16 of which are diamondiferous.

Construction of the Victor Mine began in February 2006 after receiving all necessary approvals from provincial and federal governments.

Approximately $1 billion was spent on construction of the mine, with approximately C$167 million spent with Aboriginal businesses or joint venture partners. It is also estimated that De Beers will contribute C$6.7 billion cumulative GDP impact for all of Ontario during the life of the Victor Mine.

The Victor Mine reached commercial production in 2008 (six months ahead of schedule) and the Official Mine Opening took place in July 2008. The mine will complete mining and processing activities in Q1 2019, then move into the formal closure phase.

In October 2009, the Victor Mine was voted “Mine of the Year” by the readers of the international trade publication Mining Magazine.

Over the years, Victor Mine has also received several other awards:

  • 2018 Workplace Excellence Award - Workplace Safety North
  • 2017 Eastern Region John T. Ryan Safety Award (Select Mines)
  • 2017 Surface Obstacle Champion - NWT/NU Mine Rescue Competition
  • 2016 National John T. Ryan Safety Award (Select Mines)
  • 2015 National John T. Ryan Safety Award (Select Mines)
  • 2014 Towards Sustainable Mining 'AA' achievement in Aboriginal and Community Outreach (Mining Association of Canada)
  • 2011 Nova Environmental award (Timmins Chamber of Commerce)
  • 2010 Ontario Chamber of Commerce Large Business of the Year
  • 2010 Nova President's Award (Timmins Chamber of Commerce)
  • 2009 Nova Awards Business of the Year (Timmins Chamber of Commerce)

    De Beers is committed to sustainable development in local communities. The Victor Mine has signed four community agreements for the Victor Mine including:
  • an Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) with the Attawapiskat First Nation (November 2005),
  • a Working Relationship Agreement with the Taykwa Tagamou Nation (May 2005),
  • an Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) with Moose Cree First Nation (September 2007) and
  • an Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) with Kashechewan and Fort Albany First Nation (February 2009)