The approval was given after evaluating comprehensive study report and comments from the public, the Nisga’a Nation and other Aboriginal groups.

Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council Leona Aglukkaq said that the KSM project is not likely to cause adverse environmental effects when the mitigation measures described in the comprehensive study report are taken into account.

Seabridge is planning to develop a combined open-pit and underground gold-copper silver and molydenum mine in the Kerr, Sulphurets and Mitchell Creek watersheds, reported

The company said it has so far spent over $176m in exploration, engineering and environmental work to advance the mine.

Over an anticipated mine life of 52 years, the project is expected to process 130,000 tons of ore per day.

It is expected to support the region with 1,800 direct and 4,770 indirect jobs during construction and 1,040 jobs on commencing production.