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Social Monitoring and
Community Support

IAMGOLD recognizes the need for investment in sustainable programs that manage the impact of our activities and provide community benefit.

Managing and Monitoring Social Impacts

IAMGOLD understands that mining activities can influence social and economic conditions in host communities. We worked with Mattagami First Nation, Flying Post First Nation, and Gogama to establish which social and economic conditions should be managed and monitored during mine construction, operations, and closure. Through this collaborative monitoring, we can identify opportunities to manage changes and strengthen positive effects.

Together, we adapt these Socio-economic Monitoring and Management Plans as needed and monitor a variety of indicators related to:

  • Employment, training, and business opportunities
  • Population and infrastructure
  • Community health
  • Traffic and transportation
  • Land and resource use
  • Indigenous land use and culture
Infographic representing socio-economic monitoring in three phases: 1; commitment to monitor socio-economic effects, 2; co-developed a plan to manage and monitor socio-economic effects, 3; monitor, manage and adapt throughout all project phases.
Image description: Côté Gold employee with core samples

Building a Local Workforce

To leave a positive legacy, IAMGOLD supports developing the local workforce. As we advance towards operations, we will identify opportunities for communities and educational institutions to engage in employment and training.

We have already established a learning partnership with Laurentian University and the Bharti School of Engineering. In 2013, IAMGOLD invested $1.25 million and, in 2018, announced a further $2 million investment in Laurentian University over a period of 5 years. The investments led to the creation of IAMGOLD fellowships focused on open-pit and mechanical engineering at the Bharti School of Engineering.

IAMGOLD has representatives on program advisory committees at Cambrian College in mining engineering technology, chemical engineering technology, data analytics, and human resources management.

Supporting Education

IAMGOLD awarded two Young Mining Professionals Scholarships in 2021 – the Women in Mining Scholarship and Côté Gold Indigenous Scholarship.


At Côté Gold we strive to be a trusted partner to our host communities and seek to maximize the benefits of mining, contributing to their economic and social prosperity. We seek to partner with communities, governments, and civil society to help support effective and sustainable community development through our Community Benefits Program.

Check out the Community Benefits Program Applicant Guide below to learn about our funding priorities and application review timelines among other pertinent information on the program.