Economic impact study of the Quebec copper processing sector

Aviseo studied the economic impact of Horne Smelter and CCR Refinery, the only facilities of their kind in Canada. Horne Smelter and the CCR Refinery are economically linked, as all of the smelter’s production becomes refinery production inputs. This integration allows the facilities to compete with major global players. The smelter contributes significantly to the economic stability of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region, accounting for 4.3% of the GDP and 1.8% of jobs. With its wide network of suppliers, it also has significant provincial and Canadian-wide impacts. The company is an active participant in the circular economy, particularly through its recycling initiatives for old electronic devices.

Key figures

  • The smelter produces approximately 200,000 tonnes of copper anodes annually, which are valued at $2.4 billion.
  • The smelter and refinery support 3,844 jobs, including 1,078 direct jobs.
  • For each smelter job, approximately 3.4 supplier jobs are supported.
  • The average productivity of a job is $478,000, which is five times the Quebec average.
  • The Abitibi-Témiscamingue region is home to 53% of economic activities.
  • The average income of a smelter employee is $106,000, which is 68% higher than the average income of workers in Rouyn-Noranda.
  • Horne Smelter represents 4.3% of the GDP and 1.8% of jobs in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region.
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