AuRico Metals has received the required Environmental Assessment approval for the Company's wholly-owned Kemess Underground Project ("the Project").  On March 15, 2017, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency ("CEAA") issued a positive Decision Statement and the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office ("EAO") granted an Environmental Assessment Certificate for the Project.  These decisions conclude the Project's environmental assessment review process and there are no further major provincial or federal environmental assessments or approvals required aside from regular course permitting.

The EAO managed the Environmental Assessment for the Kemess Underground Project in a Substituted Process on behalf of British Columbia and CEAA, the latter of which is on behalf of the Federal Government of Canada.  The Project will require a number of additional normal course licenses and permits which are expected to be received early in mid-2018.

TIMELINE
February 2014 Project Description submitted to the BC Environmental office (BCEAO) and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA)
April 2014 Determination from BCEAO and CEAA that an Environmental Assessment is required
May 2014 – January 2016 Preparation and finalization of Applicant Information Requirements (Terms of Reference) for what information will be required for the Environmental Application
March - April 2016 Screening of the Draft Environmental Application to ensure compliancy with the Application Information Requirements
May 2016 Submission of Environmental Application
 Q2 - Q4 2016180 day Review of EA by First Nations, Regulators and the Public.  Final Assessment report by BCEAO and CEAA 
January 2017 The draft Assessment Report and conditions were made available on the website of the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) and the final 30-day public comment period commenced. The draft Assessment Report concluded that the Kemess Underground Project would not result in significant adverse effects.
March 2017 AuRico Receives Environmental Assessment Approval. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency issued a positive Decision Statement and the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office granted an Environmental Assessment Certificate for the Company's wholly-owned Kemess Underground Project.
August 2017 Submitted permit applications for Kemess Underground project to Major Mines Permitting Office
Q2 2018 Additional normal course licenses and permits expected to be received.