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Manitoba government approves quarry, plant for silica sand operation

February 15, 2024  By Rock to Road Staff

SELKIRK, Man. – Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew has shared that “we’re here to say yes” to a planned silica sand quarry and solar glass production plant proposed for the Selkirk area.

Calgary’s Canadian Premium Sands (CPS) has received regulatory approval for what will be North America’s only patterned solar glass manufacturing facility and silica sand mine near the Hollow Water First Nation, located 190 kilometres from Winnipeg.

Along with Kinew’s endorsement, Manitoba’s Environment Minister Tracy Schmidt stated that an appeal against the development of the project has been dismissed.

With the path forward now cleared, CPS hopes to break ground on the quarry this summer, with construction on the plant expected to begin in 2025.


An assessment from the Manitoba Bureau of Statistics shows these projects will create 250 direct jobs, 600 to 700 jobs during the construction phase, and 30 jobs in the Hollow Water area related to the quarry. These projects are estimated to generate $200 million in provincial taxes over a 10-year period.

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