Notice of Commencement of Terms of Reference Springpole Gold Project – First Mining Gold Corp

First Mining Gold Corp. (“FMG”) is beginning an Environmental Assessment (“EA”) under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act (“EAA”) for its Springpole Gold Project (the “Undertaking”). This undertaking involves the establishment, construction, operation and decommissioning and closure of an open pit gold and silver mine, ore processing facilities and any ancillary facilities required for the project. The Springpole Gold project site is located in northwestern Ontario approximately 110 km northeast of the Municipality of Red Lake. The Town of Ear Falls is south of the property and is within the Red Lake Mining District. The property has a long exploration history and has been explored intermittently for gold since the 1920s.

The Provincial EA Process: This study will be carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act. The first step of the EA process is the preparation of Terms of

Reference (“ToR”). The ToR will set out the proponent’s framework and work plan for addressing the Environmental Assessment  Act requirements when preparing the environmental assessment, including such things as the alternatives that will be considered and the public consultation activities that will be carried out. If approved by the Minister, the ToR will provide the framework and requirements for the preparation of the environmental assessment.

In addition to the Provincial EA process, the Undertaking is also subject to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) and FMG has already commenced this process with the submission of a Project Description to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) and on June 19, 2018 the company obtained the Final Guidelines for the Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. For additional questions or information please contact: Springpole Gold Project, CEAA, 55 York Street, Suite 600, Toronto, Ontario M5J 1R7. Telephone: 416 952 1576, Fax: 416 952 1573

Consultation: Members of the public, Indigenous communities, agencies and other interested persons are encouraged to actively participate in the planning process by attending consultation opportunities or contacting staff directly with comments or questions. Consultationopportunitiesareplannedthroughouttheplanningprocessandwillbeadvertisedinlocalnewspapers, on local radio, on the Project website, and via community newsletters.

For further information on the proposed study, please contact:

Dr. David M. Mchaina

Director, Sustainability & Stakeholder Engagement Telephone: 519.241.9655 dmchaina@firstmininggold.com


Mr. Giovanni (John) Sferrazza

Manager, Permitting and Environmental Assessment Telephone: 705 929 5245 project

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