Throughout the past year and a half, Agnico Eagle has adapted the way it operates to ensure it provides a safe workplace for its employees and to protect the communities where the Company operates. With the arrival of new variants that are considered highly contagious, such as the Delta variant, and with the rise of COVID-19 cases in Canada, Agnico Eagle Nunavut is providing advanced notice that it will be implementing mandatory vaccination at its Nunavut sites and related offices, as of October 15th, 2021.

These include the Hope Bay and Meliadine mines, the Meadowbank Complex, the CTMN (Val-d’Or), Mirabel and Cambridge Bay Offices, and on Nolinor, CalmAir, and SummitAir flights.  All employees, contractors, visitors and guests at the Company’s Nunavut sites and offices will be required to have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada by October 15th, 2021, and their second dose of the vaccine by November 15th, 2021.

This vaccination mandate will be an additional precautionary measure to protect the health of employees, protect communities with a limited intensive care capacity and a population that is more at risk of developing complication in case of infection, and protect the Company’s operations in the context of being a remote site while avoiding site quarantines or shutdown of operations.

According to newly released data from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the majority of COVID-19 infections and deaths in Canada are now occurring among unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals. In fact, the rate of new COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated individuals is 11 times higher than among fully vaccinated individuals (source: Public Health Agency of Canada).

“It is our duty to protect the health and safety of our employees and contractors and help protect the communities where we operate. Implementing this new measure adds an additional layer of protection to help us ensure a safe workplace and reduce the risk of spreading the virus,” said Martin Plante, Vice-President, Nunavut.

All other preventive measures already in place will continue to be enforced. Mandatory testing will also be maintained for everyone going to our Nunavut sites as an additional layer of prevention. Agnico Eagle will continue to work closely with the Nunavut Chief Public Health Officer and relevant authorities and adjust to the situation as it evolves.

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