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Responsible work practices and strict production guidelines protect both employees and the local community. The processing plant will be the most technologically advanced of its kind, it will be totally enclosed and will use the most advanced safety equipment. There will be no use of chemicals to clean the sand and all of the cleaned silica sand will be enclosed and dust controlled. Dust will be collected through a baghouse vacuum system and returned to the earth in the reclamation process.

CPS will announce the hiring timeline when project funding is in place.

CPS understands that there is a lack of available, affordable housing and is working with local communities to provide solutions.

CPS is working to provide training and support locally. Training opportunities will begin early in 2019.

150 direct jobs and more including those non-CPS jobs required in other local businesses supporting the CPS operation.

We’re all in this together. We seek and respect the input of community members and are proud to work with these three committees to help ensure the success of this project for everyone involved.

Elders Committee: 
All Wanipigow Elders are invited to provide strategic guidance. During our first year, we will be meeting monthly and when in production we will meet no less than twice per year. By November 20, 2018, CPS had four formal meetings with the Elders.

Operational Oversight Committee: 
This committee will be made up of members from the Wanipigow communities to provide tactical guidance and review third-party compliance data, quarry plans, and restoration activities, and conduct annual investigations of areas to be disturbed in the coming year. This committee will meet formally for the first time in early 2019.

Business Strategy Committee and Advisory Board: 
Business leaders and professionals will serve to provide guidance regarding developing business plans, forming business and partnering relationships, and potential joint venture opportunities with CPS. This committee will meet formally for the first time in early 2019.

  • Uniform and Laundry Services
  • Shop Supplies
  • Janitorial Services
  • Fuel, Oil, and Grease Supply
  • Grounds Keeping and Snow Removal
  • Small Tools and Equipment Supply
  • Trash Removal
  • Office Supplies
  • Potable Water Supply
  • Plant Road Maintenance
  • Catering
  • Health, Wellness, and Emergency Care Services
  • Safety Supplies
  • Commercial Growing Services
  • Shipping and Expediting


We will operate year-round with a world-class, totally enclosed processing plant. Sand will be quarried, brought to the plant for washing, drying, and screening into various sizes and then transported to market. No water will be discharged into settling ponds. Dust collection will occur in the buildings housing the equipment used to process the sand.

It is anticipated that quarrying activities will occupy approximately 5 hectares per year. A rolling restoration program will reclaim the property mined the year before. Restoration efforts will be overseen by an Operational Oversight Committee made up of community members. The operation will continue to provide jobs for more than 50 years.

We will quarry Industrial Silica Sand, which is a high-purity quartz sand with extremely durable and very round, uniform grains.

Industrial Silica Sand is high purity silica sand produced with closely controlled size specifications. It is a higher quality product than the sand used in concrete and construction materials. Silica (SiO2) is a group of minerals composed of silicon and oxygen. Silica is very hard, chemically inert, and has a high melting point, due to the strength of the bonds between the atoms. These are prized qualities in applications like foundries and filtration systems. Silica sand’s strength and non-reactive properties make it an indispensable ingredient in the production of thousands of everyday products.

  • Glassmaking
  • Metal Casting & Production
  • Chemical Production
  • Construction
  • Paint & Coatings
  • Ceramics & Refractories
  • Filtration & Water Purification
  • Recreational Products
  • Oil & Gas Recovery
No. There are no oil and gas operations in this region. This will strictly be a silica sand quarrying operation, not a fracking operation. We are quarrying silica sand which is near the surface, above the bedrock.

    This sand can be used in many different markets, one of which is fracking operations. The sand quarry on nearby Black Island sold a portion of its sand for fracking while most of it went to make glass during its 75 years of operation.

    CPS will construct a 6-km paved access road and will pave the Hollow Water Road to HWY 304 where the pavement begins. Discussions are underway to fund highway improvements on HWY 304 to HWY 59. It is anticipated that when in operation 3 to 5 trucks per hour will transport sand to Winnipeg where a transload facility will load the sand into rail cars.

    No. This silica sand deposit sits on top of granite bedrock, more than 10 meters above the level of the lake at its highest historic level. There will be no impact on local sand beaches, the local water table, or community wells.

    • Sand is processed with water that is completely recycled—no settling ponds will be used
    • We will not use any toxic chemicals, nor acids, in the processing
    • Well water will be used to replenish water which evaporates during the drying process
    • No water will come from Lake Winnipeg
    • No water will be discharged into Lake Winnipeg

    We will quarry approximately 5 hectares per year while preparing the next 5 hectares for quarrying the following year. When production begins the second year, we will restore the land quarried the first year, and so on. We will replace the topsoil and plant two-year-old saplings and native plants to bring the land back to its state before quarrying. CPS is committed to ensuring a minimal footprint during quarrying and will work with Conservation to ensure the habitat is cultivated for wildlife.

    Restoration efforts will be overseen by an Operational Oversight Committee made up of community members. Based on their feedback and input, CPS may partner with community efforts to restore the land for possible agriculture production such as berries, wild rice, traditional medicines and vegetable production that can create additional income streams and more jobs for local businesses.