Sault Ste Marie's FPF Project

Noront Resources is planning to build a Ferrochrome Production Facility (FPF) in Northern Ontario. On May 7, 2019, it was announced that the company selected Sault Ste. Marie as the host location. Moving forward, key steps include environmental and feasibility assessments, along with community consultation and engagement.

The project team is using this website as one method to communicate with the public about our work and to provide background information on the initiative. This website will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

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You, as members of our community, may have questions about this development project and process. The project team encourages you to contact us at with any queries or ideas you may have.

Project Team

In 2017, a team gathered to assemble information and reply to Noront’s request on the community’s ability to host the ferrochrome production facility (FPF):

  • Dan Hollingsworth (Project Lead), Executive Director of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation;
  • Al Horsman, Chief Administrative Officer with the City of Sault Ste. Marie;
  • Tom Vair, Deputy CAO of Community Development and Enterprise Services with the City of Sault Ste. Marie; and
  • Nevin Buconjic, Manager of Trade Investment & Community Marketing for the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation.

Other expert resources and partners were brought in to assist the project team in developing Sault Ste. Marie’s response. As well, MP Terry Sheehan, MPP Ross Romano and Mayor Christian Provenzano were actively involved in this initiative, and their efforts and assistance are very much appreciated.

Sault Ste. Marie chosen by Noront as host location for FPF facility

By Sault FPF Team | May 7, 2019

Sault Ste. Marie has been selected by Noront Resources Ltd. as the host location for a Ferrochrome Production Facility (FPF). The city’s submission was based on comprehensive research and analysis by the Sault Ste. Marie FPF project team, in consultation with sector experts. It focused on competitive advantages such as: location, logistics, industrial workforce, infrastructure…

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Sault’s submission chosen by Noront for next stage of process

By Sault FPF Team | July 13, 2018

The City of Sault Ste. Marie’s submission is one of two selected by Noront Resources Inc. to move on to the next stage of the process to select a site for a ferrochrome production facility (FPF). The Sault FPF Project Team is looking forward to continue working with Noront. The City’s submission was based on…

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SaultFPFproject Team responds to citizen questions

By Sault FPF Team | March 28, 2018

The SaultFPFproject Team was asked a series of questions from local citizens regarding the proposed project and its impact on the Sault Ste. Marie area. To share the information with the public, the response is posted below: ___ It is important to the leadership of the community, and the community itself, that a broad and…

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Noront receives 4 proposals

By Sault FPF Team | February 6, 2018

The submission period for site bids on Noront Resources’ proposed ferrochrome production facility is now closed. The company received four completed bid packages by the deadline, which was February 2. Bids were received from Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay and Timmins. Information on the next steps in the process can be found in a…

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Sault FPF project team presents submission to Noront Resources

By Sault FPF Team | February 2, 2018

The project team working on a submission to have Sault Ste. Marie considered as a host location for a ferrochrome production facility (FPF) presented an information package to Noront Resources today. A local delegation comprised of project team members and community leaders travelled to the company’s head office in Toronto to present the submission. “We…

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