An aerial view of Victor mine

Northern Canada's extreme weather conditions make Victor Mine, an open pit, a challenge worthy of our best people. The winter road that brings supplies and heavy mining equipment to this corner of northeastern Ontario, is open only six weeks of the year.

Ontario's first diamond mine and our second in Canada, Victor, in the James Bay Lowlands  Victor is approximately 90 km west of the coastal community of Attawapiskat First Nation. To establish Victor, we signed community agreements with four of Canada's First Nations . Approximately C$167 of the $1 billion we spent on construction went to Aboriginal businesses or joint venture partners.


  • 1960s - First kimberlite discoveries in Canada
  • 1987 - While working with De Beers Exploration, university student Brad Wood discovers kimberlite boulders on the Attawapiskat River
  • 1987-88 Our exploration reveals 18 kimberlite pipes, 16 of them diamond-bearing
  • 1995 - Studies of Attawapisket samples spark renewed interest in the area
  • 2005 - De Beers and the Attawapiskat First Nation sign an Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) and construction on Victor Mine begins
  • 2007 - IBA signed with Moose Cree First Nation. Victor commissioning begins and production diamonds are delivered by year end.
  • 2008 - Agreement with Province of Ontario to make 10% of production by value available for local cutting and polishing. The mine reaches commercial production, six months ahead of schedule.
  • 2009 - Victor is voted "Mine of the Year" by readers of Mining Magazine. IBAs signed with Fort Albany First Nation and Kaschewan First Nation


A panoramic view of the Victor open pit mine