Vancouver-based Cavan Ventures Inc. is beginning to explore several sites north of Gatineau that it believes has the potential to become full-blown graphite mining projects.
The firm announced last week it has started prospecting and exploration work on five sites it acquired between April 2012 and March 2013.
The closest to Ottawa is a 900-hectare site in Buckingham, Que., just east of Gatineau. Other sites are close to Maniwaki and Mont-Laurier.
The company is currently taking several samples from the sites and will then ship them to a laboratory in Val d’Or.
Peter Swistak, the firm’s president, did not return numerous phone calls requesting more details about what the developments would mean for the Ottawa economy.