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NEWS RELEASE · 12th November 2014
Rio Tinto Alcan
It is with great pleasure that Rio Tinto Alcan confirms today a gift to the people of Kitimat of approximately 56 acres of water front land that make up District Lot 471, located in Minette Bay.

For more than half a century Rio Tinto Alcan has participated with pride in the development of Kitimat and Northwest British Columbia. In the 1950’s Rio Tinto Alcan developed a company town from mostly undeveloped land. Today it is a mature, vibrant, and highly liveable northern community. We are very proud of our involvement in making this happen.

Now, 60 years later, a new era of industrial development is on our doorsteps. Rio Tinto Alcan’s BC Operations is looking forward to having new neighbours beside us near the smelter site and port terminals. It is important now, more than ever, to ensure the people of Kitimat continue to have direct ocean access.

To that end, Rio Tinto Alcan is pleased and committed, in this our 60th Anniversary year, to transfer ownership of the water front lot DL 471 to the District of Kitimat in trust for its citizen’s use for all time.

Congratulations and our very best wishes from all of us at Rio Tinto Alcan.

Gaby Poirier
General manager BC Operations
12 November 2014
Comment by CC on 22nd December 2014
This is extremely impressive. A company giving back to its town.

Rio Tinto you have given the people of Kitimat such a huge gift. This type of move is very rare. You have just made Kitimat a better town than it already is.

Well done!!!!!!
Comment by Leon Dumstrey-SooS on 17th November 2014
Good move RTA sadly 60 years to late!
Much Appreciated
Comment by Mel on 14th November 2014
Thank - you so much for that VERY generous gift. It will be appreciated by many people. I am grateful to the efforts of all involved - I am thinking that our current Council had a big hand in this. Good on you Rio - Tinto!
water front access
Comment by j.s. on 13th November 2014
hope fully this will be an R.V. free zone.