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Four Infill Holes Further Extend Higher-Grade Core at the Crawford Nickel-Cobalt Sulphide Project

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Canada Nickel Company Inc. (TSX-V: CNC) announced additional encouraging results from infill drilling on the Main Zone at its Crawford Nickel-Cobalt Sulphide project.


“Our infill drilling program continues to deliver outstanding results.  The second higher grade resource area in the western end of the Main Zone identified in our previous infill release has been further confirmed by these new holes. These higher grade resource areas will be the initial focus of the mine plan in the Preliminary Economic Assessment currently underway and expected to be completed by year-end,” said Mark Selby, Chair and CEO of Canada Nickel. “We have now completed the final three in-fill holes for the resource update and we are currently drilling the follow up holes on the previously reported excellent PGM results from hole CR20-32 (three separate intersections including 2.6 g/t PGM over 7.5 metres) and will begin testing several other prospective geophysical nickel targets on the several kilometres of the Crawford structure which remain untested.”


The Crawford Nickel-Cobalt Sulphide Project is located in the heart of the prolific Timmins-Cochrane mining camp in Ontario, Canada, and is adjacent to well-established, major infrastructure associated with over 100 years of regional mining activity.


Main Zone Infill Results


Infill drilling on the Main Zone continued to focus on more clearly defining and upgrading the Higher-Grade Core resource, which was previously defined as part of the resource estimate and dips steeply within the ultramafic unit and having a previously reported true thickness that varies from 40 m to 160 m.


All four infill holes contained in this release intersected thick intersections of nickel mineralization, and continue to extend and better define the higher grade resource areas.  Assays from the remaining 11 in-fill holes will be released over the next several weeks. See Table 1 and Figure 1 and 2 for results.


Highlights of the drilling include:


  • Infill hole CR20-48 intersected 0.31% nickel across entire core length of 368 metres
  • Infill hole CR20-50 intersected 0.33% nickel across entire core length of 366 metres
  • Infill hole CR20-52 returned 0.30% nickel across entire core length of 375 metres
  • Higher grade mineralization >0.35% nickel has now been delineated across approximately 600 metre strike length in westernmost end of Main Zone.  See Figure 2.
  • All four infill holes in this release were continuously mineralized from the beginning to the end of the holes, and further expands dimensions of higher grade (>0.35% Ni) mineralization in the western end of mineralization of the Main Zone


Table 1 – Main Zone Nickel – Drilling Results, Crawford Nickel-Cobalt Sulphide Project, Ontario



DDH ID From To Length Ni Co Pd Pt S Fe
  (m) (m) (m) (%) (%) (g/t) (g/t) (%) (%)
CR20-48 34.0 402.0 368.0 0.31 0.014 0.026 0.012 0.13 7.22
including 34.0 288.0 254.0 0.34 0.014 0.023 0.008 0.15 7.22
including 124.5 283.5 159.0 0.36 0.014 0.023 0.008 0.16 7.22
including 151.5 223.5 72.0 0.40 0.015 0.027 0.010 0.19 7.36
CR20-49 36.5 402.0 365.5 0.28 0.013 0.024 0.012 0.05 6.83
including 36.5 210.0 173.5 0.35 0.012 0.037 0.011 0.10 6.11
including 36.5 91.5 55.0 0.41 0.013 0.047 0.019 0.19 5.34
CR20-50 36.0 402.0 366.0 0.33 0.016 0.038 0.014 0.58 7.51
including 36.0 181.5 145.5 0.35 0.017 0.050 0.020 0.67 7.84
including 124.5 162.0 37.5 0.40 0.018 0.051 0.016 1.03 8.02
CR20-52 27.0 402.0 375.0 0.30 0.012 0.023 0.017 0.07 5.98
including 27.0 157.5 130.5 0.35 0.013 0.024 0.008 0.14 4.59
including 27.0 51.0 24.0 0.40 0.014 0.033 0.011 0.23 4.43


*These holes were drilled at a steep angle of -80 degrees almost entirely within the higher-grade core to better determine grade. The estimated true width of this zone has been determined from previous drilling to vary from 40 to 160 m depending on location of the section.


Next Steps


All drill results to date will be incorporated into an updated resource now expected by the end of the summer. Infill drilling for this resource update is now completed and drilling is now following up on the previously reported excellent PGM results from hole CR20-32 (three intervals including 2.6 g/t PGM over core length of 7.5 metres) and several other prospective geophysical targets on the several kilometres of the Crawford structure which remain untested on the west side of the highway.


Table 2 – Drill Hole Orientation, Crawford Nickel-Cobalt Sulphide Project, Ontario



DDH ID Easting Northing Dip Azimuth Length
  (mE) (mN) (°) (°) (m)
CR20-48 473378.5 5408693.0 -80 215.1 402
CR20-49 472855.7 5408922.1 -80 215.1 402
CR20-50 473559.2 5408586.4 -80 34.9 402
CR20-52 473173.1 5408816.6 -80 214.9 402


Issuance of Options and RSUs to Independent Directors


The Company also announced today that it has issued 20,000 options to acquire Company common shares at $1.87 per share and 10,000 restricted share units to each of its three independent directors. Such Options and RSUs are subject to shareholder approval as required by the TSX Venture Exchange and to the terms and conditions of the Company’s option plan and restricted share unit plan, respectively.

Assays, Quality Assurance/Quality Control and Drilling and Assay Procedures


William E. MacRae, MSc, P.Geo., a “qualified person” as defined by NI 43-101, is responsible for the on-going drilling and sampling program, including quality assurance and quality control. The core is collected from the drill in sealed core trays and transported to the core logging facility. The core is marked and sampled at 1.5 metre lengths and cut with a diamond blade saw. Samples are bagged with QA/QC samples inserted in batches of 35 samples per lot. Samples are transported in secure bags directly from the Canada Nickel core shack to Actlabs Timmins, an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited lab. Analysis for precious metals (gold, platinum and palladium) are completed by Fire Assay while analysis for nickel, cobalt, sulphur and 17 other elements are performed using a peroxide fusion and ICP-OES analysis. Certified standards and blanks are inserted at a rate of one QA/QC sample per 32 core samples making a batch of 35 samples that are submitted for analysis.


Qualified Person and Data Verification


Stephen J. Balch P.Geo. (ON), VP Exploration of Canada Nickel and a “qualified person” as such term is defined by National Instrument 43-101, has verified the data disclosed in this news release, and has otherwise reviewed and approved the technical information in this news release on behalf of Canada Nickel Company Inc.


About Canada Nickel Company


Canada Nickel Company Inc. is advancing the next generation of nickel-cobalt sulphide projects to deliver nickel and cobalt required to feed the high growth electric vehicle and stainless steel markets.  Canada Nickel Company has applied in multiple jurisdictions to trademark the terms NetZero NickelTM, NetZero CobaltTM, NetZero IronTM and is pursuing the development of processes to allow the production of net zero carbon nickel, cobalt, and iron products. Canada Nickel provides investors with leverage to nickel and cobalt in low political risk jurisdictions.  Canada Nickel is currently anchored by its 100% owned flagship Crawford Nickel-Cobalt Sulphide Project in the heart of the prolific Timmins-Cochrane mining camp.




Figure 1 – Plan View of Main Zone Nickel Resource, Crawford Nickel-Cobalt Sulphide Project, Ontario. (CNW Group/Canada Nickel Company Inc.)



Figure 2 – Plan View of Main Zone Nickel Resource including Newly Defined Higher Grade (>0.35% nickel) Mineralization, Crawford Nickel-Cobalt Sulphide Project, Ontario. (CNW Group/Canada Nickel Company Inc.)


Posted August 21, 2020

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