• Expanding Fortin Sill Deposit NE & SE along Strike, building off 2022 drill step-out intersection of 0.59% Ni, 0.54 Cu & 1.01 g/t Pt-Pd-Au over 35.63 m, including 1.85% Ni, 1.65% Cu & 3.27 g/t Pt-Pd-Au over 8.43 m.
Synopsis/opinion -- where this appears headed: On the side of the road, in mining-friendly Québec, with power and rail (possibly sending to Sudbury) -- Québec Nickel Corp. has, assuming continued exploration success, the ingredients to potentially become one of the lowest cost nickel concentrate producers. Drilling to date has indicated near-surface, high grade and bulk tonnage potential at the Fortin Sill target with significant upside potential as the Fortin Sill trend is +1 km in strike length. There is also similar potential at the other targets at the Ducros project.

Québec Nickel Corp. (CSE: QNI) (OTCQB: QNICF) (Frankfurt: 71B) is a Canadian-based mineral exploration company focused on advancing its 100%-owned Ducros Ni-Cu-PGE Property in Québec, located in the prolific Abitibi Greenstone belt. The Abitibi region is world renown for world-class gold-copper deposits, however QNI has what is rapidly developing as one of Canada's most exciting nickel sulphide plays, increasingly described in mining circles as a "big unicorn" for the fact it is an outlier with grades ~4 - 5 times what is found in the region for nickel, but also spectacular elevated copper, cobalt, platinum, palladium, and gold (PGE stands for Platinum Group Elements).

Québec Nickel Corp. was formed in 2020 to specifically tackle Ducros, its maiden 20,000 m multi-phase drill program began in Q1-2022. The Fortin Sill Ni-Cu-PGE deposit is rapidly developing, starts at surface and appears amenable to a high-grade open pit scenario. Entering October-2022 the company has drilled ~12,000 m of the planned 20,000 m, it has reported on 29 holes to date, and has core assays pending at the lab to report near-term. Besides its main focus of ongoing continuity drilling at the Fortin Sill deposit, the company is juxtaposing exploration, also looking at targets that are highly prospective for new discovery in other areas of the property (e.g. its Ducros Ultramafic Sill Complex has a drill on site conducting 3,000 m as of mid-September-2022).

QNI currently has a nominal market cap of ~C$16M (~71.9 million shares trading near ~C$0.22). ~80% of the shares are institutionally held, and the company is fully financed to accomplish all key objectives for 2022. The share price of QNI appears poised for upside revaluation as continued news flow occurs, and as the significance of what Québec Nickel Corp. possesses is better appreciated by the market.

The geological team leadership, directors, and board of advisors are an impressive who's-who of nickel expertise with career accomplishments across the spectrum from nickel exploration & discovery, development, and major production (see CV's at the bottom of this article). Gary DeSchutter, M.Sc., P.Geo., is Vice-President of Exploration for Québec Nickel Corp., he started his career with Falconbridge and transitioned to Anglo American for 6 years as part of their global nickel generation team. Gary joined Québec Nickel in February-2022 -- in-short, he picked Québec Nickel because he knows nickel and was attracted by the anomalous Nickel-Copper-Platinum Group Element (PGE) occurrences and elephant-size potential at Ducros.

Québec Nickel Corp. appears on a trajectory with serious potential to yield an impressive first-pass Ni-Cu-PGE resource on its Fortin Sill Zone after its 2023 drill program -- one look at the recent drill results at the Fortin Sill Zone of the Ducros NI-Cu-PGE Property and it is apparent that the methodical approach of step-outs and following the continuity drilling is paying off...

Figure 1. (above) Fortin Sill Zone Step-out Drilling hole 28 & 29. These step-outs are ~25 m SE from holes 9, 10, & 11 at the original showing; the geological team is already building a voluminous body of quality material. -- Image source: Company Q3-2022 Presentation, related news release: August 30, 2022 "Québec Nickel Corp Intersects 1.85% Ni, 1.65% Cu and 3.27 g/t Pt-Pd-Au Over 8.43 Metres In Step-out Drilling At The Fortin Sill Zone, Ducros Project, Abitibi, Québec". Seen in the image above are stellar grades (nearly 5% Ni-Cu and 6 g/t Pt-Pd-Au -- these are probably the best grades combined of Ni-Cu + PGEs + Gold in the history of the Abiti region). In image of core seen above you can see the foliation of sulphides with multiple events going on (good for the formation of nickel deposits), the material is running ~35% - 40% sulphides.

This October 12, 2022 the company released an update on its Ducros property in a news release entitled “Québec Nickel Corp. Adds Third Drill at Its Ducros Ni-Cu-PGE Project, Abitibi Québec”.

Synopsis:

- QNI has added a 3rd rig that will target the Fortin Sill (recently incl. 8.43 m at 3.81% NiEq) in order to accelerate the ongoing 20,000 m program.

- The 1st rig is also turning at Fortin Sill and the 2nd one is at Ducros Sill Ultramafic Complex (DUSC) for the 3,000 m program at DUSC with 50% drilling complete.

- All planned summer work programs completed and analysis underway:

• Additional channel sampling from the Fortin Sill outcrop, stellar grades.

• Property wide biogeochem survey – results received for 90% of the samples with a final report expected by year-end.

• Satellite imagery over the entire Ducros project – final progressing of data in progress.

• Air-borne gravity survey over the entire Ducros property – will help better understand geology and structure.

• Drone magnetic survey over Fortin Sill – 3,000 m line km completed. Results being processed and will help refine current & future drill targets.

- The press release includes a summary table of assay results returned from selected holes completed; previously reported assay results are highlighted by a 35.63 metre-long intersection that returned 1.13% Ni + Cu, 238 ppm Co and 1.01 g/t Pt-Pd-Au, and includes higher grade sub-intervals of 1.44 % Ni, 1.49 % Cu, 461 ppm Co and 2.79 g/t Pt-Pd-Au over 11.80 metres and 1.85% Ni, 1.65% Cu (3.50% Ni + Cu), 576 ppm Co and 3.27 g/t Pt-Pd-Au over 8.43 metres in hole QDG-22-29. Of note, a one-metre-long sample from hole QDG-22-29 containing heavy net-texture chalcopyrite and pyrrhotite (35-40% total sulphides) returned 1.98% Ni + 2.77% Cu (4.75% Ni + Cu), 624 ppm Co and 5.78 g/t Pt-Pd-Au. The release also has an image of drill sections, and a plan map showing the locations of selected drill holes completed at the Fortin Sill Zone.

Drilling to date has indicated near-surface, high grade and bulk tonnage potential at the Fortin Sill target with significant upside potential as the Fortin Sill trend is +1 km in strike length.

The following table displays a summary of assay results returned from selected holes completed at the Fortin Sill Zone:

The following figure shows the geological team is already building a 3-dimensional volume of material:

Figure 2 (above) -- Drill section showing the locations of selected holes completed at the Fortin Sill Ni-Cu-PGE Zone in relation to historical hole GCF-08-07 and the Fortin Sill Zone discovery outcrop.

Figure 3. (above) -- Plan map showing the locations of selected drill holes completed at the Fortin Sill Zone in relation to the Fortin Sill discovery outcrop. Assay results for holes QDG-22-30 through QDG-22-33 are pending. The location of hole QGD-22-28 has been moved approximately two (2) metres to the SE from its actual collar location for illustrative purposes.

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Québec Nickel Corp. Presents Exceptional Opportunity

Nickel is a hot commodity: Nickel is a key component of most lithium ion batteries, enabling more energy density. With EV demand on the rise so is the demand for nickel. The trend has been for increased nickel content in EV batteries as energy density is further optimized by various manufacturers; ~20 kg to 50 kg of Ni is in a typical EV battery, depending on make. There is a shortage of the type of high-grade nickel that’s needed for EV batteries. Russia has traditionally been a source for a lot of this nickel, however it is now considered black-market. There is a lack of western-world domestic sources of nickel. To quote Elon Musk on July 22, 2020 “Any mining companies out there, please mine more nickel ... Tesla will give you a giant contract for a long period of time if you mine nickel efficiently and in an environmentally sensitive way.” 

Currently stainless steel production accounts for the majority (~85% - 90%) of nickel used globally, however demand from battery production is expected to increase steadily. Not all nickel can go into batteries, it has to be clean ‘class-1’, dirty laterite nickel from Indonesia, Australia, Philippines, and Brazil generally does not meet the grade – the purest nickel comes from sulphides (such as that which Québec Nickel Corp. has at Ducros). Trying to upgrade low-grade laterites involves extremely energy-intensive processes such as pressure acid leaching which results in an environmentally destructive CO2 footprint ~20 times more than that can be achieved from sulphide sourced nickel.

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Location of QNI's Ducros Ni-Cu-PGE Project -- Mining friendly jurisdiction with exceptional infrastructure.

Figure 4. (above) Location map -- Located in the eastern Abitibi Greenstone Belt, northeast of Val-d'Or Québec. The Abitibi Greenstone Belt is ~700 km long and home to numerous Cu-Au producers. The Timmins area has had several past nickel producers.

● 100% QNI-owned – 280 map designated mineral claims totaling >15,000 hectares.

● Located 80 km northeast of Val-d’Or, between the nearby towns of Lebel-sur-Quévillon and Senneterre (2 towns that are driven by mineral exploration and logging, providing QNI access to workforce and support (e.g. labs and drill contractors). Québec Nickel Corp. rents office space in Val-d'Or and is logging its core there. Additionally, Québec Nickel Corp. is actively populating a data-room to facilitate majors/entities that sign a CA. Val-d'Or is a huge gold town with 4 operating mills with another 2 set to come online -- no need to sleep in tents and no need for choppers -- the team can hit the property in ~50 minutes from Val-d'Or.

● Provincial Highway 113 crosses east side of property + network of logging roads.

● CN Rail line and power within five kilometres of property.

● There are 2 small airports ~15 minute drive either side of the property, north & south.

● Mining-friendly jurisdiction at the local, provincial and national levels. Québec Nickel Corp. has already begun environmental and community work behind the scenes.

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Background/Property acquisition: The project originated from what was originally known about an outcrop that has since become the Fortin Sill discovery zone. The showing had been known since the 70s and 80s; the outcrop returned anomalous chip samples from prospectors, and the prospectors made a deal with Golden Valley Mines which was a Glenn Mullan company. Back in 2008 Glenn Mullan drilled two holes in the area of the showing and came back with ~20 m of ~.3 Ni, ~.4 Cu + Platinum and Gold. That was 2008 and the market went south resulting in the project laying dormant for the next ~13 years. The now CEO of Québec Nickel Corp., David Patterson, recognising the coming demand for nickel and potential of the anomalous land package, contacted Glenn in 2020 and made a deal; essentially for a 9.9% equity position once public plus a 1.5% NSR -- they struck a deal and the company was created.

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Claims Map - Property Geology and Exploration Zones/Targets

Figure 5. (above) Claims Map - Property Geology and Exploration Zones/Targets. The image above has been annotated / augmented (inset & description on right) by Mining MarketWatch Journal. The Fortin Sill deposit Zone is the anchor, where a deposit of significance is being advanced, working/expanding from the known to the unknown with great success. Then off to the west of Fortin at the Ducros Sill, back in 1987, there was a series of 5 holes drilled by operators looking for elements other than nickel, records indicate they hit the right rock types; they hit dunite rock from from top to bottom, also ultramafics were intersected -- important ingredients for what QNI is looking for. They were not targeting geophysical anomalies as QNI is doing now. Also note that this sits next to a sulphur resource that was drilled off in the late 50s (Note: sulphur is an important ingredient for creating a nickel deposit). The purple squiggly lines are what the Québec Goverment has interpreted to be the right rock types (ultramafic intrusive rocks). Note that ultramafic sills and dykes all intrude into the light blue package of sulphide bearing meta-sediments -- again more encouraging ingredients to bake in a Ni-Cu-PGE deposit. Québec Nickel Corp. will be the first to put a drill hole into areas that are highly prospective for discovery.

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