Osisko Development Announces Receipt of Underground Bulk Sample Permit and Intersects High Grade Gold at Cariboo

Montréal, Quebec, CANADA

MONTREAL, July 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Osisko Development Corp. (“Osisko Development” or the “Company”) (TSX.V-ODV) is pleased to announce the receipt of the Notice of Work permit to commence development to collect an underground bulk sample at its Cariboo Gold Project (“Cariboo” or “Project”) in central British Columbia and conduct underground diamond drilling.

Also, the Company is reporting additional drilling results from the 200,000-meter 2021 exploration and category conversion drill program campaign. A total of ten diamond drill rigs are currently on the Project.


  • A 10,000 tonnes bulk sample will be collected on the Cow Mountain deposit (Figure 1).
  • A total of 2,200 meters of development is planned (Figure 2).
  • The project is intentionally designed to utilize existing surface disturbance to reduce environmental impact and portal construction is to begin immediately.
  • Underground drill bays on Cow and Lowhee Deposits are part of the development plan to increase exploration and infill drilling.
  • Development will be executed by the Sandvik Roadheader Mt-720 previously tested and commissioned at the Bonanza Ledge operation where promising performance was achieved.
  • The ore extracted in the bulk sample will be processed in a newly purchased Ore Sorter from the company Steinert to further improve confidence of ore sorting technology.
  • A total of 100,000 meters have been drilled thus far in 2021.
  • Recent assay results include holes IM-21-037 to IM-21-068.
  • Drilling highlights include 11.76 g/t Au over 7.4 meters in hole IM-21-037 that intersected a vein corridor on Shaft Zone, open along strike to the south.
  • Exploration hole IM-21-048 on Mosquito Creek tested for vein corridors at depth and intersected mineralized veins with assays including 21.2 g/t Au over 0.50 meters and 25.3 g/t over 0.80 meters at vertical depth of 325 meters.
  • Detailed drilling results and a drill hole location plan map are presented at the end of this release.

Assay Highlights (Figures 3, 4, 5 and 6)

  • 11.76 g/t Au over 7.40 meters in hole IM-21-037 including
  • 63.90 g/t Au over 1.00 meter
  • 47.40 g/t Au over 1.15 meters in hole IM-21-043
  • 6.96 g/t Au over 7.35 meters in hole IM-21-051
  • 21.59 g/t Au over 2.50 meters in hole IM-21-052 including
  • 73.20 g/t Au over 0.65 meters
  • 87.30 g/t Au over 0.70 meters in hole IM-21-053
  • 4.66 g/t Au over 7.40 meters in hole IM-21-060
  • 8.90 g/t Au over 5.60 meters in hole IM-21-062 including
  • 82.00 g/t Au over 0.50 meters
  • 13.27 g/t Au over 2.85 meters in hole IM-21-064
  • 6.73 g/t Au over 5.50 meters in hole IM-21-067

Sean Roosen, CEO of Osisko Development commented, “The commencement of underground development to collect a bulk sample and conduct underground drilling demonstrates the continued advancement of the Cariboo Gold Project. We are now 50% completed on our proposed 200,000 meter infill and expansion diamond drill program for 2021. The infill results within the 2020 Mineral Resource Estimate continue to intersect vein corridors and new veins are being discovered at depth.”

Mineralized quartz veins on Cariboo are overall sub-vertical dip and northeast strike. Vein corridors are defined as a high-density network of mineralized quartz veins within the axis of the last folding event and hosted within a brittle meta-sandstone or calcareous meta-sandstone. Vein corridors are modelled at a minimum thickness of 2 meters and average about 4.5 meters true width. Individual mineralized veins within these corridors have widths varying from centimeters to several meters and strike lengths from a few meters to over 50 meters. These corridors have been defined from surface to a vertical depth averaging 300 meters and remain open for expansion at depth and along strike. Gold grades are intimately associated with quartz vein-hosted pyrite as well as pyritic, intensely silicified wall rock haloes in close proximity to the veins.

True widths are estimated to be 60% to 75% of reported core length intervals. Intervals not recovered by drilling were assigned zero grade. Top cuts have not been applied to high grade assays. Complete assay highlights are presented in Table 1, drill hole locations are listed in Table 2.

Figure 1: Cariboo deposit areas overview map

Figure 2: Underground development plan and bulk sample location

Figure 3: Mosquito Creek select drilling highlights.

Figure 4: Shaft Zone select drilling highlights.

Figure 5: Shaft Zone select drilling highlights.

Figure 6: Shaft Zone select drilling highlights.

Qualified Persons

Per National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, Maggie Layman, P.Geo. Vice President Exploration of Osisko Development Corp., is a Qualified Person and has prepared, validated, and approved the technical and scientific content of this news release.

Quality Assurance – Quality Control

Once received from the drill and processed, all drill core samples are sawn in half, labelled and bagged. The remaining drill core is subsequently stored on site at a secured facility in Wells, BC. Numbered security tags are applied to lab shipments for chain of custody requirements. Quality control (QC) samples are inserted at regular intervals in the sample stream, including blanks and reference materials with all sample shipments to monitor laboratory performance. The QAQC program was designed and approved by Lynda Bloom, P.Geo. of Analytical Solutions Ltd.

Drill core samples are submitted to ALS Geochemistry’s analytical facility in North Vancouver, British Columbia for preparation and analysis. The ALS facility is accredited to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard for gold assays and all analytical methods include quality control materials at set frequencies with established data acceptance criteria. The entire sample is crushed, and 250 grams is pulverized. Analysis for gold is by 50g fire assay fusion with atomic absorption (AAS) finish with a lower limit of 0.01 ppm and upper limit of 100 ppm. Samples with gold assays greater than 100 ppm are re-analyzed using a 1,000g screen metallic fire assay. A selected number of samples are also analyzed using a 48 multi-elemental geochemical package by a 4-acid digestion, followed by Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS).

About Osisko Development Corp.

Osisko Development Corp. is well-capitalized and uniquely positioned as a premier gold development company in North America to advance the Cariboo Gold Project and other Canadian and Mexican properties, with the objective of becoming the next mid-tier gold producer. The Cariboo Gold Project, located in central British Columbia, is Osisko Development's flagship asset with measured and indicated resources of 21.44 Mt at 4.6 Au g/t for a total of 3.2 million ounces of gold and inferred resource of 21.69 Mt at 3.9 Au g/t for a total of 2.7 million ounces of gold (see NI 43-101 Technical Report for resource October 5th, 2020). The considerable exploration potential at depth and along strike distinguishes the Cariboo Gold Project relative to other development assets as does the historically low, all-in discovery costs of US $19 per ounce. The Cariboo Gold Project is advancing through permitting as a 4,750 tonnes per day underground operation with a feasibility study on track for completion in the second half of 2021. Osisko Development's project pipeline is complemented by potential near-term production targeted from the San Antonio gold project, located in Sonora Mexico and early exploration stage properties including the Coulon Project and James Bay Properties located in Québec as well as the Guerrero Properties located in Mexico. Osisko Development began trading on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "ODV" on December 2, 2020.

For further information, please contact Osisko Development Corp.:
Jean Francois Lemonde
VP Investor Relations
Tel: 514-299-4926

Forward-looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release may be deemed “forwardlooking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian and U.S. securities laws. These forwardlooking statements, by their nature, require Osisko Development to make certain assumptions and necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in these forwardlooking statements. Forwardlooking statements are not guarantees of performance.  Words such as “may”, “will”, “would”, “could”, “expect”, “believe”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “estimate”, “continue”, or the negative or comparable terminology, as well as terms usually used in the future and the conditional, are intended to identify forwardlooking statements. Information contained in forwardlooking statements is based upon certain material assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making a forecast or projection, including management’s perceptions of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, including with respect to the projected underground development and the results from the processing of the bulk sample with the Ore Sorter, results of further exploration work to define and expand mineral resources, expected conclusions of optimization studies, that vein corridors continue to be defined as a high-density network of mineralized quartz within the axis of the last folding event and hosted within the sandstones and that the deposit remains open for expansion at depth and down plunge, as well as other considerations that are believed to be appropriate in the circumstances. Osisko Development considers its assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available, but cautions the reader that their assumptions regarding future events, many of which are beyond the control of Osisko Development, may ultimately prove to be incorrect since they are subject to risks and uncertainties that affect Osisko Development and its business. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, risks relating to the ability of exploration activities (including drill results) to accurately predict mineralization; errors in management’s geological modelling; the ability of to complete further exploration activities, including drilling; property and royalty interests in the Cariboo gold deposit; the ability of the Corporation to obtain required approvals; the results of exploration activities; risks relating to mining activities; the global economic climate; metal prices; dilution; environmental risks; and community and non-governmental actions and the responses of relevant governments to the COVID-19 outbreak and the effectiveness of such responses.

For additional information with respect to these and other factors and assumptions underlying the forwardlooking statements made in this news release concerning Osisko Development, see the Filing Statement available electronically on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) under Osisko Development's issuer profile. The forwardlooking statements set forth herein concerning Osisko Development reflect management's expectations as at the date of this news release and are subject to change after such date. Osisko Development disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required by law.

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Table 1: Cariboo Gold Project 2021 Length Weighted Drill Hole Gold Composites

IM-21-037 41.0542.051.006.64Shaft
IM-21-038 33.0034.001.003.71Shaft
IM-21-039No Significant Assays   Mosquito
IM-21-040 85.2585.750.505.68Mosquito
IM-21-041 112.90113.600.706.71Shaft
IM-21-042 302.00305.053.052.87Shaft
IM-21-043 100.50101.651.1547.40Shaft
IM-21-044No Significant Assays    
IM-21-045 91.7592.300.553.40Shaft
IM-21-046 62.0062.500.505.51Shaft
IM-21-047 27.1527.650.503.63Shaft
IM-21-048 121.20122.801.605.70Mosquito
IM-21-049 28.2528.750.503.97Shaft
IM-21-050No Significant Assays    
IM-21-051 149.90151.001.1010.20Shaft
IM-21-052 249.00251.502.5021.59Shaft
IM-21-053 29.5531.301.754.51Shaft
IM-21-054 40.7042.001.305.15Shaft
IM-21-055 72.5074.001.504.45Shaft
IM-21-056 159.60160.200.604.26Shaft
IM-21-057 39.0040.001.004.46Shaft
IM-21-058 195.15196.301.155.35Shaft
IM-21-059 24.0025.001.007.82Shaft
IM-21-060 29.0030.501.504.09Shaft
IM-21-061 147.50148.100.606.66Mosquito
IM-21-062 181.40182.701.3011.20Shaft
IM-21-063 20.5022.101.6015.72Shaft
IM-21-064 108.70109.200.5011.40Shaft
IM-21-065Hole Abandoned    Mosquito
IM-21-066 183.90188.104.205.59Shaft
IM-21-067 120.00125.505.506.73Shaft
IM-21-068 70.1571.201.056.43Mosquito

Table 2: Drill Hole Locations and Orientations



Figure 1: Cariboo deposit areas overview map Figure 2: Underground development plan and bulk sample location Figure 3: Mosquito Creek select drilling highlights Figure 4: Shaft Zone select drilling highlights Figure 5: Shaft Zone select drilling highlights Figure 6: Shaft Zone select drilling highlights