Mining Association of Canada NEWS RELEASE: The Canadian mining opportunity: $130 Billion over the next five years

SUDBURY, ON, Aug. 25, 2011 /CNW/ – New figures from the Mining Association of Canada today estimate that approximately $130 billion worth of investment is projected over the next five years for the Canadian mining industry;  including both new project and expansions to existing operations.  That message was part of an address to the Sudbury Chamber of Commerce made by Pierre Gratton, President and CEO of the Mining Association of Canada.

“Multi-billion dollar investments are planned in virtually every province and territory of Canada.  Global demand for commodities is creating opportunities not seen since the post-war boom of the 1950’s,” says Gratton.  “As a global mining superpower, Canada is well positioned to capitalize on this opportunity.  Canada is fortunate to have a rich endowment of commodities and over the past several decades we’ve developed best-in-class expertise in extracting materials in an environmentally responsible manner.”

Joining Pierre Gratton in addressing the Sudbury audience was Chris Hodgson, President of the Ontario Mining Association.  “The world needs the products of mining.  Mines will be built and operated.  What better place to mine than Ontario, with its responsible environmental protection, world class safety record and desire to participate in new and emerging technologies,” added Mr. Hodgson.  “The existing 20-year window of opportunity can be spent on permitting and approvals, or it can be spent opening mines.  Our environmental and safety record will not be placed in jeopardy by compressing development timelines and aligning interests to ensure the province, industry and community all benefit.”

“Canada is among the most attractive jurisdictions in the world for mineral exploration and new mine investment,” says Gratton. “We have a tremendous opportunity ahead of us; we need to think strategically about how best to seize it by focusing on key challenges like regulatory efficiency, human resources and infrastructure.  Sudbury, with its richly diversified mining cluster, is well-positioned to capitalize on this opportunity not only for the commodities it produces, but as a Canadian supply and services centre and a key educator and trainer for the next generation of mine workers.”

About the Mining Association of Canada

The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) is the trusted national voice of Canada’s mining and mineral processing industry.  Since 1935, MAC has supported and promoted the mining industry providing leadership, sharing resources and continuing to build, strengthen and engage the industry through advocacy, stewardship and collaboration.  The Association places a high priority on corporate social responsibility, and through initiatives like “Towards Sustainable Mining” addresses issues surrounding sustainability and governing policies in a collaborative, progressive way.

About the Ontario Mining Association

The Ontario Mining Association (OMA) was established in 1920 and it one of the longest serving trade organizations in the country. Our seventy-four members are engaged in exploring, producing and processing mineral resources that are the building blocks of everything from your kitchen sink to computer disk drives, wind turbines, hybrid cars, rechargeable batteries, catalytic converters, nanotechnology and beyond – where human ingenuity and aspiration for a greener future have yet to take us.

For more information or to obtain a copy of Pierre Gratton’s speech contact:
Paul Hébert