MNDM NEWS RELEASE: Enhancing Mine Operations Research in the North

Ontario Government Supports Mining Innovation

June 7, 2013 10:30 a.m. – Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

Ontario is helping to develop a new software tool to enhance the operation of mines.

With support from the province’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCO) is developing a new software tool to help mining companies generate short-term work schedules for crews and equipment.

This project will support four researchers and programmer positions and will benefit the mining sector by improving day-to-day operational scheduling decisions and help companies with their long-term business plans.

Investing in northern research is an important part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. A strong northern economy will help create a fair society and give the people of Ontario more opportunities for jobs and economic prosperity.

Quick Facts

Ontario is providing $100,000 to this project through NOHFC’s Emerging Technology program.
Since 2005, that program has invested $175 million in approximately 270 projects across the North, helping to create or sustain more than 1,900 jobs.


“Currently, there is no software for optimized operational mine planning aligned with a long term plan. I commend MIRARCO for again leading important research, right here in Greater Sudbury, to help improve the efficiency of our mines.”

Rick Bartolucci
MPP for Sudbury

I am delighted that the NOHFC could support this research project in Northern Ontario. This investment demonstrates our government’s firm commitment to further establishing Ontario as a leader in the mining supply and services sector.”

Michael Gravelle
Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC

Find out about NOHFC and its programs.
Read about MIRARCO

Media Contacts

Maya Gorham
Minister’s Office
[email protected]

Michel Lavoie
Communications Branch
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