Mining exploration incentives hinted at by Northern Development minister (CBC News Sudbury – December 2, 2015)

Mines minister Michael Gravelle promises details by the end of the year

Ontario’s minister of Northern Development and Mines is hinting at exploration incentives to be unveiled in the next few weeks.

Michael Gravelle made the comment while responding to a mining report from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce that called on the government to do more to encourage mining development in the province.

“I can say, I think, without getting myself in too much trouble, that our strategy will certainly be speaking to a number of the issues related to the need to drive exploration in the province of Ontario.”

Gravelle wouldn’t say what those changes might be, only promising they will be unveiled over the next few weeks.

“There’s no question the mining sector is going through a challenging time,” he told CBC News. “We went out there to consult with people about how could our renewed, revitalized mineral development strategy bring forward some recommendations to help stimulate the sector. Hopefully, when we do release this, which will be before the end of this year, you will see some of the fruits of that labour and those consultations coming to bear.”

‘The industry is having problems’

Porcupine Prospectors and Developers Association president Bill MacRae says the effect on the industry will depend on what the government’s incentives are.

“If they’re significant, then it’s a step forward,” he said. “We certainly, as an industry, have let them know loud and clear that the industry is having problems and Ontario is tending to fall behind in a jurisdiction that’s seen as favourable for exploration.”

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