News Release: Ontario Releases Renewed Mineral Development Strategy (December 11, 2015)

Province Attracting Investment in Ontario’s Minerals Sector – Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

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Ontario has released a renewed Mineral Development Strategy that provides a 10-year vision to position Ontario as the global leader in sustainable mineral development.

The renewed strategy confirms the province’s commitment to attracting new investment and supporting innovation in the mineral exploration and development sector.The strategy consists of a 10-point action plan with four strategic priorities to ensure the mining sector is:

  • Competitive and innovative
  • Safe and environmentally responsible
  • Efficiently and effectively regulated
  • Positioned to ensure growth and prosperity for future generations.

The strategy is the result of engagement with prospectors, junior exploration and mining companies, environmental organizations and Aboriginal and northern communities. They shared their input through written submissions and participation at workshops hosted by the province.

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is investing $5 million in a Junior Exploration Assistance Program in support of the renewed Mineral Development Strategy. This program is expected to provide much needed financial support for mineral exploration projects.

Supporting a healthy, competitive and sustainable mineral sector is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • The Mineral Development Strategy was originally released in 2006. Renewing the strategy was a key commitment of the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.
  • There are currently over 40 mines operating in Ontario, including 14 base metal mines, 16 gold mines and one diamond mine.
  • The value of mineral production in 2003 was $5.7 billion. In 2014, the value of mineral production was a record $11 billion.
  • Ontario accounts for approximately 25 per cent of mining jobs in Canada.
  • The mining industry supports more than 26,000 direct and 50,000 indirect jobs, and is the largest private employer of Aboriginal persons in Ontario.

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“Our government is committed to supporting a globally competitive mineral development and mining sector that provides significant social and economic contributions to Ontario’s economy and supports economic development for Aboriginal communities. The Mineral Development Strategy is a blueprint for how we will help the sector address the challenges of today and position it to grow and attract investment in the future.”

Michael Gravelle
Minister of Northern Development and Mines

“The OMA thanks Minister Gravelle for his ongoing commitment to the mining sector. The renewal of Ontario’s Mineral Development Strategy recognizes the sector’s value to Ontario as well as the crucial need to have a competitive operating environment. We look forward to working with the Minister to maintain a leadership position in sustainable mining.”

Chris Hodgson
President of the Ontario Mining Association

“The introduction of a 10 year Mineral Development Strategy by the Ontario Government will provide a solid framework for mineral explorationists in Ontario. The components of the Strategy, when implemented, will provide greater certainty and preserve Ontario’s position as the number one jurisdiction for mineral exploration in Canada.” Garry Clark, Executive Director, Ontario Prospectors Association”

Garry Clark
Executive Director, Ontario Prospectors Association


Mineral Development Strategy 10-Point Action Plan
December 11, 2015 11:30 A.M.Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
The Mineral Development Strategy consists of four strategic priorities with a 10-point action plan to support these priorities.

A Competitive and Innovative Industry

Entrenching Ontario’s reputation as the leading mining jurisdiction in the world by:

1. Attracting jobs and investment
2. Fostering a culture of innovation
3. Increasing mineral discovery rates
4. Improving our cost competitiveness

A Safe and Environmentally Responsible Industry

Guiding Ontario’s mineral sector as smart, sustainable and environmentally conscious by:

5. Enhancing worker health and safety further across the industry
6. Protecting the environment, reducing the impacts of exploration and mining and addressing climate change

An Industry that is Efficiently and Effectively Regulated

Providing greater certainty for the mining industry by:

7. Improving regulatory efficiency, predictability and transparency

An Industry that Provides Growth and Prosperity

Supporting a healthy, competitive mineral sector to build a strong, prosperous economy for today and tomorrow by:

8. Enhancing Aboriginal voices and meaningful participation in economic development
9. Establishing socio-economic conditions needed to advance major mining projects
10.Building a highly skilled workforce

Media Contacts

Julia Bennett
Communications Services Branch
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James Carleton
Minister’s Office
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