New mining strategy unveiled in Sudbury – by Carol Mulligan (Sudbury Star – December 12, 2015)

Ontario’s renewed mineral development strategy sends a message to Canada and around the globe that Ontario is open to the world when it comes to mining, and that it wants to be the global leader in sustainable mineral development.

Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle presented the strategy, which updates the original one released in 2006, to about 75 people crammed into the lobby of Dynamic Earth on Friday morning.

The mining sector is “absolutely vital” to Ontario’s prosperity and “who we are as northerners,” said the Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP.

The earlier strategy warned the mining sector could face challenges in the future. The renewed strategy focuses on four key areas to help the province attract mining investment and support innovation in mineral exploration and development, even in low periods of a boom-and-bust industry.

The strategy aims to ensure Ontario’s mining sector is competitive and innovative, safe and environmentally responsible, efficiently and effectively regulated, and positioned to ensure growth and prosperity. The strategy includes a 10-point plan to achieve those goals.

Gravelle said the province consulted with industry, first nations and communities to engage people in the strategy.

“We wanted you to see yourself in this strategy,” he said.

The strategy will help Ontario leverage homegrown expertise and innovation, said Gravelle. “We want to be the gold standard for corporate responsibility.”

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