Province has mining industry’s back: Labour Minister opens Sudbury mining safety conference – by Len Gillis (Northern Ontario Business – April 10, 2019)

Provincial Labour Minister Laurie Scott said the announcement of new mining research installation in Sudbury shows that Ontario is open for business and open for jobs.

Scott was speaking in Sudbury, April 10, at the opening ceremony for the annual Mining Health and Safety Conference hosted by Ontario’s Workplace Safety North.

Scott told the conference that mining continues to be a mainstay of the Ontario economy and she congratulated the delegates for their work in keeping the industry operating safely. She said her ministry was proud to report there were no fatalities in Ontario mines in 2018.

Just as important she said was the fact that Ontario Mine Rescue was celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2019. “That is an incredible accomplishment and not to be taken lightly,” said Scott. “You are all here with one objective; making Ontario’s mines safer.”

Along with being a leading jurisdiction in Canada for mine safety, Scott said Ontario is still the leader for mining exploration and mining production. “Ontario generated more than $10 billion worth of minerals in 2018 and Ontario’s exploration expenses were $583 million, up eight per cent over 2017,” she said.

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