Ontario Hosts World Mining Forum

by NationTalk on February 28, 2008954 Views

McGuinty Government Promotes Province’s Mineral Advantages

TORONTO, Feb. 27 – Advancing sustainable mineral development and promoting the province’s superior mineral investment climate will be the focus of Ontario’s participation in two key international conferences.

Ontario and the World Bank are co-hosting the World Mines Ministries Forum, one of the world’s most unique mining events. Held biennially, the prestigious conference brings together government officials, aboriginal representatives, members of non-governmental organizations, university researchers and senior mining executives from more than 50 nations to discuss issues that will promote sustainable mineral development policies and practices. The forum takes place from February 28 to March 1 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. “Ontario is recognized globally as a leader in promoting sustainable mineral development,” said Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle. “This an excellent forum to facilitate collaboration and communication between advocates of sustainable mineral and community development and mining industry to work together to achieve a common goal.”

Immediately following the forum, more than 20,000 delegates expected to attend from around the world will attend the Prospectors and Developers of Canada Annual Convention, which runs from March 2 to March 5.

The Ontario Pavilion will feature the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines along with partners including northern municipalities, Far North First Nation communities as well as academe. For Ontario, this is an excellent opportunity to showcase its natural mineral endowment, security of land tenure, efficient permitting and approvals processes, electronic access to valuable geoscience data and a government committed to promoting mineral development through sustainable principles and focused fiscal incentives.

These initiatives are part of the government’s Northern Prosperity Plan (NPP) for building stronger northern communities. Learn more about Ontario’s Mineral Development Strategy.

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For further information: Anne-Marie Flanagan, Minister’s Office – Toronto, (416) 327-0655; Marc Leroux, MNDM – Sudbury, (705) 564-5869

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