Ontario Takes Bold Steps To Modernize Mining Act
April 30, 2009 – 072
McGuinty Government To Introduce Innovative, Balanced Legislation For A Sustainable Mining Future
Proposed changes to Ontario’s Mining Act would see significant strides in Aboriginal consultation, provide clear rules for industry and reduce the impact of mineral exploration on the environment.The proposed legislation, to be introduced later today, promotes balanced development that benefits all Ontarians. If passed, it would modernize the way companies stake and explore their claims to be more respectful of private land owners and Aboriginal communities. At the same time, it would support a vibrant minerals industry that would help many communities realize their economic and social aspirations.
The proposed legislation includes a number of ground-breaking provisions, which would make Ontario a national leader in mineral resource stewardship, including:
o Incorporating Aboriginal consultation in mining legislation and regulations
o Requiring awareness training to obtain a prospector’s licence, and
o Introduction of a dispute-resolution process for Aboriginal-related issues in mining.
If the legislation is passed, Ontario will begin putting new rules in place later this year.
“This proposed legislation takes bold steps toward a modern, innovative Mining Act that would balance all of our respective interests, benefit Ontario communities and support a vibrant Ontario minerals industry.”
– Michael Gravelle, Northern Development and Mines Minister
> Mining is Canada’s largest private sector employer of Aboriginal people.
> Mining provides Ontario with a trade surplus of about $3.3 billion annually.
> The 2009 Ontario Budget committed $40 million over three years for initiatives to support Mining Act modernization.
> About the modernization of Ontario’s Mining Act
> About the mineral industry in Ontario
> About Ontario’s approach to Aboriginal affairs
Anne-Marie Flanagan, MNDM Minister’s Office,