Ontario Hosts World Mining Forum



    McGuinty Government Promotes Province's Mineral Advantages

    TORONTO, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - 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 <a href="http://www.mndm.gov.on.ca/mndm/npp_e.asp?">Northern Prosperity Plan</a>
(NPP) for building stronger northern communities. Learn more about <a href="http://www.mndm.gov.on.ca/mndm/mines/mds/default_e.asp">Ontario's</a>
<a href="http://www.mndm.gov.on.ca/mndm/mines/mds/default_e.asp">Mineral Development Strategy</a>.

    
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For further information:

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

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