Ontario Launches Mining Act Consultations

    McGuinty Government Aims To Ensure Balanced, Respectful Legislation

    TORONTO, Aug. 5 /CNW/ -


    The Ontario government is holding a series of public and stakeholder
meetings about modernizing the Mining Act.
    Facilitated public and stakeholder sessions will be held in Timmins
(August 11), Sudbury (August 13), Thunder Bay (August 18), Kingston
(August 28) and Toronto (September 8).
    These sessions are the first step in a consultation approach that will
also include focused discussions with the minerals industry, municipalities
and other stakeholders, First Nations and Métis leaders, as well as input from
First Nations communities across Ontario. On August 11, a discussion paper
will be posted for comment on the Environmental Registry and the ministry's
web site (http://www.mndm.gov.on.ca/).
    This process will help ensure that the proposed legislation promotes
fair, balanced and sustainable development that benefits all Ontarians. It
supports Premier Dalton McGuinty's July 14 announcement
(http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/news/Product.asp?ProductID=2353%20%20) that
Ontario is going to modernize the way mining companies stake and explore their
claims to be more respectful of Aboriginal communities and private land


    "A vibrant mining industry adds wealth to our economy and offers
tremendous benefits for our communities," said Northern Development and Mines
Minister Michael Gravelle. "We want to support that industry with a Mining Act
that reflects the values of today's society."


    -   Toronto is the world's mine financing capital. In 2006, more than
        80 per cent of the global mining industry's public financings were
        conducted through the Toronto Stock Exchange.

    -   According to Natural Resources Canada, there are about 1,200
        Aboriginal communities within 200 km of 190 producing mines and 2,100
        exploration properties across Canada.

    -   The Canadian mining industry was the only industrial sector with
        average weekly wages above $1,000 in 2006.


    Read Ontario's Mining Act
    Learn about Ontario's Mineral Development Strategy
    The work of the ministry's Mines and Minerals Division

                                                      Disponible en français

For further information:

For further information: Anne-Marie Flanagan, Minister's Office, (416)

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