TORONTO, March 2, 2015 /CNW/ - Mark Strahl, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, today attended the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's 2015 convention in Toronto, Ontario.
Our Government recognizes the benefits of the Canadian mineral exploration and development industry. Canada's North is home to world class reserves of natural resources representing tremendous economic and job opportunities for all Canadians and we remain committed to their sustainable development as we continue to focus on jobs, growth and prosperity. Moreover, on a proportional basis, the mining industry employs more Aboriginal people – both North and South of 60 – than any other industry in Canada.
Further, our Government has undertaken significant initiatives to create an efficient and predictable environmental assessment process and is committed to fostering exploration and mining across the country.
Our Government has completed the modernization of the mineral tenure provisions of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Mining Regulations and created two new federal regulations. The coming into force of both of these regulations coincided with NWT devolution on April 1, 2014. Additionally, the new Nunavut Mining Regulations will be amended to enable the replacement of ground staking in Nunavut with online map selection of mineral claims, with implementation of these initiatives currently underway.
Overall, these measures will build on our Government's low tax plan for jobs and growth, and encourage further investment in Canada's North and across the country.
"Canada's mining industry is an important economic driver that creates high paying jobs in Aboriginal and Northern communities. We are proud to support initiatives that will help develop true partnerships and create long term benefits for all Canadians. Our Government is committed to improving the lives of all Canadians, including Northerners, through investing in economic opportunities that will help create jobs and lasting benefits."
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
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