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Policy Proposal Notice:   EBR Registry Number:   012-3609
Renewal of Ontario’s’ Mineral Development Strategy
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
Date Proposal loaded to the Registry:
March 02, 2015

UPDATE: While the new Mineral Development Strategy is still being developed, a summary of the input received during the 67-day engagement period can be found by following the link in the Additional Information section.

Keyword(s):   Mining
The comment period for this proposal is now over.
Description of Policy:

The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (“Ministry”) is proposing to renew the Ontario Mineral Development Strategy (“strategy”), which was released in 2006. Towards this end, the ministry has prepared a discussion paper to seek public input into the development of the new strategy.

Purpose of Policy:

Ontario’s mineral development landscape has changed dramatically in recent years and continues to evolve today. To maintain the momentum generated by the 2006 Mineral Development Strategy, renewal of key strategic priorities is warranted. This renewal is being launched by asking industry partners, Aboriginal communities and other interested parties to share their advice on maximizing Ontario’s mineral potential with respect to jobs, productivity and innovation, protection of the environment and Aboriginal economic participation.

The discussion paper is intended to encourage consideration of the challenges and opportunities facing the mineral sector. It approaches the subject of change occurring within the mineral development landscape by outlining the key global and local drivers influencing Ontario’s mineral exploration and mining industry. The paper concludes by asking several key questions to elicit comments and suggestions on how to address these changes.

The Ministry is seeking input on the discussion paper. To view the detailed discussion paper, please see the link under Additional Information entitled “Discussion Paper”.

Engagement workshops on the discussion paper will be held from March 9 to May 6 , 2015 to seek feedback “in-person” from interested parties.

Other Information:


Ontario’s Mineral Development Strategy
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
Level 6B, Willet Green Miller Centre
933 Ramsey Lake Road,
Sudbury, ON P3E 6B5

Telephone: 705-5789
Fax: 705-670-5818
Email: mds.mndm@ontario.ca


Public Consultation:

This proposal was posted for a 67 day public review and comment period starting March 02, 2015. Comments were to be received by May 08, 2015.

All comments received during the comment period are being considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry.

Please Note: All comments and submissions received have become part of the public record.

Other Public Consultation Opportunities:

All comments will be considered as part of the strategy development process by the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines if they are submitted in writing or electronically using the form provided in this notice and reference EBR Registry number 012-3609.

Alternatively, comments can be provided directly and in writing:

• By email to mds.mndm@ontario.ca

• By delivery to any Ministry of Northern Development
& Mines offices; or

• By mail/courier to the above address.

• By fax to (705) 670-5818

All written comments must be submitted by May 8, 2015.

Comments and feedback will be considered when the strategy is developed. It is expected that a renewed mineral development strategy will be prepared in 2015.

Alternatively, interested parties may provide input into the development of the renewed Mineral Development Strategy by participating in in-person workshops to be held at various locations across Ontario. A workshop schedule appears below:

Mineral Development Strategy Workshop Schedule
(all sessions 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.)

MARCH 9 Kenora – Lakeside Inn and Conference Centre, Cascade Ballroom
MARCH 10 Red Lake – Super 8 Red Lake, Conference Hall
MARCH 11 Thunder Bay – Valhalla Inn, Scandia Rooms 1 and 2

MARCH 17 Sault Ste. Marie – Delta Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront Hotel, Brule Salon A & B
MARCH 18 Sudbury – Radisson Hotel, Palladium South Room

MARCH 24 Kirkland Lake – Hockey Heritage North, Theatre Room
MARCH 25 Timmins – Timmins Inn & Suites Convention Centre, Goldrush Ballroom

MAY 6 Toronto – Oakham House (Ryerson University), Margaret Laurence Room

(all sessions 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

APRIL 8 Fort Frances– Copper River Inn & Conference Centre – Birchwood Room
APRIL 9 Kenora – Lakeside Inn and Conference Centre, Rosewood Room

APRIL 14 Sault Ste. Marie – Delta Waterfront Hotel, Algoma Ballroom West
APRIL 15 Sudbury – Radisson Hotel, Palladium North Room
APRIL 16 Timmins - Timmins Inn & Suites Convention Centre, Goldrush Ballroom

APRIL 29 Thunder Bay – Valhalla Inn, Viking Room

MAY 5 Toronto – Oakham House (Ryerson University), Oakham Lounge


Ron Louis
Stakeholder Relations Officer
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
Mines and Minerals Division
933 Ramsey Lake Road
Level B6
Sudbury Ontario
P3E 6B5
Phone: (705) 670-3028
Fax: (705) 670-5818

Additional Information:

The documents linked below are provided for the purposes of enhancing public consultation.
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