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Web-Based Mining System Wins National Award

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Web-Based Mining System Wins National Award

Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

TORONTO - Ontario's innovative online mining information system has won a prestigious national award, besting private and public sector competition from across the country.

The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines' CLAIMaps was honoured at the Canadian Information Productivity Awards in Toronto with an organizational transformation award. This award recognizes outstanding use of information technology for business delivery.

"The CLAIMaps system showcases our ministry's dedication to providing the best possible public service to the mineral sector," said Minister of Northern Development and Mines Rick Bartolucci. "Not only has it improved the quality and efficiency of the services we deliver, it has also allowed us to provide information to a broader range of clients."

CLAIMaps provides continuous online access to province-wide digitized maps. Prospectors, the public, industry and potential investors worldwide have access to a large database of mining land information, including the location of over 185,000 active mining claim units across the province. This information is available at no cost and updated daily, vastly improving the accuracy and accessibility of data for users.

"Ontario is in constant competition with jurisdictions around the world for exploration investment," added Bartolucci. "This system provides international exploration clients with up-to-date information and allows them to make informed investment decisions."

CLAIMaps has previously received an "Explorer Award" from the American E-Gov organization as well as an award of excellence from ESRI Canada, a global Geographic Information Systems software manufacturer. CLAIMaps can be viewed at www.claimaps.mndm.gov.on.ca

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