McGuinty Government Welcomes World Mining Community To Ontario
TORONTO - Ontario is co-hosting an international mining forum to discuss issues and opportunities common to the global mineral development community and strengthen the economy and quality of life in mining jurisdictions, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci said today.
"The McGuinty government is working with the mining sector to build a strong and prosperous economy, one that provides our people with the highest quality of life," said Bartolucci. "We are delighted to be co-hosting this very important international event at a time when Ontario is a preferred destination for mineral exploration investment."
Ontario is welcoming over 300 delegates from around the globe attending the 2004 World Mines Ministries Forum, which will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from March 4-7. The forum is co-hosted by Ontario and the World Bank.
"We see this as a valuable opportunity to reinforce Ontario's global stature as a premier mining jurisdiction," said Bartolucci. "Currently, mineral exploration in Ontario is booming. There is great interest in finding and developing gold, nickel, copper, platinum group elements and diamond deposits throughout Ontario."
Ministers and senior staff from mining jurisdictions around the world discuss five major topics:
- Role of Geological Surveys;
- Legacy Issues;
- Security of Tenure;
- Mining: Who Benefits?; and
- Mining Education for Indigenous People.
"By working with the mining sector to build a strong and prosperous economy, we can provide our people with a quality of life that is second to none," Bartolucci concluded.