World Mines Ministries Forum Promotes Sustainability Of Mining
TORONTO - The McGuinty government committed to a continued dialogue to address issues of importance common to the mining industry globally, and to strengthening the economy and quality of life in mining jurisdictions, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.
"Our discussions proved to be extremely helpful in directing our energies in the mining sector to building a strong and prosperous economy," said Bartolucci at the conclusion of the World Mines Ministries Forum. "Mining jurisdictions everywhere share common issues and concerns. By sharing information and exchanging views, we can encourage the sustainability of our industry and build on our status as a preferred destination for mineral exploration investment."
Ministers and senior staff representing mining jurisdictions from around the world met to discuss mineral policy issues, investment attraction, geological survey activities, services to the industry, environmental concerns and community issues. The forum preceded the annual convention of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, which is now under way in Toronto.
"Foreign delegations were impressed with Ontario's mining sector and its leadership in dealing with legacy issues such as mine closure and land reclamation," said Bartolucci. "At the same time, Ontario was able to learn from other jurisdictions that have made significant strides in working with their aboriginal stakeholders."
Co-hosted by Ontario and the World Bank, the World Mines Ministries Forum was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto from March 4 to 7.
"Mining is a significant industry in Ontario, contributing more than $5 billion annually to our economy," said Bartolucci. "By encouraging mining investment, we are helping build a strong and prosperous economy that will provide Ontarians with a quality of life second to none."