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Ontario Welcomes World Mining Leaders

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Ontario Welcomes World Mining Leaders

Conference An Opportunity For International Promotion Of Investment Climate

TORONTO - The Ontario government is again hosting one of the world's most important mining events and using the opportunity to promote Ontario as a great place for mining and mineral investment, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Whether you are in Balmertown or Brazil, mining jurisdictions everywhere share common issues and concerns," said Bartolucci. "Only by sharing information and exchanging views, can we encourage the sustainability of our industry."

Co-hosted by Ontario and the World Bank, the World Mines Ministries Forum (WMMF) brings together more than 250 delegates representing 50 mining jurisdictions from around the world to discuss issues such as geological survey activities, environmental concerns, and indigenous peoples and mining.

Directly following the WMMF, an estimated 13,000 delegates will attend the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada ( PDAC) annual convention.  The Ontario Pavilion will host the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines along with its partners including northern municipalities, mining related colleges and universities, Far North First Nation communities, the GO North Investor Program and Ontario's Mineral Industry Cluster Council.

"There is no better venue than this to promote our jurisdiction as a progressive, preferred destination for investment in mineral development and to highlight the potential of northern mining communities and institutions," said Bartolucci. "We look forward to marketing the Ontario advantage in mining to potential investors from around the world."

The WMMF runs from March 2 to 5 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, followed by the PDAC convention, which runs from March 6 to 9.

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