Province Developing New Geology Portal
Client Comments on Ontario.ca/geology to be Gathered at Mines and Minerals Symposiums
THUNDER BAY - Delegates attending the Northwestern and Northeastern Ontario Mines and Minerals Symposiums have the opportunity to "test drive" the Ministry of Northern and Development and Mines newest information website, Geology Ontario, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.
"Our clients have asked us to upgrade and improve electronic access to the wealth of information the ministry compiles," said Bartolucci. "We have listened and responded with an effective, state-of-the-art website that our global clients will find useful to better understand Ontario's geology and to decide where to make mineral investments in Ontario based on analysis of the data."
Geology Ontario brings more than 85,000 reports, two million pages, 150,000 maps and hundreds of digital products - a substantial portion of geoscientific information held by Ontario Geological Survey - together in a format that can be easily accessed and analyzed. The data and information pieces can be viewed in different ways to meet the users' needs and can be a valuable tool when considering mineral investments.
"One of the first steps in mineral development is acquiring knowledge and insight about geology in order to target investment and resources," said Bartolucci. "Geology Ontario allows our clients to take that step quickly and efficiently. Our ongoing commitment to improving the services we offer to stakeholders is one of the things that make Ontario a global leader in promoting sustainable mineral development."
Designed and built using the same technologies as the ministry's internationally recognized Crown Land Automated Internet Mapping System (CLAIMaps), Geology Ontario allows clients to produce multi-thematic maps and link in map services from other jurisdictions and organizations.
The site was developed by Lands and Resources Cluster Business Solutions Section in collaboration with ministry staff. Visitors to the annual Northwest (Thunder Bay) and Northeast (Kirkland Lake) symposiums, respectively taking place April 4 and April 11, are being given an opportunity to test drive and comment on the new website. Ministry staff will evaluate client comments before officially launching Geology Ontario in the near future.
The new web site can be found at www.ontario.ca/geology.