Diamond Drilling Program Enhanced In The North
McGuinty Government Supports Colleges Partnership
Ontario is supporting skills training in Northern Ontario by helping retool diamond drilling programs offered jointly by two colleges in Kirkland Lake and Geraldton. The project is expected to create a total of ten jobs at the two colleges.
Young people launching their careers and workers seeking job retraining will benefit from enhanced surface diamond drilling programs at the Kirkland Lake campus of Northern College and at the Greenstone campus of Confederation College. The colleges are partners in the delivery of this program.
Provincial assistance of $436,200, through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), will help purchase equipment and diamond drills, as well as construct buildings to house machinery. The program curriculum will also be upgraded.
- The NOHFC is supporting this project under the Infrastructure and Community Development Program, which helps northern communities improve critical infrastructure and develop partnerships that find effective ways to create jobs and improve economic prospects.
- Over the past ten years, Ontario has produced the greatest value of non-fuel minerals in Canada. In 2008, Ontario accounted for $9.64 billion in mineral production or nearly 28 per cent of all non-fuel production in Canada.
- Diamond drilling is a specialized drilling technique for mineral exploration which uses a diamond encrusted bit to penetrate the rock.
“Our northern colleges are to be commended for recognizing that the recent surge in mineral exploration in Ontario has created new opportunities to develop skilled workers and help them find meaningful employment closer to home.”
“While this is a precarious time for the mining industry, long term prospects are still good and Ontario needs to be well positioned to take advantage of the next upturn by having the skilled trades-people to meet industry demand.”