Ontario Advancing Mining Technology
Province Supporting Development of New Mining Products and Services
Ontario is supporting the development of new, innovative mining technologies and helping to create new jobs for residents in the Sudbury area by expanding a state-of-the-art research mine.
Glenn Thibeault, MPP for Sudbury, made the announcement on behalf of Minister of Northern Development and Mines Bill Mauro this morning at the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT) Underground Centre in Onaping, Ontario. The province is supporting the mine's expansion through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC).
This operating mine provides mining companies with an active laboratory where they can develop and showcase their mining technology innovations. Upgrades will include improved ventilation and electrical systems that will enhance workers' health and safety on the job.Supporting mining innovation in the North is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy, and help people in their everyday lives.
- Ontario is investing $488,250 in this project through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), which has provided more than $1.8 million to establish the facility.
- Founded in 1995, NORCAT is a leading private, non-profit organization that empowers its clients, staff and community partners to drive a culture of productivity, innovation and life-long learning.
- Since 2013, the NOHFC has invested more than $488 million in 3,165 projects, helping to create or sustain more than 10,895 jobs across Northern Ontario.
- In the Sudbury region, the NOHFC has invested $90 million in 536 projects, creating or sustaining more than 1,370 jobs, since 2013.
“NORCAT continues to work to help develop innovative mining technologies. Our support for the Underground Centre in Onaping is improving on a unique facility that supports companies in the development of specialized products and services that are exported around the world.”
“Ontario is the most attractive jurisdiction for mineral investment in Canada, and we continue to collaborate with partners like NORCAT to ensure the mining sector remains strong and able to compete in the global marketplace. We are working diligently to ensure that Ontario is the place the world turns to for innovations in mining.”
“NORCAT is committed to working with our partners and clients to drive a culture of productivity, innovation and life-long learning. Since its launch in 2015, our Underground Centre has exceeded expectations with the number of clients utilizing the facility, and Ontario’s investment in our expansion project will help more companies develop and demonstrate their innovative technologies.”