Ontario passes legislation to modernize resource management

Staff
Friday May 26, 2017
Written by Staff
Ontario passed legislation on May 9 that will modernize the province's resource extraction rules to increase environmental protections, boost competitiveness and create jobs and economic growth in the aggregates and mining sectors.

The Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act will:
  • Balance fairness for companies and local communities by updating processes for fee and royalty increases on aggregates and expanding public participation in the extraction application process
  • Enhance environmental protections through clearer regulations and better oversight for aggregate companies
  • Increase competitiveness in mining with online claims registration and an electronic mining lands administration system
  • Minimize disruption from prospecting and mining activities on land and nearby communities.
These legislative changes will boost economic growth and create jobs across the province by allowing aggregate companies and communities to continue building roads, hospitals, schools and other vital infrastructure projects, and by making it easier to prospect, register claims and conduct exploratory mining in Ontario.

Strengthening and modernizing the management of Ontario's natural resources is part of our plan to create jobs, grow the economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts
  • The Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act will make amendments to modernize both the Aggregate Resources Act and the Mining Act.
  • In the coming months, Ontario will consult on new regulations that will balance economic growth and job creation with the protection of vital resources like farmland and groundwater.
  • Aggregate resources include sand, gravel, clay, earth and rock extracted from pits and quarries.
  • Ontario’s population is expected to grow by 4.2 million people by 2041. The infrastructure needed for this growth requires aggregate resources.
  • The majority of Ontario’s aggregate is used for public works projects such as roads, schools and hospitals.
  • In 2016, Ontario’s mining sector supported 26,000 direct jobs, 50,000 additional jobs in processing and manufacturing, and produced $10.6 billion in minerals.
  • The amendments to the Mining Act support Ontario’s Mineral Development Strategy.
Source: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

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