miners at Impala Canada

New studies find that creating a favourable investment climate for mining contributes to significant GDP gains, as opportunities for industry growth have never been greater

On Friday, March 18, 2022, the Ontario Mining Association (OMA) released two reports: The State of the Ontario Mining Sector – Economic Report and Critical Minerals Analysis on the OMA website, which were produced in partnership with the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry (MNDMNRF). Read the press release. To further drive home the regional economic importance of mining and the contributions of our members, we also prepared the following news releases specific to: Sudbury | Northeastern Ontario | Northwestern Ontario 

“We are grateful to OMA members, who were extraordinarily generous with their time and data, without which these comprehensive reports would not be possible,” said Chris Hodgson, OMA President. “The information we were able to gather is truly representative of the sector, and enables us to conduct credible, evidence-based advocacy – demonstrating the current value of Ontario mining, as well as benchmarking opportunities to futureproof the sector, solidify our competitive advantages, and enhance the security and resilience of local supply chains. We are also grateful to our partners at the MNDMNRF for their support.”


Premier Ford

The release of the OMA reports coincided with the Ontario government’s announcement of its first-ever Critical Minerals Strategy. Premier Ford made the announcement at Impala Canada's Lac-des-Iles Mine with Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry, Greg Rickford, and Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Vic Fedeli (click on the names to view their tweets). Read the press release.

The OMA had been actively engaged in dialogue with the the government's Critical Minerals Strategy Unit (a specially created department within MNDM) throughout the development process, providing a written submission on the proposed Ontario Critical Mineral Framework. We appreciated the collaborative approach, and are pleased to see that our input is reflected in the six priorities:

  • Enhancing data collection and supporting critical minerals exploration
  • Growing domestic processing capacity and building stronger local supply chains
  • Improving the regulatory framework to make the mining industry more globally competitive 
  • Investing in innovation, research, and development
  • Building economic development opportunities with Indigenous partners
  • Growing the skilled labour force 

We trust that the economic studies produced by the OMA will contribute to creating a favourable investment climate, enabling Ontario mining to continue contributing to the economic wellbeing of our province, while supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy at home and abroad. In the words of Minister Rickford, “For decades, Ontario has been a global leader for mining. As the world shifts to a greener, tech-driven economy, demand for made-in-Ontario minerals will grow exponentially. Ontario’s mining sector will continue to leverage our tremendous mineral wealth, mining expertise, environmental standards and robust Indigenous consultation practices to build more mines and create great jobs across the province.”

This sense of opportunity was palpable when, on March 10, 2022, Peter Bethlenfalvy, Ontario’s Minister of Finance, joined members of the TMX capital markets community to open the market and lead a discussion on Ontario’s plan for economic recovery, including supporting the province’s critical minerals and advanced manufacturing sectors. TMX Group brought together the Ontario government, listed issuers, and industry associations, including the Ontario Mining Association, for a wide-ranging discussion on how investment in electric vehicles, battery technology, and clean steel can help power the province’s economic recovery.

We applaud the provincial government’s efforts to drive investment, talent and competitiveness in the Ontario mining industry. "It starts with us, the responsible producers, and it starts in our backyard here in Ontario," said Chris Hodgson. "We look forward to working collaboratively to continue contributing meaningful solutions, while capitalizing on rising global demand driven by the need to decarbonize our economy."