OMA members are encouraged to participate in the work of committees, which focus on issues of particular relevance to our industry. The practical work carried out by the expert committees is instrumental in accomplishing the association's goals and to ensuring that our strategy matches members' needs. Active involvement in committees also fosters collegiality and generates relationships that are ongoing sources of professional support, meaningful exchange, inspiration and ideas.

Currently active committees include:

 Communications and Outreach
 

To provide strategic advice and counsel to the OMA Board of Directors, staff and industry members (as required) on reputational and public relations programs, issues and initiatives aimed at enhancing the image of mining and member companies in Ontario.

OMA Strategic Plan Goal - To improve the reputation and public image of mining in Ontario amongst key audiences including: media, indigenous communities, millennials, government, educational institutions, ENGOs and the general public.

 

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 Energy Management Technical Working Group
 

Sharing information and best management practices that are technical in nature amongst Energy Managers at OMA member companies. The group will not be responsible for policy development or advocacy; its focus will be on the technical roles and responsibilities of Energy Managers, including planning, regulating and monitoring energy usage within their operation, with the aim of increasing energy efficiency.

OMA Strategic Plan Goal – to enable information sharing among member companies’ Energy Managers, so they can develop and implement effective energy management programs and achieve operational excellence.

 

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 Environment
 

To support Ontario Mining Association members in fulfilling their commitment to continually improve environmental performance, while working to ensure that Ontario regulations and policies affecting mining are equitable and science-based.

OMA Strategic Plan Goal- To assist Ontario Mining Association members to continually improve their environmental performance through innovation and collaborative action; to understand and comply with legal requirements; to approach regulators with proposals for improved efficiencies in approval processes; to prevent pollution; and to practice environmental stewardship.

 

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 Hoist Plant

To provide advice to the OMA Board of Directors and industry employers on safety and productivity issues related to the design, operation and maintenance of the hoist plant, and to develop and recommend legislative amendments related to the safe operation of a hoist plant for consideration by the Mining Legislative Review Committee (MLRC) and the MLRC standing committee on hoisting.

OMA Strategic Plan Goal - To collectively pursue zero harm in all of our business endeavours, to strengthen the Internal Responsibility System and to achieve reasonable, science-based legislation and regulation which enhances employee safety and supports production.

 

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 Indigenous Relations

To provide advice and recommendations to the OMA Board of Directors and industry employer representatives on issues of Indigenous engagement and relationship building.

OMA Strategic Plan Goal - To promote good relationships and understanding among mining companies and Ontario’s First Nations and Métis communities.

 

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 Innovation and Clean Technology

To advance innovation in Ontario mining operations, enhancing their competitiveness by leveraging new and emerging technologies, while meeting Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) objectives.

OMA Strategic Goal – To identify and leverage opportunities to implement innovation and clean technology at mine operations, ensuring that the Ontario mining sector remains competitive and a leader in favourable ESG practices.

 

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 Mine Managers

To support the OMA Board in setting the priorities of the Association from the perspective of mine general managers and operational requirements.

OMA Strategic Plan Goal - To collectively pursue zero harm in all of our business endeavours, strengthen the Internal Responsibility System and to achieve reasonable, science-based legislation and regulation which enhances employee safety and supports production.

 

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 Mining Rules

To provide advice to the employer members of the Mining Legislative Review Committee (MLRC) on changes to the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations for Mines and Mining Plants.

OMA Strategic Plan Goal - To collectively pursue zero harm in all of our business endeavours, to strengthen the Internal Responsibility System and to achieve reasonable, science-based legislation and regulation which enhances employee safety and supports production.

 

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 Safety and Training

To provide advice and recommendations to the OMA Board of Directors and industry employers on issues of importance related to health, safety and employee training.

OMA Strategic Plan Goal - To collectively pursue zero harm in all of our business endeavours, to strengthen the Internal Responsibility System and to achieve reasonable, science-based legislation and regulation which enhances employee safety and supports production.

 

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 Workers' Compensation and Occupational Health

To provide advice and recommendations to the OMA Board of Directors and industry employer representatives on issues of workers’ compensation and occupational exposure and disease.

OMA Strategic Plan Goal
- To collectively pursue zero harm in all of our business endeavours, to strengthen the Internal Responsibility System and to achieve reasonable, science-based legislation and regulation which enhances employee safety and supports production.

 

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OMA committee members make active use of SharePoint, a collaborative online space that enables them to manage their individual member profiles, access directories, share information, keep track of events and monitor OMA activities. Members are encouraged to login often, in order to make the most of their membership.