Ministry of Northern Development and Mines - THE ESTIMATES, 2006-07

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MINES AND MINERALS PROGRAM - VOTE 2203

This program helps build a strong, sustainable provincial minerals sector contributing to the prosperity of all of Ontario. Province-wide geological mapping, online 24-7 access to geoscience information, international marketing, and expert geological advisory services in field offices across the province create a competitive advantage for Ontario - helping a global exploration industry assess Ontario's mineral potential and attracting investment, exploration and mineral development to Ontario. This program's geoscience expertise also supports other government priorities, such as groundwater mapping as part of drinking water protection efforts and identifying new industrial and energy development opportunities.

This program area also administers the Ontario Mining Act to ensure sustainable and responsible development of Ontario's mineral resources. This involves equitable public access to Crown mineral rights, fair and efficient management of Ontario's mining lands, and ensuring safe, environmentally sound mineral development and rehabilitation of mining lands.

VOTE SUMMARY
($)
ITEM # ITEM

Estimates
2006-07

Estimates
2005-06

Difference
Between
2006-07
and
2005-06

Actual
2004-05

  OPERATING EXPENSE        
1 Mineral Sector Competitiveness 28,116,500 23,053,300 5,063,200 25,543,435
  TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 28,116,500 23,053,300 5,063,200 25,543,435
Statutory Bad Debt Expense, the Financial Administration Act 1,000 1,000 - -
  Total Statutory Appropriations 1,000 1,000 - -
  Total Operating Expense 28,117,500 23,054,300 5,063,200 25,543,435
  OPERATING ASSETS        
3 Mines and Minerals Operating Assets 1,000 1,000 - -
  TOTAL OPERATING ASSETS TO BE VOTED 1,000 1,000 - -
  Total Operating Assets 1,000 1,000 - -
  CAPITAL EXPENSE        
2 Mineral Sector Competitiveness 11,000,000 11,690,000 (690,000) 9,964,598
  TOTAL CAPITAL EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 11,000,000 11,690,000 (690,000) 9,964,598
  Total Capital Expense 11,000,000 11,690,000 (690,000) 9,964,598



Standard Account by Item and Sub-items
($)
VOTE -ITEM
#
STANDARD ACCOUNT BY ITEM AND SUB-ITEMS      
  OPERATING EXPENSE      
2203-1 Mineral Sector Competitiveness      
  Salaries and wages     12,949,200
  Employee benefits     1,737,700
  Transportation and communication     1,205,600
  Services     10,112,500
  Supplies and equipment     1,811,500
  Transfer payments      
     Far-North Geological Mapping Initiative     300,000
  Total Operating Expense to be Voted     28,116,500
  Statutory Appropriations      
  Other transactions      
Statutory    Bad Debt Expense, the Financial Administration Act     1,000
  Total Operating Expense for Mines and Minerals Program     28,117,500
  OPERATING ASSETS      
2203-3 Mines and Minerals Operating Assets      
  Deposits and prepaid expenses     1,000
  Total Operating Assets to be Voted     1,000
  Total Operating Assets for Mines and Minerals Program     1,000
  CAPITAL EXPENSE      
2203-2 Mineral Sector Competitiveness      
  Transportation and communication     50,000
  Services      
     Other     9,875,000
  Supplies and equipment     1,075,000
  Total Capital Expense to be Voted     11,000,000
  Total Capital Expense for Mines and Minerals Program     11,000,000