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As the regional ministry for Northern Ontario and the ministry responsible for the provincial mineral and forest industry sectors, the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry strives to make Northern Ontario, the provincial mineral sector and the forestry sector strong, healthy and prosperous.

The Ministry leads and coordinates government programs aimed at growing the Northern Ontario economy, building strong northern communities, creating job opportunities and developing the North's transportation and telecommunication infrastructure. Through a network of offices and strategic program and policy development, the Ministry ensures northerners have access to government economic development programs and services and a voice in government decisions affecting the North.

As the sectoral ministry for the provincial minerals sector, the Ministry supports a strong, sustainable mineral industry by promoting investment and exploration, by providing information to global clients on Ontario’s wealth of mineral resources and through the fair, effective and efficient administration of Ontario’s Mining Act. The Ministry delivers geoscience information for all regions of the province in support of a range of provincial development, planning, environmental, energy, and climate change policy priorities. The Ministry also fosters collaboration and consultation with Aboriginal communities, administers Ontario’s diamond royalty and ensures safe, environmentally sound mineral development and rehabilitation of mining lands.

As the sectoral ministry for the provincial forestry sector, the Ministry provides leadership on revitalization and transformation initiatives and acts as an advocate for business and economic functions within the forest industry. This leadership includes responsibilities for industrial strategies, competitiveness measures and international trade affecting Ontario's forest products industry.

MINISTRY PROGRAM SUMMARY
($)
VOTE PROGRAM

Estimates
2010-11

Estimates
2009-10

Difference
Between
2010-11
and
2009-10

Actual
2008-09

  OPERATING EXPENSE        
2201   Ministry Administration Program 11,192,400 10,325,100 867,300 10,311,316
2202   Northern Development Program 206,101,800 74,969,200 131,132,600 73,845,153
2203   Mines and Minerals Program 48,634,400 45,456,100 3,178,300 34,326,493
2204   Forestry Program 161,196,600 170,100,000 (8,903,400) 128,911,223
  TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 427,125,200 300,850,400 126,274,800 247,394,185
Statutory Appropriations 20,567,014 5,067,014 15,500,000 31,163,784
  Ministry Total Operating Expense 447,692,214 305,917,414 141,774,800 278,557,969
   Net Consolidation Adjustment - Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation 5,353,800 (451,000) 5,804,800 (28,258,000)
   Net Consolidation Adjustment - Ontario Northland Transportation Commission 121,134,100 136,200,000 (15,065,900) 123,294,000
  Total Including Consolidation & Other Adjustments 574,180,114 441,666,414 132,513,700 373,593,969
           
  OPERATING ASSETS        
2201   Ministry Administration Program 1,000 1,000 - -
2202   Northern Development Program 25,401,000 1,000 25,400,000 -
2203   Mines and Minerals Program 1,000 1,000 - -
2204   Forestry Program 1,000 - 1,000 -
  TOTAL OPERATING ASSETS TO BE VOTED 25,404,000 3,000 25,401,000 -
  Ministry Total Operating Assets 25,404,000 3,000 25,401,000 -
           
  CAPITAL EXPENSE        
2201   Ministry Administration Program 1,000 1,000 - -
2202   Northern Development Program 98,307,000 92,298,000 6,009,000 78,133,495
2203   Mines and Minerals Program 6,001,000 6,001,000 - 10,856,770
2204   Forestry Program 156,000 - 156,000 -
  TOTAL CAPITAL EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 104,465,000 98,300,000 6,165,000 88,990,265
Statutory Appropriations 184,111,200 175,847,100 8,264,100 160,100,000
  Ministry Total Capital Expense 288,576,200 274,147,100 14,429,100 249,090,265
   Net Consolidation Adjustment - Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation 1,734,000 - 1,734,000 31,272,000
   Net Consolidation Adjustment - Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (7,180,000) (26,100,000) 18,920,000 (9,197,600)
  Total Including Consolidation & Other Adjustments 283,130,200 248,047,100 35,083,100 271,164,665
           
  CAPITAL ASSETS        
2201   Ministry Administration Program 1,000 1,000 - -
2202   Northern Development Program 810,173,800 648,370,000 161,803,800 510,384,872
2203   Mines and Minerals Program 28,000 1,000 27,000 -
2204   Forestry Program 169,000 - 169,000 -
  TOTAL CAPITAL ASSETS TO BE VOTED 810,371,800 648,372,000 161,999,800 510,384,872
  Ministry Total Capital Assets 810,371,800 648,372,000 161,999,800 510,384,872
           
  Ministry Total Operating and Capital Including Consolidation and Other Adjustments (not including Assets) 857,310,314 689,713,514 167,596,800 644,758,634

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