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This program helps build a strong, sustainable provincial mineral 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 attract investment, exploration and mineral development to Ontario. This program's knowledge about Ontario's geological and mineral, groundwater, and energy resource endowment helps to support Far North and other land-use planning initiatives, other government priorities such as source water protection efforts, and identification of 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 through a modernized Mining Act and related regulations and policies.

This program administers the Ontario Diamond Royalty Regulation, values rough stones for export and works with industry partners to pursue value-added opportunities throughout the diamond pipeline.

The program area has responsibility for developing new, collaborative Aboriginal-mineral development engagement and consultation processes and working with communities to build relationships and foster sustainable socio-economic and mineral development.

This program provides support for policy and program development and implementation on a range of issues and opportunities with respect to development in the area known as the Ring of Fire. To encourage responsible, sustainable development, a dedicated Secretariat works with all parties involved including: Aboriginal people, northerners and the mining community.

VOTE SUMMARY
($)
ITEM # ITEM

Estimates
2011-12

Estimates
2010-11

Difference
Between
2011-12
and
2010-11

Actual
2009-10

  OPERATING EXPENSE        
1 Mineral Sector Competitiveness 48,518,700 48,634,400 (115,700) 34,807,711
  TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 48,518,700 48,634,400 (115,700) 34,807,711
Statutory Bad Debt Expense, the Financial Administration Act 401,000 1,000 400,000 389,533
  Total Statutory Appropriations 401,000 1,000 400,000 389,533
  Total Operating Expense 48,919,700 48,635,400 284,300 35,197,244
  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 5,001,000 6,001,000 (1,000,000) 5,919,793
  TOTAL CAPITAL EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 5,001,000 6,001,000 (1,000,000) 5,919,793
Statutory Amortization, the Financial Administration Act 84,000 50,600 33,400 -
  Total Statutory Appropriations 84,000 50,600 33,400 -
  Total Capital Expense 5,085,000 6,051,600 (966,600) 5,919,793
  CAPITAL ASSETS        
4 Mines and Minerals Capital Assets 224,000 28,000 196,000 341,570
  TOTAL CAPITAL ASSETS TO BE VOTED 224,000 28,000 196,000 341,570
  Total Capital Assets 224,000 28,000 196,000 341,570



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     19,756,200
  Employee benefits     2,790,500
  Transportation and communication     2,272,500
  Services     20,568,300
  Supplies and equipment     2,546,200
  Transfer payments      
     Mapping Ontario's Geological Opportunities   500,000  
     Reporting Ontario's Mining Activities   85,000 585,000
  Total Operating Expense to be Voted     48,518,700
  Statutory Appropriations      
  Other transactions      
Statutory    Bad Debt Expense, the Financial Administration Act     401,000
  Total Operating Expense for Mines and Minerals Program     48,919,700
  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     3,875,000
  Supplies and equipment     1,075,000
  Other transactions     1,000
  Total Capital Expense to be Voted     5,001,000
  Statutory Appropriations      
  Other transactions      
Statutory    Amortization, the Financial Administration Act     84,000
  Total Capital Expense for Mines and Minerals Program     5,085,000
  CAPITAL ASSETS      
2203-4 Mines and Minerals Capital Assets      
  Land and marine fleet     224,000
  Total Capital Assets to be Voted     224,000
  Total Capital Assets for Mines and Minerals Program     224,000