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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 highway network 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 lead Ministry providing 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, the Ministry works with all parties involved, consulting with Aboriginal People, northerners and the mining community to encourage responsible, sustainable development.

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
2011-12

Estimates
2010-11

Difference
Between
2011-12
and
2010-11

Actual
2009-10

  OPERATING EXPENSE        
2201   Ministry Administration Program 12,214,000 11,192,400 1,021,600 10,033,358
2202   Northern Development Program 239,306,400 206,101,800 33,204,600 78,535,546
2203   Mines and Minerals Program 48,518,700 48,634,400 (115,700) 34,807,711
2204   Forestry Program 94,987,900 158,700,400 (63,712,500) 125,444,208
  TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 395,027,000 424,629,000 (29,602,000) 248,820,823
Statutory Appropriations 8,067,014 20,567,014 (12,500,000) 13,391,485
  Ministry Total Operating Expense 403,094,014 445,196,014 (42,102,000) 262,212,308
   Net Consolidation Adjustment - Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation 2,951,100 5,353,800 (2,402,700) (5,033,000)
   Net Consolidation Adjustment - Ontario Northland Transportation Commission 112,558,200 121,134,100 (8,575,900) 128,183,999
  Total Including Consolidation & Other Adjustments 518,603,314 571,683,914 (53,080,600) 385,363,307
           
  OPERATING ASSETS        
2201   Ministry Administration Program 1,000 1,000 - -
2202   Northern Development Program 401,000 25,401,000 (25,000,000) 6,197,948
2203   Mines and Minerals Program 1,000 1,000 - -
2204   Forestry Program 1,000 1,000 - -
  TOTAL OPERATING ASSETS TO BE VOTED 404,000 25,404,000 (25,000,000) 6,197,948
  Ministry Total Operating Assets 404,000 25,404,000 (25,000,000) 6,197,948
           
  CAPITAL EXPENSE        
2201   Ministry Administration Program 1,000 1,000 - -
2202   Northern Development Program 127,358,300 98,307,000 29,051,300 90,279,526
2203   Mines and Minerals Program 5,001,000 6,001,000 (1,000,000) 5,919,793
2204   Forestry Program 156,000 156,000 - 102,426
  TOTAL CAPITAL EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 132,516,300 104,465,000 28,051,300 96,301,745
Statutory Appropriations 193,671,000 184,111,200 9,559,800 175,845,100
  Ministry Total Capital Expense 326,187,300 288,576,200 37,611,100 272,146,845
   Net Consolidation Adjustment - Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (5,248,000) 1,734,000 (6,982,000) 5,240,000
   Net Consolidation Adjustment - Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (7,096,800) (7,180,000) 83,200 (9,928,268)
  Total Including Consolidation & Other Adjustments 313,842,500 283,130,200 30,712,300 267,458,577
           
  CAPITAL ASSETS        
2201   Ministry Administration Program 45,000 1,000 44,000 -
2202   Northern Development Program 663,936,300 810,173,800 (146,237,500) 612,895,086
2203   Mines and Minerals Program 224,000 28,000 196,000 341,570
2204   Forestry Program 130,000 169,000 (39,000) -
  TOTAL CAPITAL ASSETS TO BE VOTED 664,335,300 810,371,800 (146,036,500) 613,236,656
  Ministry Total Capital Assets 664,335,300 810,371,800 (146,036,500) 613,236,656
           
  Ministry Total Operating and Capital Including Consolidation and Other Adjustments (not including Assets) 832,445,814 854,814,114 (22,368,300) 652,821,884

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