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As the regional ministry for Northern Ontario and the ministry responsible for the provincial minerals sector, the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines strives to make Northern Ontario and the provincial minerals sector strong, healthy and prosperous.

The Ministry leads and coordinates government programs aimed at growing the Northern Ontario economy, building strong northern communities, promoting trade and investment, creating job opportunities and developing the North's transportation and telecommunication infrastructure. Through the Ministry's network of offices and strategic program and policy development, the Ministry ensures northern partners including municipalities, Aboriginal communities, northern organizations, industry and the northern public 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 helps build 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.

MINISTRY PROGRAM SUMMARY
($)
VOTE PROGRAM

Estimates
2012-13

Estimates
2011-12

Difference
Between
2012-13
and
2011-12

Actual
2010-11

  OPERATING EXPENSE        
2201   Ministry Administration Program 12,308,900 11,884,600 424,300 12,119,430
2202   Northern Development Program 239,336,200 239,116,400 219,800 205,369,064
2203   Mines and Minerals Program 54,569,700 60,134,300 (5,564,600) 49,664,778
  TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 306,214,800 311,135,300 (4,920,500) 267,153,272
Statutory Appropriations 3,067,014 3,067,014 - 22,739,454
  Ministry Total Operating Expense 309,281,814 314,202,314 (4,920,500) 289,892,726
   Net Consolidation Adjustment - Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation 4,819,700 2,951,100 1,868,600 (16,668,000)
   Net Consolidation Adjustment - Ontario Northland Transportation Commission 121,954,400 112,558,200 9,396,200 113,585,100
  Total Including Consolidation & Other Adjustments 436,055,914 429,711,614 6,344,300 386,809,826
           
  OPERATING ASSETS        
2201   Ministry Administration Program 1,000 1,000 - -
2202   Northern Development Program 2,599,300 401,000 2,198,300 34,029,783
2203   Mines and Minerals Program 1,000 1,000 - -
  TOTAL OPERATING ASSETS TO BE VOTED 2,601,300 403,000 2,198,300 34,029,783
  Ministry Total Operating Assets 2,601,300 403,000 2,198,300 34,029,783
           
  CAPITAL EXPENSE        
2201   Ministry Administration Program 1,000 1,000 - -
2202   Northern Development Program 135,674,000 127,358,300 8,315,700 102,836,858
2203   Mines and Minerals Program 5,001,000 5,001,000 - 15,776,471
  TOTAL CAPITAL EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 140,676,000 132,360,300 8,315,700 118,613,329
Statutory Appropriations 212,755,400 193,628,300 19,127,100 182,143,387
  Ministry Total Capital Expense 353,431,400 325,988,600 27,442,800 300,756,716
   Net Consolidation Adjustment - Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (1,740,600) (5,248,000) 3,507,400 25,737,000
   Net Consolidation Adjustment - Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (16,494,200) (7,096,800) (9,397,400) (7,204,406)
  Total Including Consolidation & Other Adjustments 335,196,600 313,643,800 21,552,800 319,289,310
           
  CAPITAL ASSETS        
2201   Ministry Administration Program 1,000 45,000 (44,000) -
2202   Northern Development Program 550,925,800 663,936,300 (113,010,500) 734,327,557
2203   Mines and Minerals Program 126,000 224,000 (98,000) 23,901
  TOTAL CAPITAL ASSETS TO BE VOTED 551,052,800 664,205,300 (113,152,500) 734,351,458
  Ministry Total Capital Assets 551,052,800 664,205,300 (113,152,500) 734,351,458
           
  Ministry Total Operating and Capital Including Consolidation and Other Adjustments (not including Assets) 771,252,514 743,355,414 27,897,100 706,099,136
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