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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 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, mineral, groundwater and energy resource endowment helps to support land-use planning initiatives and 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 ensuring equitable public access to Crown mineral rights, fair and efficient management of Ontario's mining lands, and 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 industry.

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. A dedicated Secretariat works with all parties involved, consulting with Northerners, Aboriginal people, and the mining community to encourage responsible, sustainable development.

VOTE SUMMARY
($)
ITEM # ITEM

Estimates
2012-13

Estimates
2011-12

Difference
Between
2012-13
and
2011-12

Actual
2010-11

  OPERATING EXPENSE        
1 Mineral Sector Competitiveness 54,569,700 60,134,300 (5,564,600) 49,664,778
  TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 54,569,700 60,134,300 (5,564,600) 49,664,778
Statutory Bad Debt Expense, the Financial Administration Act 401,000 401,000 - 1,313,874
  Total Statutory Appropriations 401,000 401,000 - 1,313,874
  Total Operating Expense 54,970,700 60,535,300 (5,564,600) 50,978,652
  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 5,001,000 - 15,776,471
  TOTAL CAPITAL EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 5,001,000 5,001,000 - 15,776,471
Statutory Amortization, the Financial Administration Act 101,900 84,000 17,900 48,796
  Total Statutory Appropriations 101,900 84,000 17,900 48,796
  Total Capital Expense 5,102,900 5,085,000 17,900 15,825,267
  CAPITAL ASSETS        
4 Mines and Minerals Capital Assets 126,000 224,000 (98,000) 23,901
  TOTAL CAPITAL ASSETS TO BE VOTED 126,000 224,000 (98,000) 23,901
  Total Capital Assets 126,000 224,000 (98,000) 23,901


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     20,767,300
  Employee benefits     2,925,800
  Transportation and communication     2,301,500
  Services     14,320,300
  Supplies and equipment     2,577,200
  Transfer payments      
     Mapping Ontario's Geological Opportunities   100,000  
     Reporting Ontario's Mining Activities   85,000  
     Focussed Flow-through Share Tax Credit*   11,492,600 11,677,600
  Total Operating Expense to be Voted     54,569,700
  Statutory Appropriations      
  Other transactions      
Statutory    Bad Debt Expense, the Financial Administration Act     401,000
  Total Operating Expense for Mines and Minerals Program     54,970,700
  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     101,900
  Total Capital Expense for Mines and Minerals Program     5,102,900
  CAPITAL ASSETS      
2203-4 Mines and Minerals Capital Assets      
  Land and marine fleet     126,000
  Total Capital Assets to be Voted     126,000
  Total Capital Assets for Mines and Minerals Program     126,000

* Subject to the enactment of the Schedule 66 of the proposed Strong Action for Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2012.