Bridging the gap : Government-Industry initiative to improve the permitting review process

CIM Vancouver 2016
Ms Marie-Helene Turgeon (Detour Gold Corporation)
Mining companies typically focus on engaging with and educating local communities regarding mining activities, but often overlook the opportunity to include the regulatory community in this activity. In the Fraser Institute 2015 Annual Survey, Ontario was recently reported as one of the lowest ranking jurisdiction for efficiency, transparency and certainty in permitting. Multiple factors influence this situation and amongst them is the awareness of issues specific to mining compared to other industries. In conversation between industry and regulators, an opportunity to expand knowledge to better inform the permitting process was identified. To that effect, The Ontario Mining Association (OMA) Environment Committee in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change launched the “Mining 101” workshop initiative. The response was positive and the workshops were taken on the road to the regional offices. Material was also developed for the “Mining 201” subject specific workshops such as management of tailings. Ongoing engagement between industry and regulators is important to the success of mining projects and an opportunity to increase awareness on objectives, obligations and challenges of both parties
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