POLITICS

Ontario invests $900K in mining research; premier says it will create jobs

09/26/2014 10:31 EDT | Updated 11/26/2014 05:59 EST
SUDBURY, Ont. - The Ontario government is putting almost $900,000 toward mining research that it says will create jobs and help keep miners safe.

Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement in Sudbury, saying the investment from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation will help mining companies save on operating costs and make it faster, cheaper and safer to develop mineral deposits.

The Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation, which is getting about $784,000, is creating a mobile canopy system to help mining companies develop tunnels faster, but also keep workers and equipment safe.

Wynne says the work will make more deep mineral deposits profitable to develop and therefore will bring more investment to the industry.

The Canadian Mining Industry Research Organization, which is getting $100,000, is testing filters to protect miners from pollutants from underground diesel equipment.

Wynne says protecting miners from harmful pollutants is critical, but it's also expensive, so this investment is about both the health of miners and the potential to lower operating costs.