Ontario Increases Funding to Protect Miners
Headquartered in Sudbury, the Ontario Mine Rescue Program supports eight rescue stations across the province and ensures they have appropriate emergency response capabilities. The program also delivers training to volunteer first responders, certifies rescue equipment and provides advice during mine emergencies. The additional funding will allow the Mine Rescue Program to increase training hours for volunteers and develop specialized programs to better support rescue capacity for all surface mines and mining plants, including at newly expanded and newly opened sites.
“Our mining industry operates according to the highest standards and is subject to the strictest rules and laws,” said Greg Rickford, minister of energy, northern development and mines. “By strengthening our mine rescue capacity, we are sending a strong signal to the world that Ontario is a safe and ideal jurisdiction for mining activity.” In addition, the Ministry of Labor, Training and Skills Development will continue to visit surface and underground mines to check for hazards that could lead to injuries and illness. This includes inspections to prevent the spread of COVID-19.