Canada's federal government urges collaboration in Ring of Fire

Canada's federal government told mining professionals Monday it is vital to assume a collaborative approach to the development of the Ring of Fire in Ontario.

As the minister for FedNor — the regional development organization for northern Ontario — Tony Clement was speaking to representatives at the annual convention of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum.

He said the government would work closely with First Nation communities to ensure they receive their share of the economic benefits. As well, he said the government would  implement efficient governance, environmental protection and consultation with First Nations.

The Ring of Fire, located approximately 500 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, is potentially the largest mining development in northern Ontario.

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North America's single largest deposit of chromite, used in stainless steel, is found there, along with major deposits of nickel and copper.

Mining the region could create 5,000 jobs in the area with the estimated minerals worth about $30 to $50 billion.

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