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ining has been a fundamental province and is one of the longest serving part of Ontario’s economic trade organisations in Canada. While a great fabric for centuries and is now deal has changed in the 90 plus years since seen as an integral component its founding, the fundamental mission of the of its future. Ontario’s native OMA remains the same and that is to improve population is widely credited with being the the competitiveness of the industry while first to tap into the province’s mineral wealth, consistently promoting safety and sustainability. while major discoveries and mine development By maintaining its core commitment to in the 20th century helped to underpin these ideals the OMA has helped create a Ontario’s rise to the status of Canada’s mining jurisdiction revered for being one of most populous and wealthiest province, the safest in the world. Indeed, over past 30 and supported Canada’s development as an years the sector’s lost time injury frequency industrialised and globally has improved by 90 percent competitive nation. and it is now at a level of 0.5 Today, mining in Ontario is per 200,000 employee hours. The OMA puts its success a multi-million dollar industry with a total of 38 mine sites in advocating for industry operating throughout the advancement down to province, which collectively its ability to harness the are bringing to the surface a collective strength its highly range of metals and minerals engaged members. It is proud Average revenue including nickel, gold, copper, to serve as a focal point for produced from mining in Ontario per year zinc, platinum, salt, calcium discussions on the issues and opportunities facing the carbonate, gypsum, talc, and mining community and to since 2008 diamonds. A key contributor to Ontario’s economy as well offer its members a unified voice on matters as being an engine for regional development, of public policy and opinion. mining in the province produces revenues A goal of the association is to overcome the of around $10 billion per year on average. challenges that impede the competiveness Furthermore, given that 90 percent of the inputs of responsible operations and to foster an to production are Canadian and 75 percent of environment that bolsters mining’s potential to mineral output is exported to markets in the be the cornerstone of Ontario’s new, innovationUnited States, Europe and Asia, the industry also oriented green economy. With this goal in contributes immensely to improving Ontario’s mind, the OMA offers its members support international balance of trade. in a number of areas such as navigating the Established in 1920, the Ontario Mining provincial policy network, gaining valuable Association (OMA) is the body tasked with insights and building important relationships representing the mining industry of the by joining OMA committees and developing

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