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Mining in Northwestern Ontario

The Mineral Sector in Northwestern Ontario; An Economic Driver

Northwestern Ontario Mines produced $1.81 Billion of metallic minerals in 2013; that number is expected to grow annually over the next decade.

Current production from existing mines is one million ounces of gold annually. Twenty-five million ounces of new gold resources have been discovered in Northwestern Ontario.

Mining in Northwestern Ontario Brochure Adobe PDF, 6 pages, 3.71 MB

Mines and Major Mineral Exploration - Projects in Northwestern Ontario - Map  Adobe PDF, 1 page, 229 KB

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Learn more about Mining in Northwestern Ontario


The City of Thunder Bay, together with Fort William First Nation (FWFN) and the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) has initiated a Mining Readiness Strategy to address and strategically plan for growth in Thunder Bay and the Northwestern Ontario Region. The Strategy is a major step forward to help guide all of Northwestern Ontario in capitalizing on the many opportunities that mining development is expected to bring to the Region. Visit the Thunder Bay Mining Readiness Strategy website for more information.


The directory provides access to information on a variety of companies based in the Thunder Bay census metropolitan area (CMA) that supplies goods and services to the sector. The directory provides comprehensive contact information for the companies, interactive maps and is web linked (where available) to corporate websites.

Visit the Thunder Bay – Mining Sector – Goods & Services Directory.

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Mines and mineral exploration resources

Mining in Northwestern Ontario: Opportunities and Challenges

This comprehensive study of nine mining projects that are currently underway in Northwestern Ontario predicts these mines will yield $136 billion in mined product and provide 13,149 jobs to Northwestern Ontarians. The study was commissioned by Ambassadors Northwest and conducted by a group comprised of University and College professors led by Bahram Dadgostar, Ph.D.

The report aimes to provide Government, Aboriginal peoples, industry stakeholders and community leaders with an estimate of the potential economic, employment and revenue benefits, along with challenges related to relationship and partnership building, labour market dynamics and rail, road and electrical infrastructure.

Mines & Mineral Exploration, Ontario - 2016
Ring of Fire Exploration


Visit the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines website for the Ontario Mining & Exploration Directory 2016


Thunder Bay is situated on the Trans-Canada Highway, and the Ontario/Minnesota border crossing is less than one hour south of the city. The city has ready access to Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway rail lines. Thunder Bay is a one- or two-hour flight from major centres in Canada and the United States. The Port of Thunder Bay on Lake Superior is at the head of an important transportation link through the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway to destinations within Canada, the United States and internationally. MORE


Federal, Provincial and Municipal government encourages exploration and development of our natural minerals, which capitalizes on growth opportunities for investors and sustains our mineral industry. MORE

INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONs and other useful links

A resource to help you learn more about Mines & Minerals. MORE

Mining Contact Information

John Mason    
Project Manager, Mining Services
Tel: (807) 625-2480
Fax: (807) 623-3962
Sector/Area of Expertise: Mining