Ontario Investing in Modern Mining and Critical Mineral Experiences Across Northern Ontario
SUDBURY – The Ontario government is providing $1.5 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to support Science North in engaging audiences in new and memorable experiences highlighting Ontario’s innovative and modern mining sector. This investment will build a stronger Ontario by helping to create jobs, expand business operations, improve quality of life and grow the tourism industry in the region.
“For decades, Science North has offered inspirational, educational and entertaining science experiences in the Sudbury region and beyond,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry. “Our government is proud to support this new project that will highlight Ontario’s position as a global leader in the mining industry, complement Ontario’s first-ever Critical Minerals Strategy and grow tomorrow’s generation of workers in this exciting sector, all while expanding Sciene North’s offerings to visitors from across the province and around the country.”
Go Deeper: New Experiences to Engage Northern Ontarians in Modern Mining and Critical Minerals will showcase the exciting modern world of mining – the equipment, technology, innovation and new opportunities in this rapidly changing and dynamic industry. The project will engage audiences in rural, underserved and remote communities across Northern Ontario and Canada through a digital game about modern mining and critical minerals, as well as hands-on activities for students and teachers. An expanded and renewed Dynamic Earth building in Sudbury will bring new underground experiences, programming spaces, immersive multimedia shows and a signature film to audiences visiting the centre.
“We are proud of the strong collaborations between industry, tourism and Indigenous partners that will support the success of the Go Deeper project,” said Jennifer Booth, Interim CEO, Science North. “In the wake of COVID-19, new and renewed experiences at attractions across Northern Ontario and at Dynamic Earth are even more important to attract resident and tourist audiences and increase economic activity in the region. The new and memorable modern mining and critical mineral experiences will engage diverse audiences across Northern Ontario and Canada, especially underrepresented groups in STEM. We are excited for this project to generate pride, interest and involvement in mining-related education and careers.”
The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects – big and small, rural and urban – that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $473 million in 4,244 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.5 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 6,600 jobs.
- In 2021, the Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the North.
- The Ontario government also provided $1.4 million to help Science North launch The Great Northern Ontario Roadshow, a promotional tour that traveled to more than 50 communities to highlight some of the tremendous tourist attractions and natural wonders located throughout the North.
- Science North is Canada’s second largest science centre and the largest tourism-based attraction in Northern Ontario. An agency of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, it has a mandate to deliver a program of science and learning throughout Northern Ontario.