Conservation planning

WCS Canada comments on Ontario Mining Act April 2023

O'Connor, C., Ray, J. & Chetkiewicz, C.


Abstract

Our overarching concern regarding these proposed changes to the Mining Act is that they weaken requirements for mining companies and reduce oversight, which effectively transfers the burden of the financial, environmental, and social risks of mining activities to local communities and the public at large. We contend that these changes will lead to erosion of public confidence in the mining process and increase public resistance to mining based on the 2 burden of risks. Consequently, these changes will ultimately fail in their stated purpose to build mines more efficiently and in a timely manner. We recommend, therefore, that all four proposed set of changes be withdrawn and reconsidered.

Recommended citation

O'Connor, C., Ray, J. & Chetkiewicz, C. (2023). WCS Canada comments on Ontario Mining Act April 2023. WCS Canada. https://ero.ontario.ca/comment/83898

Justina Ray

Justina Ray

President & Senior Scientist

Cheryl Chetkiewicz

Cheryl Chetkiewicz

Director, Indigenous Communities and Conservation

Constance O'Connor

Constance O'Connor

Director, Ontario Northern Boreal Program

WCS Canada comments on Canada's Critical Minerals Strategy, to Natural Resources Canada

WCS Canada comments on Canada's Critical Minerals Strategy, to Natural Resources Canada

Perpetuating current approaches and proceeding with an “extraction first” mentality is going to have massive climate consequences.
Justina Ray