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NEW JOBS: Ontario using Heritage Fund to boost mining employment

ONTARIO – The Government of Ontario is hoping to create 20 new full-time jobs in the mining supply and services sector. Through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp., the government will invest in 12 mining equipment and services companies in the northern part of the province.

Here is a list of companies that will receive funding under the program:

  • NorArc Steel: $187,833 to design and build a mobile aggregate mixer;
  • Timberock International: $250,000 to design a narrow vein bolter;
  • Drillco: $105,940 to design, engineer, build and test a prototype large diameter hole back reaming tool;
  • Paige Engineering: $25,000 to build a compact hose feeder to be used in loading blast holes;
  • Di-corp: $60,265 to research and develop a patented process for drill strings operating in high pressure conditions;
  • High Grade Controls: $250,000 to improve its Vigilante air quality system;
  • Aeonyx Research: $45,725 to develop the next generation of its time-domain electromagnetic system;
  • Rock-Tech: $250,000 to design a single-boom shaft jumbo on a modular frame with a proximity detection system for safety;
  • MineIQ: $41,000 to develop software to unify the mobile display of data from numerous independent systems;
  • Key Logic: $44,040 to develop rugged headsets and introduce its new KLVision that creates 3D maps of mines;
  • National Mining Safety Training Centre: $92,400 to develop a helmet with a powered air purifying respirator and built-in communications system; and
  • BioNorth Solutions: $48,264.82 to mass produce environmentally friendly kits containing bacteria that will neutralize and remove oil-based contaminants.

The province of Ontario says it  has invested more than $654 million through the Heritage Fund since 2013. That investment leveraged more than $2.3 billion in direct economic activity and created or sustained over 15,200 jobs in Northern Ontario.

Click here to read about other Northern Ontario Heritage Fund programs and apply.

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