Northern community projects benefit from mining taxes

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The province announced that 12 projects will receive more than $1.5 million in provincial funding, through a program that takes tax dollars from mining operations in the province and puts some back into communities and projects in northern Manitoba.

On Monday, Natural Resources and Northern Development Minister Scott Fielding, and Manitoba Chamber of Commerce (MCC) president and CEO Chuck Davidson were in the city of Thompson, where they announced $1.6 million in funding for several projects that will come from the Manitoba Mineral Development Fund (MMDF).

The fund, which is managed by MCC, was established in 2019 with an initial investment of $20 million from the province, and the province said it is now used to fund “economic development and mining projects in northern Manitoba, and mineral development-related projects throughout the province.”

Each year, 6% of tax revenue collected from the Mining Tax Act in Manitoba is allocated to the fund, and the newly announced funding will now be used for projects in communities including Thompson, The Pas, the Sayisi Dene First Nation, and the Opaskwayak Cree Nation.

“Our government is committed to attracting new investment in Manitoba’s mining sector, and increasing Indigenous participation in mineral development activities,” Fielding said in the Monday media release.

“The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce has worked collaboratively with local communities and industry over the last three years to support vital initiatives that create employment, stimulate investment, and strengthen communities.”

According to Fielding, the province identifies mineral development as a “critical long-term priority for northern Manitoba, and a key part of the province’s overall economic development framework.”

[caption id="attachment_627205" align="alignnone" width="2560"] Natural Resources and Northern Development Minister Scott Fielding was in Thompson on Monday, where he announced funding of $1.6 million for several projects in northern Manitoba that will come from the province’s Manitoba Mineral Development Fund (MMDF).[/caption]

“We are looking forward to our continued partnership with the MCC to support responsible mineral exploration and mining activities that benefit our economy and local communities, while fostering partnerships with Indigenous communities in the spirit of reconciliation,” Fielding said.

Davidson, who is also the chair of the MMDF board of directors, said he believes that MMDF has been successful at meeting its goals and objectives since it was first created back in 2019.

“We are pleased with the success that MMDF has experienced since its inception in creating jobs and economic opportunities in northern Manitoba,” Davidson said.

— Dave Baxter is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Winnipeg Sun. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.

Dave Baxter, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Winnipeg Sun

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