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November 17, 2014, No. 120


November 17, 2014, No. 120






Government of Canada releases CSR Strategy

The Honourable Ed Fast, Canada's Minister of International Trade, announced the Government of Canada’s enhanced corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy Doing Business the Canadian Way: A Strategy to Advance CSR in Canada`s Extractive Sector Abroad on November 14 at the Fraser River Discovery Centre in New Westminster, British Columbia. Based on extensive cross country consultations, the government’s CSR strategy aims to strengthen Canada’s international reputation. More information on the CSR strategy is available here.

The PDACparticipated in a number of CSRconsultation sessions and engaged regularly with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development throughout the review process. The PDAC’s written submission is available here.

Lands and Regulations

Ontario Proposes New Approach to Conversion of Legacy Claims

The Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) is proposing to move from a voluntary, client-driven approach to the conversion of legacy claims to a Ministry-driven process for the purpose of implementing an online map staking system in the province. The proposal can be accessed on Ontario’s Environmental and Regulatory Registries: and Submissions on the proposed approach to the conversion of legacy mining claims to cell-based claims can be made to MNDM until December 22, 2014.

For an update on Mining Act Modernization, click here. To learn more about the proposal, please contact Roy Denomme, Lead, Mining Act Modernization, MNDM, or Vida Ramin, PDAC’s Director of Technical and Regulatory Affairs.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Government of Canada tables Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act

On October 23, 2014 the Government of Canada tabled a new Act to establish mandatory reporting requirements for payments made to governments by Canadian extractive sector companies. Click here to read the Act and learn more about the PDAC’s work on this issue.

First Engagement: A Field Guide for Explorers

The PDAC has released the final draft of its new community engagement guide, designed specifically for junior exploration companies. While the guide is being formatted for easy online use, a PDF version of the final draft has been made available on the PDAC’s e3 Plus website.

CSR Event Series at the PDAC 2015 Convention

After receiving a record-breaking number of proposals for the CSR Event Series, the PDAC has selected the sessions for 2015. Click here to view the schedule as of November 12, 2014.

Human Resource Development

Canada Job Grant funds employee training

The Canada Job Grant helps employers train new or existing employees in every industry sector across the country. The grant provides up to $15,000 per person for training costs, including tuition and training materials. According to the federal government, in the next 10 yearsCanada is expected to require 300,000 new workers in the construction sector, 150,000 new workers in the petroleum sector, and 145,000 new workers in the mining sector. Click here for more information.

Students, save money at PDAC 2015 Convention

The PDAC has setup a Convention Travel Fund to help student groups cover the costs of getting to Toronto. Funding is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline to apply for funding is February 6, 2015. The Convention Travel Funding form is now available online.

Student Volunteers needed at PDAC 2015

Volunteering during the PDAC 2015 Convention is a great way to save money and meet industry professionals. In exchange for your time, you will receive a complimentary All Access Student Pass and a ticket to the Panel or Outlook Luncheon, plus volunteer apparel, a food voucher, a gift card and a volunteer certificate in exchange for volunteering. Sign up online. Student Program events at PDAC 2015 Convention are listed on the website.

Call for Applications: Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award

Applications are being accepted for the 2015 Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award.The $5,000 award is given to a graduate geology student enrolled in a Canadian university. The award is intended to encourage and support a graduate student in Canada whose thesis embodies the concept of increasing our knowledge of the geological history of Canada through mapping. To learn more about the award and download the application form, click here. The award can also be found on the GAC’s website.

November events at a glance

November 17-20: PDAC will attend Quebec Mines 2014. Visit us at Booth #119
November 18: PDACPresident Rodney Thomas will participate in Mining Day on the Hill in Ottawa
November 20: PDAC President Rodney Thomas will speak at the Manitoba Mining and Minerals Convention 2014

PDAC 2015 Convention

Apply today to exhibit in the Investors Exchange! Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis and spaces are limited.
Apply today for Presentation & Reception Rooms! Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis and spaces are limited.
Do you require dedicated meeting space at PDAC 2015? Click here to find out how sponsoring the Terrace Meeting Place can provide that opportunity.
Stand out from competitors at PDAC 2015. Click here for available sponsorship opportunities.

Industry News

OMA releases new report,the Economic Impact of New Gold Mine in Ontario
CAMESE study finds 'hidden' supply sector nearly doubles mining contributions to Ontario's economy.

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