The province is investing nearly $8 million in its Mine Rescue Program.

Part of this year’s budget, the increased funding will strengthen rescue capacity at mine sites and address gaps in the current rescue program for surface mines. 

“Mining has been the backbone of Northern Ontario’s economy for generations and we owe it to workers to make sure they come home safely to their families every night,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development,. “As more mining sites come into operation, this funding will ensure we can provide the resources and training needed so more brave women and men can re-enter mines in emergencies and save lives.”

Headquartered in Sudbury, the Ontario Mine Rescue Program supports eight rescue stations across the province and ensures they have appropriate emergency response capabilities. The program also delivers training to volunteer first responders, certifies rescue equipment and provides advice during mine emergencies. 

According to the province, the funding will allow the Mine Rescue Program to increase training hours for volunteers and develop specialized programs to better support rescue capacity for all surface mines and mining plants, including at newly expanded and newly opened sites.