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15 OCTOBER 2021 WorldWide Drilling Resource ® Mineral Exploration Gets A Boost in Ontario Compiled the Editorial Staff of WorldWide Drilling Resource ® The Ontario government is taking proactive steps to increase mineral exploration by launching a new online tool, making it easier for compa- nies and prospectors to identify areas available for exploration and claim registration, while also investing in mineral exploration and mining research. These actions are part of the province’s plan to stimulate the sector and encourage investment to promote economic recovery. Ontario Geological Survey (OGS) Focus is the province’s innovative online geoscience tool, which consolidates historical exploration informa- tion from various databases into a one-stop, easy-to-use format. Drawing geoscience data from the Ontario Assessment File Database, the Ontario Drill Hole Database, and the Mineral Deposit Inventory database, the series of map layers is a free, publicly-accessible tool. Saving time and resources, users can search by clicking on a data hotspot to quickly and easily find areas around the provinc e where mineral exploration has occurred , where data is available, and wher e land is open for claim registration. Thi s tool is the leading provider of reliable , credible, accessible geoscience data , information, and expert knowledge i n Ontario. Greg Rickford, minister of ener - gy, Northern development and mine s said, “The OGS Focus tool is a state - of-the-art, customer-focused produc t that will further solidify Ontario’s posi - tion as a leading global jurisdiction i n mineral exploration and production.” Teaming up with Lakehead University , the Ontario government is investing b y providing more than $690,000 to sup - port a new five-year Industrial Chair i n Mineral Exploration, which will be hel d by Dr. Peter Hollings, the current chair o f the school’s geology department. Par t of a $2.15 million initiative, this effor t hopes to speed up the process of min - eral exploration, bringing more mine s online to meet the need for raw materi - als required for the technologies pow - ering a modern economy. Of the fund s announced early this year, $375,00 0 comes from Impala Canada, the palla - diumminer owning and operating Lac de s Iles Mine near Thunder Bay. Anothe r $690,000 comes from the Norther n Ontario Heritage Fund. The remainder o f the funding is being provided by th e Natural Sciences and Engineerin g Research Counci l of Canada an d Lakehead University. Hollings and his team will work wit h Impala Canada and their geology tea m to analyze nickel, copper, and platinu m group elements, as well as the associat - ed geological attributes near the Lac de s Iles Mine and the surrounding area . Located about 55 miles northwest o f Lac des Iles palladium mine. Photo courtesy of North American Palladium. EXB Mineral Exploration continued on page 16