1.11.24 - “Develop our natural resources: Move forward with resource revenue sharing from mining, forestry and aggregates to help Northern towns and Indigenous communities share in resource development”
During the 2018 election campaign, Doug Ford promised that the percentage of money that would flow back into the northern communies would be in the range of $20 to $30 million. In 2021, the Ontario government announced $15 million for resource revenue sharing as part of its Northern Ontario Resource Development Support Fund. However, the funding falls short of the $20 to $30 million promised during the 2018 provincial election.
“The Ontario government has fulfilled a campaign promise by returning some mining and forest revenue to towns and cities in the north, but some municipal leaders say it isn’t enough. The new Northern Ontario Resource Development Support Fund will split $15 million among the 144 cities and towns and townships of the north every year for the next five years. Mining towns like Sudbury, Timmins and Red Lake have long argued they should get a larger cut of the millions the province collects from the mineral industry, which can be hard on local roads and other infrastructure. Running for premier in 2018, Doug Ford promised a resource revenue sharing plan for the north, estimating it to be worth as much as $30 million per year.”
During the 2018 election campaign, Doug Ford promised that the percentage of money that would flow back into the northern communies would be in the range of $20 to $30 million. Although the Ontario government has reiterated its commitment to share resource revenues with Northern towns and Indigenous communities in 2019, no steps have been taken to fulfill this promise to date.
“The Minister for Northern Development and Mines says northern Ontario communities won’t get a cut of resource revenue until next year, at the earliest. He says details won’t likely be released until 2020 and possibly not until that year’s fall economic statement.”
“‘We’re going to introduce real, formal revenue sharing for northern resources,’ said Ford, in a prepared statement. ‘This means that more money from mining, forestry and aggregates stays right here in the North for the people of northern Ontario.’ He said the revenue sharing will benefit communities, including indigenous communities. While he doesn’t have a breakdown of the percentage of money that would flow back into the north, he says it will be in the range of $20 to $30 million.”