MAMI strategic Plan 2016-2019

Our 3 Cs: Manitoba is Open for Business

Recently, the association, on behalf of its members, met with the province of Manitoba, encouraging them to adopt 3 objectives to help make Manitoba the most improved province in Canada, and encourage the sustainable development of our natural resources:

  • 10% Mineral Tenure of the Manitoba land base
  • 10% Exploration Spend (of national total)
  • 10% GPP from Mining in Manitoba

To get there, we will use the association’s 3 Cs:

Competitiveness

  1. Necessity of Access to Land
    Manitoba has vast mineral potential. Discovering and developing future mineral deposits requires access to large areas of land. The lack of land access severely hinders the sustainability of the mining industry.
  2. Mining Tax Rates
    In addition to offering lower mining tax rates, neighbouring jurisdictions allow mining companies to depreciate their capital investments much more quickly, many within the same year in which they were incurred. This allows mining companies to realize and redeploy the full tax benefit of their investment more quickly.
  3. New Mining Investment Tax Credit
    Provide mining companies with the same tax treatment as other Manitoba manufacturing companies.

  4. Remove Barriers to Developing Inter-Provincial Mineral Belts
    Allow processing at Manitoba mills from non-Manitoba mines without Processing Allowance penalty.
  5. Increased Resources for Manitoba Geological Survey
    Resume historic levels of funding / match neighbouring jurisdictions.
  6. Limit PST Audit Cycles to 3 Years (WCC, MCC, CME)
    PST audits cycles are up to 10 years now, resulting in wasted resources and excessive fines. Shared issue with the Chambers and various manufacturing associations.

Certainty

  1. Manitoba Hydro electricity costs
    Electricity remains a substantial operating cost for mining operations. The Manitoba Hydro rate increases at nearly 4% in 2015 and 2016, resulting in high costs for Manitoba mines.
  2. Process efficiency
    Improve and provide more transparency of internal government processes related to permitting and tighten timelines associated with consultation. Ensure the level of activity be commensurate to level of consultation.
  3. Regulatory consistency
    WSH vs Operation of Mines Regulation differences, ACGIH automatic adoption.
  4. Improve communication between government departments
    Coordinate conversations between Conservation, Parks and Mineral Resources.
  5. Strengthen voice of industry in development of protected areas
    Provide appropriate weight to areas of high mineral potential in developing park boundaries. Industry has recently signed the Boreal Declaration, a Declaration of Common Values for the Sustainable Development of the Boreal in Northern Manitoba.
  6. Relief from Work Requirements until work permits are in place
    Suspend work requirements while First Nation consultations are ongoing.

Capacity

  1. Workforce Adjustment (2018 Thompson, 2020 Flin Flon)
  2. Infrastructure
    • All weather roads & highway load limits
    • Rail line physical reliability & service
  3. Workforce training & development
    • Cradle to Careers workforce development – close to home
    • Support Northern Sector Council training to employment programs
    • Support industrial skills & trades training centre (UCN)
    • Ensure training funding is targeted toward viable employment opportunities.
  4. Northern Economic Development Strategy

Our Vision

As a global leader in the sector, Manitoba is characterized by a transparent and predictable regulatory climate, safe and secure operations, environmentally and socially sustainable industry practices, and trusting stakeholder partnerships that provide mutual benefits for all. In achieving this vision, the Association cultivates strong relationships with industry, government, Aboriginal and other stakeholders.

Our Mission

The Association advocates for the collective interests of Manitoba’s mining industry and the advancement of the sector through education and collaboration with our industry members, government, Aboriginal and other stakeholders.

Advocate

By advocating on behalf of its members, the Association raises the profile of the industry in the province and gives voice to industry concerns in order to improve Manitoba’s regulatory climate.

Educate

Through education programming, the Association helps Manitobans understand the contributions, value and sustainability (including safety) of the industry.

Collaborate

The Association collaborates with all stakeholders to share best practices and work towards improvement.