Minister Michael Gravelle

Minister’s photoMichael Gravelle represents the riding of Thunder Bay – Superior North. He was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 1995 representing the riding of Port Arthur and is currently serving his sixth consecutive term as M.P.P.

Gravelle was reappointed Minister of Northern Development and Mines in June 2014. He has served as the Minister of Natural Resources, Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, Government Caucus Chair and as a member of the Priorities and Planning Board.

Gravelle has long been a dedicated community member, with an accomplished political and public service record. He is co-founder of the North of Superior Film Association and has served on the boards of the Magnus Theatre Company and the AIDS Committee of Thunder Bay. In the 1970s, Gravelle served as special assistant to the Honourable Robert Andras, a senior minister in the Trudeau cabinet. He later served as communications officer for the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party and as a special assistant to the federal member for Thunder Bay-Nipigon. He also worked as a publicist for the CBC and as coordinator of Northern Development Councils for the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry.

Message from the Minister:

July 14, 2014

It is an honour to be reappointed to lead the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines. I am excited to be able to continue the work I started when I returned to this ministry in February of last year. As Minister, as a MPP and most importantly, as a Northerner, I have a deep appreciation of the tremendous economic potential of the North’s vast resources.

Our government certainly recognizes the unique challenges and opportunities for residents in Ontario’s North and we have established that collaboration is key. That is why our government is committed to working with the municipalities, First Nations, and local industries to help them take advantage of emerging opportunities for jobs and growth.

In the coming years, our government will continue working to enhance our prosperous provincial minerals sector, and continue promoting a healthy business climate that encourages competitiveness, innovation and investment in Ontario’s North. As guided by the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario, we will strengthen the economy of the North by: supporting growth and diversifying the region’s traditional resource-based industries; stimulating new investment and entrepreneurship and nurturing new and emerging sectors with high growth potential.

There is no question; the Ontario government wants to ensure that our northern communities continue to remain on a positive track towards prosperity. We remain committed to seeing sound, strategic development in the Ring of Fire, subject to necessary regulatory approvals and the duty to consult being met, and are moving forward in collaboration with First Nations and industry toward socially and environmentally sound mineral development in the area.

Modernizing Ontario’s Mining Act remains a priority to ensure Ontario remains one of the best places in the world for mineral exploration and mining investment. We will continue to work in partnership with Ontario’s Aboriginal communities to forge stronger relationships that will promote a new level of understanding between all our economic interests and will continue to seek the kinds of unique solutions needed in Ontario so we can share in a prosperous future.

I invite you to explore the Ministry’s online resources and to contact our economic and mineral development staff in regional offices throughout the province with your questions and comments.

Michael Gravelle