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Northern Ontario makes up about 90 percent of Ontario, and is bigger than most provinces. In this rugged and varied land, you’ll find everything from towns and cities to farmland and forest to muskeg and rock. Only the most remote parts of the province are not linked by permanent roads or Internet service.

The Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry advocates on behalf of Ontario’s northern region, as well as on behalf of the province’s minerals industry. We deliver government programs and services in Northern Ontario and represent the interests of our partners and stakeholders at Queen’s Park.


A Northern Ontario economy and provincial minerals sector that are healthy, competitive and sustainable.


As the lead ministry for the North, the NDMNRF works to make Northern Ontario and the provincial minerals sector strong, healthy and prosperous.

Mandate letter progress: Northern Development and Mines 2014-15

The Minister’s response letter to Premier Wynne, outlining the results achieved on key mandate priorities in 2014-15.