This brings Ontario's investment in the project to more than C$1.65 million.
The NORCAT Underground Centre, located in Onaping, Ontario, enables companies of all sizes to develop, test and showcase innovative and emerging technologies in an operating mine environment. It also serves as a hands-on training and skills development centre, ensuring mine workers are up-to-date on the most modern equipment and processes.
The above-ground structure will provide office, meeting and workshop space, which is key to attracting and retaining international mining companies who will use the services or expand their operations at the centre. Upgrading underground infrastructure will provide companies with access to cutting-edge technology and create new training and education opportunities.
Don Duval, CEO of NORCAT, commented: "With this investment in our new above-ground facility at the NORCAT Underground Centre, the government of Ontario is helping to shape the future of innovation and technology in the global mining industry. As the only innovation centre in the world with an operating mine, NORCAT is thrilled that Ontario's investment in our expansion will help reinforce our reputation as the one-stop-shop global destination for all that is the future of mining technology, innovation, and skills training."
Vic Fedeli, Ontario's minister of economic development, job creation and trade, said: "With our government's support, we are making it possible for mining companies to develop new technologies, invest and create good jobs in the north. We are keen to show the world that Ontario and its mining sector are open for business and open for jobs - and that also means being open for research and training."