Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, is leading a mining manufacturing and equipment focused business mission to Peru and Ecuador from April 13-17, 2020, exposing Ontario businesses to new markets in order for them to expand and create more jobs. 

In advance of the mission, the Minister participated in the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention in Toronto where he met with government representatives and senior executives from the mining sector in South America including the heads of the Peruvian delegation, Susana Vilca Achata, Minister of Energy and Mines of Peru and María Antonieta Alva, Minister of Economy and Finance of Peru as well as heads of the Ecuadorian delegation, Enrique Gallegos, Vice Minister of Mines of Ecuador and Freddy Villao, Undersecretary of Strategic Development in the Office of the Vice President of Ecuador.

“Peru and Ecuador represent an abundance of untapped potential, with their mining sectors offering high potential for Ontario suppliers to the mining industry,” said Minister Fedeli. “By diversifying Ontario's global trading partners, we are creating a climate for our province's businesses and economy to thrive.”

“Our government is focused on bringing good jobs and investment to the province,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. “Ontario is a leading jurisdiction for mineral extraction and production and our government is making sure that the world knows that we are Open for Business and Open for Jobs.”

During the mission, Minister Fedeli will meet with government officials and corporate executives in the mining sector. Businesses from Ontario's mining sector will attend market and industry intelligence briefings and meet with local businesses to develop new opportunities. Delegates will also attend Expominas, an international trade fair for heavy construction and mining machinery, held annually in Quito, Ecuador.