Blasting entails all of the related equipment required to blast hard rock including drilling equipment/rigs and consumables such as drill bits, explosives and all other related components to detonate a charge.

Bulk Handling Equipment

This category is centered on the manufacturing of equipment used for the handling both dry and saturated materials including stationary machinery such as conveyor belts to mobile equipment such as loaders.

Metal Fabrication

Metal Fabrication entails a manufacturer that takes raw flat steel and based on engineering drawings manufactures it into components necessary for building mines and all related infrastructure.


Includes all of the services required to ensure mining is conducted in an environmentally sound and responsible way as not to impact current or future ecosystems.

Health and Safety

All personnel protective equipment, training and detection systems necessary to ensure the employees are held out of harm's way in all mining applications including equipment operators and miners.

Fixed Mining Equipment

This category includes equipment necessary for optimum mine production that is a permanent fixture within the mine site including rock breakers, crushers, mineral processing equipment and conveying systems.

Automation / Software

Smart technology that optimizes mine production and mineral processing through real-time information available to surface including ventilation on demand, telerobotic, communication systems, autonomous vehicle operation, personnel, and equipment monitoring.


All components required to ensure mine personnel have the ventilation necessary for a safe and productive working environment including ventilation on demand systems, air quality monitoring, chillers, fans, and ductwork.

Mobile Mining Equipment

All self-propelled equipment either on wheels or tracks that can be moved throughout the mine site either surface or underground including jumbo drills, scoops, scissor lifts, bolters, cement trucks, loaders, and personnel movers.

Consulting Services

Encompasses all of the support services necessary to properly engineer a mine site and mineral processing facilities including engineering, procurement, construction, and management firms.

Mine Contractors

Includes firms that specialize in constructing/developing mines and all related infrastructure through a turnkey approach or by being contracted to undertake specific developments from shaft sinking, head frame constructing, raise boring and drift development.

Battery Electric Vehicles

One of the most innovative and environmental responsible changes to underground mining is the introduction of battery-powered underground equipment. MineConnect members lead the development of electrification and are pioneers in the industry. Removing the diesel particulates, reducing heat and noise has revolutionized the mining industry.

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  • May 14, 2021  |  Industry News

    Sudbury business creates portable underground lunchroom/lavatory

    Sudbury’s B & D Manufacturing creates comfortable space underground A manufacturer in Sudbury has designed the Lunchroom/Lavatory on Wheels, and has already shipped a couple of units internationally.  It resembles a small stainless steel rail car, and as the name suggests, it’s portable, featuring a washroom and a lunch room.  Tom DiFrancesco, general manager of…

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  • May 14, 2021  |  Industry News

    Granada Gold hits more rare earth, alkali metals on Big Claim

    First reported in March 2021, the drilling continues to intersect rare earth and alkali metals on the Big Claim near Rouyn-Noranda, Que. Owner and operator Granada Gold Mine (TSXV: GGM) said there are more such intersections in hole GR-20-22 about 1,625 metres below surface. Twenty-one distinct mineralized zones from 177 to 2.8 metres were intercepted. So far…

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  • May 14, 2021  |  Industry News

    Provincial Antigen Screen Program

    Ontario launched the Provincial Antigen Screening Program in November 2020, as a pilot initiative designed to allow employers in priority settings to incorporate an additional safety measure in high-risk and essential workplaces, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Through the program, rapid antigen point-of-care tests (POCTs) are distributed to participating organizations to enhance existing…

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  • May 14, 2021  |  Industry News

    Boltec M battery rig makes its debut in Canada

    As part of the ongoing effort to lead the charge on the battery electric transformation of the mining industry, Epiroc has imported the very first Boltec M battery rig onto Canadian soil. The fully mechanized bolter is ideal for mid-sized tunnel profiles and is a welcome addition to Epiroc’s growing line of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) offering…

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  • May 12, 2021  |  Press Release

    Ten Northern Ontario Mining Supply and Service Companies Selected to Set Up Shop in Elko, Nevada

    Under the auspices of Ontario’s North Economic Development Corporation (ONEDC), with funding support from FedNor and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), MineConnect will lead the opening of a storefront in Elko, Nevada, planned for fall 2021. Given the importance of the Nevada mining sector to Northern Ontario companies, this initiative will allow the…

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