I like the wording of the mining section of the new Nova Scotia strategy:
Exploration is an important part of the mining cycle and is necessary for a sustainable mining sector. Nova Scotia competes with other places in Canada and around the world for investments in mineral exploration and development. Therefore, we must be strategic in attracting and working with investors. Mineral deposits, by their very nature, are mostly hidden below the earth’s surface and can only be identiied by costly exploration methods, such as high-technology geophysical and geochemical techniques and rock-core drilling. Since 1990, investors have spent between $5 million and $20 million per year on mineral exploration in Nova Scotia. Since the discovery of new deposits sustains the industry, the Department of Natural Resources should continue to identify and promote new opportunities for mineral exploration. In addition, the department should continue to provide technical and financial assistance to prospectors to help them attract investment for mineral exploration.
And then from the action plan:
23. Help prospectors attract investment for mineral exploration and development. We will consult with prospectors to determine the best ways to help them to attract investment for mineral exploration and development. Then we will put those measures into practice.