Ontario's mines minister says if more than half the chromite mined in the Ring of Fire is processed in Ontario, that's a lot better than none.

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Ontario Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle. (Nicole Ireland/CBC)

On Thursday, NDP MPP Gilles Bisson criticized a plan by Cliffs Natural Resources to ship the rest of its ore to China.

 Michael Gravelle says the processor to be built in Sudbury will create hundreds of new jobs plus spin-off jobs.

"[If the proposal is successful], what we're going to be seeing … [is] the first ferrochrome processing facility in North America," Gravelle said.  "We're going to see value-added opportunity in the province of Ontario that was never there before."

Gravelle added that shipping ore to other jurisdictions for processing is not uncommon.

He said ore from other countries and provinces is processed in Ontario.