Mines and Minerals

The Mines and Minerals Division works to support responsible land use management and mineral resource development by administration of the Mining Act, providing public geoscience information and client services.

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Mining Lands Administration in Ontario

Ontario’s third phase of modernizing the Mining Act came into effect at 10 a.m. on April 10, 2018, with the implementation of online mining claim registration and introducing a new Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS) providing 24/7 online access to mining lands management.

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Land Tenure and Geoscience Resources

Access applications such as Mining Lands Assessment System (MLAS), the Mining Act Awareness Program (MAAP), GeologyOntario and OGSEarth to learn more about mining land tenure in Ontario or browse and search through our broad repository of digital and geoscience data.

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Aboriginal Participation Fund

The Aboriginal Participation Fund (APF) will create new opportunities to build and strengthen relationships among Aboriginal communities and organizations, government and industry.

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Ontario’s Mineral Development Strategy

The province officially released its new Mineral Development Strategy in December 2015.

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Mining Act

The Mining Act is a legal document which outlines all of the rules and regulations that apply to mining in Ontario.

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Exploration and Developing Minerals in Ontario

Here you will find information and resources on all stages of the mining sequence, as well as requirements for mineral exploration and development in Ontario, from prospecting to early and advanced development, to production and closure.

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Geology is a science which focuses on the study of solid Earth, the rocks of which it is composed and the processes by which it changes. It provides insight into the Earth's past including the evolutionary history of life and past climates.

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