Modernizing the Mining Act: Update Bulletins

MAM Update - Special Edition - October 2016

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Ontario Legislature Moving Forward With Mining Act Modernization Bill

Today at Queen’s Park, Ontario introduced the Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act, a bill to amend and modernize both the Mining Act under the auspices of the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Aggregate Resources Act.

With respect to modernizing the Mining Act, the new bill replaces legislative proposals contained in Bill 155, which was pre-empted by prorogation of the Ontario Legislature in September.

MAM Update - September 2016

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Have You Georeferenced Your Mining Claims?

As part of the ongoing Mining Act Modernization process, Ontario is proposing to convert existing mining claims to new, cell-based claims, implement a province-wide system of online mining claim registration, and launch a new electronic Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS). In advance of the proposed conversion process, we have been encouraging you to georeference your claims.

MAM Update - August 2016

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS)

Ontario is proposing to move away from ground staked mining claims and to implement province-wide online mining claim registration and a new electronic Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS), as part of the ongoing roll-out of the Mining Act Modernization (MAM) process. The proposed changes to assessment work described in this bulletin depend on the enactment of technical amendments to the Mining Act and then developing a new assessment work regulation.

MAM Update - May 2016

Mines and Minerals Division: 

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Conversion is Coming

Legislation enabling the third phase of Ontario’s work to modernize the Mining Act was tabled at Queen’s Park and proposes to convert Ontario’s manual system of ground and paper staking, and maintaining unpatented mining claims to an online system. At conversion, ALL active, unpatented claims would be converted from their legally-defined claim posts on the ground or by township survey to a cell-based provincial grid. Following conversion, the claims would be legally defined by their cell on the grid and coordinate location in CLAIMaps.

MAM Update - February 2016

Mines and Minerals Division: 

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How We Got Here

Our proposed legislation was developed following consultation with Ontario’s mineral exploration and development stakeholders and engagement with Aboriginal communities and groups that included:

Progress update – March 2015

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Preview Ontario’s Proposed Provincial Grid

Preview a demo of the proposed provincial grid on the CLAIMaps system to visualize your claim holdings under the proposed online system.

Moving from Ground-based to Cell-based Mining Claims

As part of the ongoing Mining Act Modernization process, Ontario is proposing to implement an online mineral tenure acquisition process. Under the proposed system, you would go online to select predefined cells on a provincial grid, and register mining claims for those cells.

Progress update – August 2014

Mines and Minerals Division: 

How to Keep your Prospector’s Licence Valid:

Take the Mining Act Awareness Program by November 1, 2014

If you have a prospector’s licence you must complete the Mining Act Awareness Program (MAAP) by November 1, 2014 to keep your licence valid.

If you don’t complete the MAAP by November 1, 2014 you won’t be able to stake a mining claim unless you obtain a new prospector’s licence. You will need to take the MAAP and pay the required fee to get a new prospector’s licence.

Progress update - July 2014

Mines and Minerals Division: 

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Georeference Your Claims Now

Ontario is proposing to implement online staking and online mining lands administration. If you aren’t certain that your mining claim is shown accurately on the current provincial claims map, you should georeference your claim and provide the data to the province.

Progress update – March 2014

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Mining Lands Administration going Digital

Ontario is continuing its phased approach to modernizing its Mining Act. This means implementing province-wide online claim staking and a modern mining lands administration system. Implementing this phase of Mining Act Modernization requires the enactment of some technical changes to the Mining Act and some regulations.

Progress update – November 2013

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Why ongoing Mining Act Modernization?

Ontario has the largest metal mining sector in Canada, and accounts for nearly a quarter of the country’s mineral production.

Through new regulations, legislation and policies under Mining Act Modernization (MAM), Ontario aims to stay out in front when it comes to mineral exploration and development in Canada.

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