Instructions, Definitions, and General Guidance for Submitting Exploration Plans

Note: The information on this page is being revised

Appendix 1 - Map of Mineral Exploration and Development Office Regions

Map of Mineral Exploration and Development Office Regions

Appendix 2 – Map Submission Requirements for Plan Forms

Map Scale, Size, and Format Requirements:

  1. Regional maps should be between 1:50,000 and 1:250,000 scale.  The maps should show exactly where in the province the project is located and include local identifiable features such as towns and cities.  Communities and the ministry should be able to determine the location of the project with ease.
  2. Property scale (Project) maps should be between 1:5,000 and 1:40,000
  3. Maps should not be larger than 11” by 17”. For larger properties, tiled and numbered maps may be submitted
  4. Combined size of the application and all attachments including maps must not exceed 10 MB.
  5. Acceptable map formats include pdf, png and jpg

Minimum Information Requirements for Maps:

  1. The location of exploration sites and activities should be defined on the property scale map.  A polygon or line can be used to depict activities such as trenching, stripping, line cutting and geophysics within 200 m accuracy.  A circle or polygon with a diameter of 200 m accuracy can be used to depict drill pad and pitting location(s).  Please see Appendix 4 for an example of a detailed property map
  2. Additional information, such as exploration trails and roads (use lines) and camps (polygon or circle) which may be constructed should also be shown similarly on the Property scale map within 100 m accuracy
  3. Activities indicated on the map should correspond with the activity and number indicated on the submission.  Appendix 4 has several maps which demonstrate this
  4. First Nation reserves and/or communities
  5. A graphic or bar scale
  6. A north direction arrow
  7. Lakes, streams and other notable topographic features, railways, roads, trails, power lines, pipelines and buildings
  8. Township boundary lines, mining claim, lease, licence of occupation or patent boundaries
  9. The mining claim, lease, licence of occupation, patent or parcel numbers of all mining land covered by the project
  10. Grid coordinate lines established for reference purposes (e.g. UTM coordinates)
  11. A descriptive list of all symbols used including those used to identify the location of prescribed activities being carried out on individual claim units


  1. The more specific and detailed a proponent is in the identification of the locations where the activity(ies) will be undertaken, the better MNDM, SRO’s, the public and Aboriginal communities will be able to understand the activity(ies) proposed. Sufficient detail is required to enable the determination of potential impacts.  An exploration plan form that does not provide sufficient detail may be returned in order to be revised to provide greater detail, or if the consultation process is not considered adequate the Director may determine that an exploration permit is required.
  2. CLAIMaps IV can now be used to produce property and regional scale maps.  This application enables a proponent to add polylines, polygons, and point symbols to maps which can be used to represent activities and other important details such as proposed roads, trails and exploration camps.