Mining Act Awareness Program

ATTENTION: To apply for or renew your prospector’s licence in addition to the successful completion of this MAAP program you must forward an application to renew your prospector licence with the fee of $25.50 to the Provincial Recording Office prior to the expiry date of your present licence. If you do not make application your prospector's licence will be invalid.

Link: Application for Renewal of Prospector’s Licence Mining Act

Provincial Recording Office
General Inquiry: 705-670-5742
Toll Free: 1-888-415-9845
Fax: 705-670-5681
Toll Free Fax: 1-877-670-1444
Willet Green Miller Center
933 Ramsey Lake Rd, 3rd Floor
Sudbury ON P3E6B5

The Mining Act Awareness Program (MAAP) is an online training course that provides information on the basics of the Mining Act and its provisions and regulations. The program ensures that prospectors and exploration proponents are informed before they engage in prospecting and exploration activity.

Who Must Take the MAAP?

You must complete the MAAP if:

  • You are applying for or renewing an existing prospector's licence.
  • You hold a lifetime prospector's licence. Lifetime licence holders must complete the MAAP no later than November 1, 2014.
  • You are listed as a "qualified supervisor" on an exploration plan or permit.

You may also want to take the MAAP if:

  • You are a private land owner or a member or representative of an Aboriginal Community that may engage or work with prospectors and the mineral exploration industry.
  • You are interested in the mining sequence or the Mining Act.

Topics Covered by the MAAP

The MAAP covers a wide range of important topics such as:

  • The purpose of the Mining Act and its regulations, including the operational policies that outline how early exploration activities are to be carried out in Ontario.
  • Aboriginal and treaty rights.
  • The rights of private land owners, and other users of the land when planning for staking or early exploration activities
  • The requirements for carrying out early exploration activities.
  • Resources available to assist in preparing for claim staking and early exploration activities.


  • New application and renewal application forms for Prospectors Licences.
  • Contact the Provincial Recording Office for more information about prospector’s licences, staking and recording a mining claim, assessment work requirements and leasing of mining claims.
  • Ontario’s Mining Act and regulations - The complete Mining Act of Ontario and its regulations
  • CLAIMaps displays the location of land where claim staking can or cannot occur. and allows users to download map images as well as CLAIMaps polygon GIS data.
  • Mining Claims Information (MCI) provides information on unpatented mining claims including active and cancelled claims, claims that have been posted and are open for staking, client reports, and assessment work reports.
  • Mining Act Forms-As required by the Mining Act, individuals and corporations may be required to submit a form in order to notify the ministry or obtain certain permissions.
  • Minister’s required fees provides information on fees as required under the Mining Act.
  • Mineral Collecting Policy and Guidelines for Mineral collecting.
  • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources provides information regarding various other uses and users of public land.
  • Ontario Ministry of the Environment (Environmental Registry) - provides "public notices" about environmental matters being proposed by all government ministries covered by the Environmental Bill of Rights, including exploration permits.
  • Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s e3Plus: A Framework for Responsible Exploration
  • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada provides information about the Acts, Bills and Regulations that affect Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), as well as land claims and historic treaties.
  • Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs provides information about aboriginal communities, Land Claims and Reconciliation in Ontario.
  • Aboriginal Canada Portal provides information on aboriginal communities Land Claims and Treaties.
  • The Atlas of Canada provides maps and data regarding treaties and the history of treaties, including maps showing treaty boundaries.