Mining Act Policies, Standards and Directives

In the April 17, 2020, ENDM Bulletin, the ministry acknowledged that the COVID-19 outbreak and related public health requirements are special circumstances that have created challenges for all claim holders in Ontario. As such, ENDM provided relief by allowing a simplified method to apply for COVID-19 related exclusion requests. In the current circumstances, with the outbreak continuing into late summer, we appreciate that challenges have continued. As a result, we will continue our earlier practice of leveraging the tools available under the Mining Act and will expand the availability of this relief to all claim holders with anniversary dates on or before March 31, 2021.

Claim holders with claim anniversary dates on or before March 31, 2021, will be given an exclusion order by making a brief request via email. There will be no cost for COVID-19 related exclusion requests. The exclusion orders will remove the requirement to perform and file assessment work for a period of time of up to 12 months.

To obtain an exclusion order, claim holders or their authorized agents must email the Provincial Recording Office at pro.ndm@ontario.ca no earlier than the 30th day before the anniversary date of your claim and no later than 4:30 PM Eastern time on the anniversary date. For more information, please see this bulletin.

The ministry is in the process of reviewing and updating its policies to reflect recent changes to the Mining Act as they relate to the implementation of online mining claim registration and an electronic Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS). Until further notice, visitors should consider this content to be in transition and subject to modifications.

 

Policies

The ministry has developed a set of policies to aid clients on implementation of relevant Mining Act provisions and regulations.

Changes have been made to the Mining Act, including new regulations to promote mineral exploration and development in a manner that recognizes Aboriginal and treaty rights.

To view a listing of other Mining Act policies, visit the policies website.

The ministry is in the process of reviewing and updating its policies to reflect recent changes to the Mining Act as they relate to the implementation of online mining claim registration and an electronic Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS). Until further notice, visitors should consider this content to be in transition and subject to modifications.

Standards

The ministry has recently developed standards related to exploration plans and permits and to georeferencing of unpatented mining claims, as follows:

Directives

The following directives provide direction on the use of the Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS).  Per the Mining Act and the regulations claimholders, lessees, patent holders, or prospector licensees must be registered users in MLAS to do business for mining purposes, in Ontario. Consult our user guide for instructions on how to register.

Mining Act Modernization Regulations Available Online

All regulations that underpin legislation enabling the final phase of modernizing Ontario’s Mining Act are available on the government’s e-Laws website. They provided for the conversion of legacy mining claims, and form part of the regulatory framework for our 24/7 Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS) as well as for online mining claim registration. The regulations were finalized after engagement with industry representatives and other stakeholders including postings for public comment on the province’s regulatory and environmental registries. They include:

  1. O. Reg. 455/17 – Transition – Electronic Registration of Mining Claims
  2. O. Reg. 456/17 – General Reg. amendments
  3. O. Reg. 454/17 – Conversion of Legacy Claims Regulation
  4. O. Reg. 458/17 – Revoking Survey Reg. (Reg. 768, R.R.O. 1990)
  5. O. Reg. 457/17 – Revoking Forms Reg. (O. Reg. 44/11)
  6. O. Reg. 65/18 – New Assessment Work Regulation/Revocation of Assessment Work Regulation O. Reg. 6/96
  7. O. Reg. 66/18 - New Mining Claims Regulation / Revocation of Claim Staking and Recording Regulation O. Reg. 43/11

Resources

  • Frequently Asked Questions – Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS)
  • Administrative Fees for Mining Lands
  • Modernizing the Mining Act will introduce new or modified terminology and concepts related to mineral exploration and development in Ontario. We encourage our mineral exploration and development clients to become familiar with the terms listed in this MAM glossary.
  • Our Claim Holder’s Guide helps to better understand the process of conversion, the implementation of online mining claim registration and our new 24/7 Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS).
  • Crown Land Survey Instructions

MLAS Video Tutorials

  1. register as an existing legacy client
  2. register as a new client
  3. apply for a prospector’s licence in MLAS
  4. view or print a prospector’s licence
  5. register a mining claim
  6. initiate the transfer of a mining claim
  7. complete the transfer of a mining claim
  8. confirm Surface Rights Owner (SRO) notification of claim registration
  9. distribute approved credits
  10. manage agents
  11. submit a notice of claim abandonment