MAM Update - August 3, 2017

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Time is Running Out for Claim Holders to Obtain Assessment Credits for Georeferencing

Submissions Are Due by the end of Business Day, August 31, 2017

Summer is a busy time for prospecting and exploration work in Ontario. But while new work is being undertaken, we must remind you that we’re in the process of transitioning to a new Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS) and there are important dates you should be aware of to prepare to protect your claims.

Ontario has required mining claims to be georeferenced since November 1, 2012. In the lead up to implementation of the new MLAS, we have been urging the exploration community to georeference claims recorded prior to November 1, 2012 in accordance with Ontario’s “Georeferencing Standards for Unpatented Mining Claims” guidelines. Now, as we prepare to launch the new MLAS, the assessment work credit for georeferencing those mining claims will end on August 31st, 2017. As of September 1st,   you will no longer be able to obtain $400 in assessment work credit per claim unit (up to $6,400 for a 16-unit claim).

In the coming months there will be a final determination and delineation by MNDM of all mining claims at which point they will be defined by the coordinates as shown on CLAIMaps and no longer by the staking posts.

Georeferenced data must be filed with the ministry by August 31st to receive assessment work credits. You may provide this data after August 31st but the assessment work credit will not be available. New georeferenced mining claims can continue to be staked and recorded until the staking hiatus occurs in late fall 2017 while the new system is implemented.

It is important to ensure that your claims are properly located on CLAIMaps and that you draw to the ministry’s attention any concerns you may have as soon as possible.

As of August 1, 2017, some 11,000 active claims or 34 per cent of the approximately 31,700 recorded mining claims in Ontario had been georeferenced. Another 6,200 or 20 per cent of those claims are considered georeferenced because their location is based on township survey fabric. Are your claims among those that have not been georeferenced?

For more information visit us at our Modernizing the Mining Act website or call us at 1-888-415-9845.