MAM Update - January 31, 2018

Mines and Minerals Division: 

How Mining Claim Due Dates Will Be Impacted by Transition and Conversion

The third phase of our work to modernize the Mining Act will significantly impact claim holders’ portfolios. During the pre-conversion period and for a time after conversion, claim holders will be busy re-configuring their portfolios and may not be in a position to carry out exploration projects. To protect claim holders during this period of change, the ministry has taken steps to prevent mining claims from forfeiting.

Under O. Reg. 455/17, Transition – Electronic Registration of Mining Claims -- any mining claim with a due date falling on or after December 1st, 2017 but before November 1st, 2018 will have an exclusion of time applied and its due date will be reset for one year later. This will be reflected by an entry on the mining claim abstract in the Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS) and the new due date will be indicated.

At conversion, all active legacy claims will be converted into cell claims or boundary claims and due dates of the new cell or boundary claims will be determined as follows:

  1. Where one or more legacy claims with the same holder and same due date intersect a cell, the due date for the resulting cell claim will be the same as that of the legacy claims;
  2. Where two or more legacy claims with different due dates but with the same holder intersect a cell, the due date for the resulting cell claim will be the latest due date of the legacy claims;
  3. Where two or more legacy claims with different holders intersect a cell, two boundary claims will be created and each boundary claim will have the due date of the legacy claim;
  4. In situations where two or more legacy claims with the same holder are grouped by a Claim Boundary Report (CBR):
    1. for each legacy claim in the same group with different due dates, the due date for each boundary claim will be the latest due date of the grouped legacy claims;
    2. for each legacy claim in the same group with the same due date, the due date for each boundary claim will be the same as that of the legacy claims;
    3. for each legacy claim with a different group ID, the due date set for the boundary claim will be the same as that of as the legacy claim.

Here’s a simple example (without a CBR):

Mining claim 123456 has a due date of January 19, 2018; the transition regulation resets the claim’s due date to January 19, 2019.  At conversion, this legacy claim merges with legacy claim 234567 (same claim holder, same cell), which has a due date of July 26, 2022.  The resulting cell claim will have July 26, 2022 as its new due date.

You have until Feb. 9 to submit a CBR

Updated online conversion tool instructions have been published to guide users through the process of selecting and viewing claims you might want to prevent from merging.

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