MAM Update - March 2, 2018

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Preparing to Launch Stage 2 of MLAS

Ontario Moves Closer to Online Mining Claim Registration

Mineral exploration proponents should prepare for an interruption in access Ontario’s new 24/7 electronic Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS) between March 15 and April 9. Stage 1 of MLAS was launched February 7.

We are in the process of finalizing the Stage 2 launch preparations which includes ensuring all data transfers, security and performance testing are completed prior to the April 10 launch. As a result, MLAS will be offline as of 12:01 a.m. on March 15 to complete those preparations.

The Ministry is also finalizing spatial data to prepare for the conversion of all existing active mining claims (legacy claims) to cell claims and boundary claims on the provincial grid. This process involves converting some 33,000 legacy claims into roughly 250,000 cell claims and boundary claims and setting up the new claim abstracts.

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute!

Complete your MLAS enrolment as soon as possible before March 15. If you are an active claim holder in Ontario or hold a valid prospector’s licence, you should have received an enrolment package to guide you on how to register to create your client profile. If you miss the March 15 window, you will still be able to register online anytime after Stage 2 of MLAS launches on April 10.

If you haven’t received your enrolment package, you need to contact us as soon as possible at the number below. Newcomers to exploring in Ontario can request an enrolment package now but will only be able to register in MLAS beginning April 10.  

Final Determination Coming February 26

On February 26, a provincial recorder will make a final determination of the location of legacy claims in Ontario and those locations will be delineated on the provincial grid (currently displayed in CLAIMaps). Once delineated, legacy claims will be located as shown on the provincial grid.

CLAIMaps will continue to be available until MLAS is fully launched however, mining lands dispositions (such as leases, patents, and licences of occupation) will not be converted though they will be viewable within MLAS.

Conversion (MLAS Stage 2)

At conversion on April 10, all legacy claims will be transformed into cell claims or boundary claims, online mining claim registration will go into effect and MLAS will be fully launched.  This will make mining lands management much more efficient and cost effective than the current paper-based system and Ontario’s mining lands data will become the most accurate it has ever been.

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