MAM Update - Ontario Legislature Passes Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act, 2017

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Ontario Legislature Passes Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act, 2017

Today at Queen’s Park, the Ontario Legislature passed the Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act, 2017 (Bill 39) on a vote after the close of third reading debate.  This legislation amends and modernizes both the Mining Act under the auspices of the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Aggregate Resources Act. Bill 39 only requires royal assent before becoming law.

With respect to modernizing the Mining Act, the new bill replaces legislative proposals originally contained in Bill 155, which was pre-empted by prorogation of the Ontario Legislature in September 2016. 

Once proclaimed into force, the Mining Act amendments will implement online registration of mining claims and a new modernized electronic Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS) in Ontario.

Online registration of mining claims will make boundaries of mining claims more precise, as licensed prospectors will be required to register claims by selecting pre-set cells from an online grid overlaid on a map of Ontario.

The modernized Mining Act is intended to enhance the province’s global competitiveness in mining, as well as encourage prospecting, claim registration and exploration, all key elements to sustaining a strong and viable mineral development future in Ontario.

Read the News Release.

The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines is currently developing the regulations that will inform the new law. The first two of these proposed regulations have been posted for public comment on Ontario’s environmental and regulatory registries.

You can learn more by visiting our Modernization the Mining Act website or for more information contact the Provincial Recording Office at: 1-888-415-9845