MAM Update - Special Edition - October 2016

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Ontario Legislature Moving Forward With Mining Act Modernization Bill

Today at Queen’s Park, Ontario introduced the Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act, a bill to amend and modernize 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.

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

The proposed legislation would implement online registration of mining claims and a new modernized electronic mining lands administration system. The proposed amendments to the Mining Act would enhance the province’s global competitiveness in mining.

The online registration of claims would make boundaries of mining claims precise, as licensed prospectors would register claims by selecting pre-set cells from an online grid overlaid on a map of Ontario.

The changes would benefit the province’s mining sector by encouraging prospecting, claim registration and exploration, all key elements to sustaining a strong and viable mineral development future in Ontario.

You can learn more about the MNRF Aggregate Resources Act.

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