MLAS Update - May 18, 2021

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Bulletin - Extending Exclusions of Time for Claim Holders Due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak and related public health requirements are special circumstances that have created challenges for all claim holders in Ontario. Given the present uncertainty over when current health and safety measures will ease, we acknowledge that some claim holders may still be having difficulty planning or executing work programs.

The Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines understands that exclusions can help promote public safety, particularly in remote areas, by reducing the need for travel into those areas for exploration purposes. As a result, we will continue to offer claim holders a streamlined process for processing requests for COVID-19-related exclusion of time orders under Ontario’s Mining Act and for all claim holders with claim anniversary dates on or before October 31, 2021. We anticipate that this will be the final extension of the streamlined process for exclusion of time requests and suggest that claimholders plan their work programs accordingly.

Claim holders with claim anniversary dates on or before October 31, 2021, will be given an exclusion order if they make a brief request via email citing COVID-19 as the reason the exclusion order is requested. There is no cost for COVID-19 related exclusion requests.  The exclusion orders will remove the requirement to perform and file assessment work for a period of time of up to 12 months.

We ask that claim holders only apply through this streamlined process if they are experiencing issues completing assessment work due to the effects of COVID-19 and the enhanced public health and workplace safety measures currently in effect for all of Ontario.

To obtain an exclusion order, claim holders or their authorized agents must email the Provincial Recording Office at pro.ndm@ontario.ca no earlier than the 30th day before the anniversary date of your claim and no later than the anniversary date. For more information, please see this bulletin.