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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.

Ontario Mining & Exploration Directory - 2021

Mines and Minerals Division: 

The Ontario Mining & Exploration Directory provides an annual overview of mining operations and mine development projects as well as contact information for metallic and non metallic mineral producers and active exploration companies in Ontario. Production and employment information is also provided for the metallic and industrial mineral producers. The directory is produced annually by the Ontario Prospector's Association. It is available from the Ontario Mining Association.

Report of Activities 2020

Mines and Minerals Division: 

The Ontario Geological Survey’s Resident Geologist Program is pleased to provide Report of Activities 2020 for electronic distribution.

Publications Release Notice — April 29, 2021

Mines and Minerals Division: 

The following publications are available now for free download from GeologyOntario, or by following the links provided in this release notice.

Maps and reports in hard-copy (paper) format and digital data sets available on physical media (CD or DVD) can be purchased from the Publication Sales office.

Ontario Geological Survey Issues Request to Purchase Private Airborne Geophysical Data

Mines and Minerals Division: 

This Request for Data is now closed. If you have any questions, please contact

The Ontario Geological Survey (OGS) is looking to purchase proprietary airborne geophysical survey data from private-sector companies to enhance its current inventory. Mineral exploration is the lifeblood of Ontario’s mining industry, and the Province is committed to ensuring the sector remains vibrant and prosperous.