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Ontario Supporting Broadband Expansion in Hearst
March 16, 2018 - Ontario is helping to improve the connectivity of residents and local businesses in Hearst by investing in enhanced access to high speed internet. 

Ontario Supporting Revitalization Projects in Northern Ontario
March 13, 2018 - Ontario is helping to enhance attractions in Schreiber and Terrace Bay to attract more tourists and boost the local economies.

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MAM Update - January 26, 2018

Mines and Minerals Division: 

MLAS Enrolment Packages Are On the Way to Clients

In advance of launching Stage 1 of the new 24/7 Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS) on February 7, all holders of an active or permanent prospector’s licence as well as mining claim holders in Ontario will be sent information to guide them in completing their enrolment into MLAS. The ministry started mailing out packages on January 15. Call us or email us at if you have not received your enrolment package by February 7.

Recommendations for Exploration, 2017–2018

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Recommendations for Exploration across Ontario have been released for 2017–2018. The recommendations are generated annually by staff of the Ontario Geological Survey from research, field programs and areas of industry activity.

MAM Update - January 17, 2018

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Sites of Aboriginal Cultural Significance May Continue to be Withdrawn During the Pre-Conversion Period

With the 90-day pre-conversion period now in effect, no new mining claim can be registered in Ontario until online claim registration launches April 10, 2018, as part of Stage 2 of implementing the Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS). 

Ontario Supporting Opportunity and Growth in the North


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January 11, 2018

Ontario is supporting communities across the North in developing plans and initiatives that will attract new investments and grow local economies.

The province’s Northern Communities Investment Readiness (NCIR) program offers grants to First Nations, municipalities and economic development corporations in Northern Ontario to support initiatives that will better position their communities to attract and develop new investments.

Since 2015, the NCIR program has approved more than $877,000 for 68 investment projects, including:

Summer Work Experience for Geoscience Students

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Enhance your skills and prepare for your future by working as a summer 2018 field assistant with the Ontario Geological Survey!  Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 summer field season.