Modernizing the Mining Act: Update Bulletins

MAM Update - December 2016

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Bill 39 Sent to Committee

Second reading debate on Bill 39 at Queen’s Park ended on November 15 and the bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy for review. The committee will decide how, where and when to entertain public comment and then will review the Bill section by section and consider amendments. All told the bill was debated for more than nine hours in the Ontario Legislature since it was introduced on October 27th. Here are some excerpts of the debate:

MAM Update - November 2016

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Queen’s Park Debates Bill 39

Debate on the proposed Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act (Bill 39) has begun in the Ontario Legislature. When second reading was called on October 27th, Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle said:

MAM Update - Second Reading - October 2016

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act Called for Second Reading

Today in the Ontario Legislature, Bill 39 was called for second reading. After opening speeches, a certain amount of time is allotted for the bill to be debated in the House, which is likely to take place over a number of days, before it has its second reading.

MAM Update - October 2016

Mines and Minerals Division: 

September 1, 2017 Target Deadline for Georeferencing Mining Claims

If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to think about georeferencing mining claims recorded prior to November 1, 2012. As of that date, it has been required that all new mining claims be georeferenced using GPS technology that is in accordance with Ontario’s “Georeferencing Standards for Unpatented Mining Claims” guidelines.

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.

MAM Update - September 2016

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Have You Georeferenced Your Mining Claims?

As part of the ongoing Mining Act Modernization process, Ontario is proposing to convert existing mining claims to new, cell-based claims, implement a province-wide system of online mining claim registration, and launch a new electronic Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS). In advance of the proposed conversion process, we have been encouraging you to georeference your claims.

MAM Update - August 2016

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS)

Ontario is proposing to move away from ground staked mining claims and to implement province-wide online mining claim registration and a new electronic Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS), as part of the ongoing roll-out of the Mining Act Modernization (MAM) process. The proposed changes to assessment work described in this bulletin depend on the enactment of technical amendments to the Mining Act and then developing a new assessment work regulation.

MAM Update - May 2016

Mines and Minerals Division: 

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Conversion is Coming

Legislation enabling the third phase of Ontario’s work to modernize the Mining Act was tabled at Queen’s Park and proposes to convert Ontario’s manual system of ground and paper staking, and maintaining unpatented mining claims to an online system. At conversion, ALL active, unpatented claims would be converted from their legally-defined claim posts on the ground or by township survey to a cell-based provincial grid. Following conversion, the claims would be legally defined by their cell on the grid and coordinate location in CLAIMaps.

MAM Update - February 2016

Mines and Minerals Division: 

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How We Got Here

Our proposed legislation was developed following consultation with Ontario’s mineral exploration and development stakeholders and engagement with Aboriginal communities and groups that included:

Progress update – March 2015

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Preview Ontario’s Proposed Provincial Grid

Preview a demo of the proposed provincial grid on the CLAIMaps system to visualize your claim holdings under the proposed online system.

Moving from Ground-based to Cell-based Mining Claims

As part of the ongoing Mining Act Modernization process, Ontario is proposing to implement an online mineral tenure acquisition process. Under the proposed system, you would go online to select predefined cells on a provincial grid, and register mining claims for those cells.

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