Mine Development

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The process of constructing a mining facility and the infrastructure to support the facility is known as mine development.

Mine development may involve many activities such as:

  • The preparation of the mine site by clearing trees and blasting rock
  • The construction of mining facilities such as head frames, administration buildings or mechanical shops
  • The creation of infrastructure such as power lines and substations, roads or water lines


Before beginning development, certain requirements must be met. These requirements include:


  • Regulatory Requirements Outside of ENDM provides a listing and descriptions of some of the regulatory permits and other requirements for common activities related to mineral exploration and development activities. The pdf document contains a left side navigation pane.  If your browser does not show this pane, save the pdf file to your computer and view with Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • For more information on developing a mine or determining the approvals required during construction, please contact the Mineral Exploration and Development Section or one of their local offices.