• Introduction
  • Before Staking A Mining Claim
  • Staking and Recording a Mining Claim
  • Keeping a Mining Claim in Good Standing
  • Working a Mining Claim - Early Exploration Activities
  • Advancing Through the Mining Sequence
  • Collect information
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The Mining Act Awareness Program (MAAP) is an online educational program intended to provide a general introduction to mining claim staking and working mining claims in accordance with the Mining Act. The MAAP will also provide an overview of recent changes to the legislation and regulations. By the end of this 60-minute program, you should be familiar with:

  • The purpose of the Mining Act, its regulations, and operational policies that guide the carrying out of early exploration activities in Ontario;
  • The consideration that needs to be given to Aboriginal and treaty rights, the rights of private landowners, ecological and natural values and other users of the land when planning for staking or early exploration activities;
  • The requirements for carrying out early exploration activities; and
  • The resources available to assist you in preparing for claim staking and early exploration activities.

Who Should Take the MAAP?

While anyone with an interest in the mining sequence and general requirements under the Mining Act is welcomed and encouraged to take the MAAP, the following individuals must do so:

  • Anyone applying for or renewing a prospector’s licence;
  • All prospector licensees, including lifetime licensees, no later than November 1, 2014.
  • Anyone proposed to be listed as a “qualified supervisor” on an exploration plan or exploration permit.


The material in this program is provided for educational purposes only, to provide a general understanding and awareness of Ontario’s Mining Act, highlighting recent changes to the Act and regulations, and to provide information about the roles and responsibilities of persons involved in mineral exploration and development in Ontario. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the contents of the program material, it is not intended to provide everything you need to know about mineral exploration and development. You should not rely upon it to determine your legal obligations; instead you should obtain independent legal advice that will take into account the existing legal framework, including the Mining Act and its regulations.

If you have any questions please contact the Provincial Recording Office.