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Top News Stories

Expanding Broadband Infrastructure in Remote Northern Ontario
October 6, 2017 - People living in five Northern Ontario First Nation communities will be able to connect with friends and family across Canada and around the world, and have improved access to distance education, skills training, and new business opportunities, thanks to a joint investment from the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario of up to $69.2 million in the Ring of Fire region.

Ontario Supporting New Jobs in Timmins
September 27, 2017 - Ontario is helping to create over 70 new jobs in Timmins by investing in 13 mining supply and services projects. 

Recent News

MAM Update - October 6, 2017

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Final Phase of Modernizing Ontario’s Mining Act to Launch in January 2018 

Pre-Conversion Period to Begin January 9, 2018

The final phase of Ontario’s plan to modernize the Mining Act will begin early in the new year. The province has set official dates for the historic end of claim staking in the province as well as for the implementation of both stages of the new Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS). These dates are subject to Cabinet approval.

Publications Release Notice — October 3, 2017

Mines and Minerals Division: 

The following publications are being released on October 3, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, or 9:00 a.m. Central Time, unless otherwise indicated. To automatically receive the Publications Release Notice by email, subscribe to the distribution list by contacting Publication Sales.

MAM Update - Special September 2017

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Ontario’s Spatial Data Update Completed in CLAIMaps

All nine mining divisions now contain current georeferenced data

With the addition this week of data from the Thunder Bay Division, all nine mining divisions in Ontario now feature updated information that more accurately presents the location of unpatented mining claims, leases and patents in CLAIMaps.

MAM Update - September 15, 2017

Mines and Minerals Division: 

New Proposed Regulations Posted to Ontario Environmental and Regulatory Registries

Industry/Public Input Invited

The revocation and replacement of two existing Mining Act regulations are the latest proposed regulatory changes being put forward for public input. This is part of Ontario’s work to implement online mining claim registration and an electronic Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS). 

MAM Update - August 8, 2017

Mines and Minerals Division: 

New Conversion Demonstration Tool Available in CLAIMaps

We have updated and enhanced our CLAIMaps IV application in preparation for the implementation of the Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act (Bill 39). This new version launched recently and includes a new online Claim Conversion Demonstration and Claim Boundary Report (CBR) Tool.