MAM Update - April 10, 2018

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Ontario Launches Online Mining Claims

Province Completes Process to Modernize Mining Act

Today, Ontario is transitioning to an online, electronic Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS), replacing the province’s century-old traditional ground-staking methods and completing multi-phased efforts to modernize the Mining Act. The new online self-service system will allow anyone with a prospector's licence to register a claim — seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

In addition to simplifying the process, the new system will also improve how mining claims are registered, enhance the province’s competitiveness in the mining industry and help drive more international investment into our world-class mineral exploration and development sector.

Modernizing mining and exploration in the province is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

“Moving to online mining lands registration will help ensure Ontario remains a leading jurisdiction for mineral exploration and production. This move is part of our government’s committed to support a strong and vibrant exploration sector to ensure future mining developments.”
—  Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines

“The OMA is pleased to have participated in the Mining Act Modernization process and see the transition to an electronic Mining Lands Administration System as a positive achievement that will allow our members to acquire and manage claims more efficiently.”
—  Chris Hodgson, President, Ontario Mining Association

The new system is a made in Ontario system that will capitalize on lessons learned from other jurisdictions that already have online systems in place.

Online registration of mining claims is already in place in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan. Manitoba is in the process of implementation while a system in Nunavut is still in development.

Ontario currently has 38 active mines and has approximately 150 companies actively exploring more than 200 projects in Ontario.

Ontario accounts for over 25 per cent of mining jobs in Canada, with the mining industry creating over 26,000 direct and 50,000 indirect jobs in the province.

Consult our Claim Holder’s Guide to Conversion.

For more information visit us at our Modernizing the Mining Act website or call us at 1-888-415-9845.