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:

“…we feel that now is the time to implement these amendments, because technology provides us with tools that are user-friendly and readily accessible. Our government is absolutely committed to providing Ontarians with the best services possible. The mineral sector now demands up-to-date technologies to maintain Ontario’s position as a top global mining jurisdiction…we are determined to increase efficiencies with processes that would encourage more exploration and help foster more mineral discoveries.”

New Data Set Added

Last month we updated the disposition and mining claim layers on CLAIMaps for three Ontario mining divisions (Kenora, Red Lake and Patricia) to show more accurately the locations of unpatented mining claims leases and patents that have been georeferenced.

These same data layers for the Southern Ontario mining division will been added to CLAIMaps the week of November 14th. The reconciled data will show adjustments to the unpatented mining claims in a blue hatching. We encourage you to review your claims in the divisions that have been reconciled and if you have not already done so, we strongly encourage you to georeference your claims before the proposed September 1, 2017 deadline. You can activate a demonstration of the proposed provincial grid by launching CLAIMaps, accepting the terms and conditions, selecting the “map layers”option under the MAP INFORMATION tab, expanding the CLAIMAPS index and selecting “Provincial Grid”.

MAM Glossary

(Introducing you to proposed new terminology)

A Claim Boundary Report (CBR) would be an optional pre-conversion tool for claim holders. If the same claim holder has two or more legacy claims sharing a cell, on conversion those claims would merge into a single claim for that cell. To avoid that result, claim holders could use a CBR to identify which legacy claims they don’t want to have merged on conversion and instead, the original boundaries of the legacy claims would be preserved as boundary claims. This would be useful for legacy claims that are subject to option and other business agreements, and for maintaining the boundaries of claimgroups. A claim holder would not have to give a reason for submitting a CBR.

Stakeholder Information Sessions Scheduled:

You can learn more Phase III of Ontario’s Mining Act Modernization project at the following prospector association events this fall:

  • Thursday, November 10, 7:00 p.m.
    Thompson Room, Civic Centre, Sault Ste. Marie
  • Tuesday, November 15, 7:00 p.m.
    Room 261, Confederation College, Thunder Bay
  • To Be Confirmed – sessions in Sudbury and Tweed.

You can learn more by visiting our Mining Act Modernization website or by contacting the Provincial Recording Office at 1-888-415-9845