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). 

MNDM is proposing that the current assessment work and claim staking/recording regulations be replaced to reflect the technical changes to the Mining Act contained in Schedule 2 of the Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act, 2017 (Bill 39) which received royal assent last spring.

Ontario is proposing to revoke its Mining Claim Regulation (Reg. 43/11) as staking and recording of mining claims will be replaced by online claim registration. A new mining claim regulation is proposed that would include provisions addressing:

  • new terminology reflecting the new types of mining claims;
  • details about registration including the limit on the number of cells that can be included in multi-cell claims;
  • details dealing with transactions relating to mining claims including amalgamation and transfers; and
  • provisions around the abandonment or voluntary surrender of a mining claim.

The province is also proposing to replace its Assessment Work Regulation (Reg. 6/96) with a new regulation that would allow claim holders to file assessment work reports and other documents digitally through MLAS which would eliminate paper processing. The current Electronic Assessment System (EAS) will be shut down. The regulation would also introduce new terminology and new rules that reflect cell claims and boundary claims, with updated rules for required assessment work, banking of assessment work credits and the distribution of assessment work credits to and from mining claims.

Also, technical details around providing reports and data in support of the submission of assessment work reports would be removed from regulation and placed into  a separate technical standards document.

The assessment work regulation proposal was developed in extensive consultation with industry and other groups.

This is the third in a series of postings on Ontario’s environmental and regulatory registries that provide an opportunity for feedback from Ontario’s mineral exploration community and other interested members of the public. Two previous sets of proposed regulation changes were each posted for 45 days in April and July. Consult either registry for more detailed information on the proposed regulation changes.

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