MAM Update - September 2016

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Have You Georeferenced Your Mining Claims?

As part of the ongoing Mining Act Modernization process, Ontario is proposing to convert existing mining claims to new, cell-based claims, implement a province-wide system of online mining claim registration, and launch a new electronic Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS). In advance of the proposed conversion process, we have been encouraging you to georeference your claims. When you georeference your claim posts using the Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates and submit that data to the province, we can use it to address discrepancies, verify claim boundaries and more accurately indicate the claim’s location on the provincial map.

We’re Adding New Data Sets to CLAIMaps

We are in the process of updating the disposition layer on CLAIMaps to show more accurate locations of those leases and patents that have been georeferenced. Updated content for three mining divisions (Kenora, Red Lake and Patricia) will be coming online shortly, with other divisions to follow.

The Provincial Recording Office plots the coordinates of new surveys it receives onto the CLAIMaps disposition layer. The information is verified by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and uploaded into their Land Information Ontario (LIO) database.

We then review claims that have been georeferenced and use the best available data to adjust boundaries as needed. Clients are then able to see the accurate location of georeferenced older claims and newly recorded claims.

MAM Glossary

(Introducing you to proposed new terminology)

Final Determination/Delineation would be that point in time approximately 30 to 45 days after the staking hiatus begins, when the location of all claims has been finally determined, mapped on the provincial grid and claims become legally defined by their map location instead of by posts on the ground.

Reminder: Get Assessment Credits for Georeferencing!

For existing ground staked mining claims in unsurveyed territory that were staked prior to November 1, 2012, georeferencing costs may be eligible for one year of assessment credit.

Be Well Informed About Proposed Changes and What You May Need to Do

We remind clients that it is important for you to understand how the proposed conversion in pending Bill 155 (Mining Amendment Act, 2015) would affect your claims and your ability to choose how some claims would be converted.

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