Progress update – November 2013

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Why ongoing Mining Act Modernization?

Ontario has the largest metal mining sector in Canada, and accounts for nearly a quarter of the country’s mineral production.

Through new regulations, legislation and policies under Mining Act Modernization (MAM), Ontario aims to stay out in front when it comes to mineral exploration and development in Canada.

Improving how mineral sector activities are regulated in Ontario

Ontario’s mineral exploration industry and Aboriginal communities are continuing to work together under new Mining Act regulations, which the province has been introducing in phases since October 2009.

Following the most recent changes to modernize the Mining Act:

  • MNDM has approved more than $10 million in assessment credit for the georeferencing (GPS) of mining claims.
  • More than 2,100 prospectors and interested parties have taken the online Mining Act Awareness Program.
  • There are more than 330 active exploration plans and permits. This translates into planned exploration investment across the province over the next two-to-three years.

[figures are from November 1, 2012 to October 1, 2013]

"Exploration plan and permit numbers are what we expected at this stage, and indicate that industry is making a positive transition to comply with the new regulatory requirements aimed at further strengthening mining in Ontario."
- Michael Gravelle - Minister of Northern Development and Mines

What’s next?

As part of Bill 173 Mining Act Modernization phase 3 preparations are underway for the introduction of online staking.
With this system, a prospector would select mining claims on an online map.

Some benefits of map staking include:

  • Providing more timely notification of map staking to Aboriginal communities
  • Providing clients with around-the-clock access, via computer, to self-administer mining lands
  • Reducing disputes due to more certainty of claim boundaries
  • Eliminating the minimal  impact of ground staking

Online staking and a new mining lands administration system would not be implemented before 2015.

MNDM has posted information about the proposed Mining Act and regulatory changes under the next phase of MAM on Ontario’s Environmental Registry. The public is invited to submit comments by Jan. 31, 2014.

Questions or comments about the Mining Act Modernization process?

Visit ontario.ca/mines or email miningact@ontario.ca