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Ontario Supporting Northern Film and Television Industry
December 15, 2017 - Ontario is investing in Northeastern Ontario's television and film production sector, creating jobs in the region and revenue for local businesses supporting film crews during production.

Ontario Government Expanding Bus Service Across the North
December 1, 2017 - Ontario is making it easier and more convenient for people to get where they need to go by improving transportation services within and between communities across Northern Ontario.

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MAM Update - Second Reading - October 2016

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act Called for Second Reading

Today in the Ontario Legislature, Bill 39 was called for second reading. After opening speeches, a certain amount of time is allotted for the bill to be debated in the House, which is likely to take place over a number of days, before it has its second reading.

MAM Update - October 2016

Mines and Minerals Division: 

September 1, 2017 Target Deadline for Georeferencing Mining Claims

If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to think about georeferencing mining claims recorded prior to November 1, 2012. As of that date, it has been required that all new mining claims be georeferenced using GPS technology that is in accordance with Ontario’s “Georeferencing Standards for Unpatented Mining Claims” guidelines.

MAM Update - Special Edition - October 2016

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Ontario Legislature Moving Forward With Mining Act Modernization Bill

Today at Queen’s Park, Ontario introduced the Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act, a bill to amend and modernize both the Mining Act under the auspices of the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Aggregate Resources Act.

With respect to modernizing the Mining Act, the new bill replaces legislative proposals contained in Bill 155, which was pre-empted by prorogation of the Ontario Legislature in September.

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.

MAM Update - August 2016

Mines and Minerals Division: 

Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS)

Ontario is proposing to move away from ground staked mining claims and to implement province-wide online mining claim registration and a new electronic Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS), as part of the ongoing roll-out of the Mining Act Modernization (MAM) process. The proposed changes to assessment work described in this bulletin depend on the enactment of technical amendments to the Mining Act and then developing a new assessment work regulation.