Mineral Development and Lands Branch Policies

The ministry is in the process of reviewing and updating its policies to reflect recent changes to the Mining Act as they relate to the implementation of online mining claim registration and an electronic Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS). Until further notice, visitors should consider this content to be in transition and subject to modifications.

This site contains Mineral Development and Lands Branch policies. These policies are developed to aid clients on implementation of relevant Mining Act provisions and Regulations.

These policies are being reviewed and updated to reflect the recent changes to the Mining Act. As the policies are finalized, they will be posted here. Please check back regularly or contact the Provincial Recording Office for assistance.

Under subsection 35(2) of Ontario's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Ministry is required to make these policies available for public viewing in a reading room or designated office. The Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines has chosen the Internet as the reading room that can reach the widest group of its clients.

Dispute Resolution at Early Exploration

Exclusion of Time: For Performing and/or Filing Assessment Work

Extension of Time: For Assessment Work Due Dates for Mining Claims

Notification of Proposed Exploration Work to Surface Rights Owners

Relief from Forfeiture Unpatented Mining Claims

Reservations: The 120-Metre Shoreline Surface Rights Reservation

Sites of Aboriginal Cultural Significance : Withdrawals and Surface Rights Restrictions

Voluntary Rehabilitation of Mine Hazards