Province Proposes Legislation to Modernize Mining

Today Ontario introduced legislation as part of the ongoing Mining Act Modernization process that, if passed, would improve how mining claims are registered and enhance the province’s global competitiveness in the mining industry.

“These proposed amendments to the Mining Act will, if passed, implement a modern and efficient system to register mining claims and enhance Ontario’s competitive advantage as a leading mining jurisdiction.” said Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines

The proposed Mining Amendment Act, 2015, would enable the online registration of mining claims as well as a modernized electronic mining lands administration system.

Online mining claim registration would benefit the province’s mining sector by encouraging prospecting, claim registration and exploration, key to the future development of new mines. It would also be more respectful of private landowners and eliminate the impact on the environment of ground staking of mining claims.

Ontario is continuing its Mining Act Modernization process to ensure it remains a global leader in mineral exploration and development.

In 2014, Ontario’s mining sector supported 26,000 direct jobs, 50,000 additional jobs in processing and manufacturing, and produced $11 billion in minerals.

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