The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) has consulted extensively on the introduction of online claim staking across the province – starting with the Ontario Mineral Development Strategy in 2006, continuing with respect to Bill 173 (the Mining Amendment Act, 2009) and in a number of subsequent postings on the Environmental Registry. The foundation for online staking was enacted as part of Bill 173; however, as the necessary Information Technology (IT) system and processes were not assessed at that time, some further technical changes are necessary to properly implement online staking, supported by a new, fully integrated mining lands administration system. This proposal is to make minimal technical changes to the Mining Act that would allow implementation of online staking and modernized mining lands administration, and would also provide for necessary transition rules.
Further details of the proposal for proper implementation of online staking and mining lands administration are provided in the attached document entitled, The Next Step: Continuing the Implementation of Mining Act Modernization in Ontario. If the legislative changes contemplated in this proposal are enacted, regulations would be developed and proposals for regulations would be posted for public review and comment.
The purpose of this notice is to elicit public comment on the MNDM’s proposal to amend to the Mining Act as discussed in the proposal document entitled, The Next Step: Continuing the Implemetation of Mining Act Modernization in Ontario and to provide a framework to stakeholders for providing input on the proposed changes in order to develop the appropriate regulatory framework.
Please note that aspect of the proposal regarding the proposed approach to conversion of legacy mining claims to cell-based claims has been updated.
Please refer to: EBR Registry Number 012-2993 for details
This proposal was posted for a 63 day public review and comment period starting November 29, 2013. Comments were to be received by January 31, 2014.
All comments received during the comment period are being considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry.
Please Note: All comments and submissions received have become part of the public record.
MNDM has consulted extensively on Online staking as a part of the Mining Act Modernization process, including as part of the proposal: Ontario’s New Mining Act: Workbook on Development of Regulations, which was posted on the Registry for 120 days. If proposed Mining Act technical changes are enacted, proposals for implementing regulations would be posted for public review and comment as they are developed.