On Monday, May 4, 2009, MNDMF posted a summary of the proposed legislative amendments to the Mining Act (Bill 173) on the Environmental Registry (#010-6559), soliciting comments from the public for a period of 60 days, ending Saturday, July 4, 2009.
At the end of the posting period, 750 responses were received regarding the legislative proposals through the Environmental Registry process. It should be noted, however, that of that 750, 86 comments were received through the Environmental Registry site directly and the other 664 comments were received through alternative media (emails, written letters, postcards).
All 86 comments received through the Environmental Registry site directly are available for public viewing by contacting the Contact person listed in this notice.
The Ministry received a wide variety of comments from a number of stakeholders from the mineral industry to environmental organizations to municipalities to private land owners.
Generally, there was a mixed reaction to the slate of proposed legislative amendments put forth in this posting. Some public and environmental non-governmental organizations expressed the opinion that the amendments may not go far enough to address concerns about the Mining Act in areas of environmental protection and municipal land-use planning. The withdrawal of Crown mineral rights in southern Ontario was generally met with approval from this stakeholder group
Mineral industry stakeholders communicated a concern that the amendments may go too far in addressing issues such as Aboriginal consultation and regulation of exploration activities. A number of comments expressed concerns regarding the prospector’s awareness program and the degree in which the details of the amendments will be shaped by the regulations that will be developed.
The Ministry considered all input received through this posting. Changes were made to the original proposal as reflected in the Mining Amendment Act, 2009.