More Progress in Mining Act Modernization
McGuinty Government Promoting Sustainable Mineral Exploration and Development
Ontario is modernizing the way companies stake and explore their claims to be more respectful of Aboriginal communities and private landowners.
New rules under the province's Mining Act include:
- New requirements for notifying private landowners and consulting with Aboriginal communities potentially affected by proposed exploration activities.
- New tools to help protect sites of Aboriginal cultural significance.
- An awareness program for prospectors about the Mining Act changes.
- More ways to keep mining claims in good standing.
- New early exploration requirements to help minimize the impact on the environment.
The rules were developed in close partnership with industry stakeholders and Aboriginal representatives and take effect on Nov. 1, 2012. These changes will help ensure that mineral exploration and development in Ontario continues to occur in a balanced, socially and environmentally responsible manner.
Supporting a sustainable mining sector is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create jobs for Ontarians, create opportunities for Aboriginal communities and strengthen the economy.
- The first phase of Mining Act changes came into effect in 2011 and included the mandatory notification of private landowners at staking, and the introduction of paper staking in southern Ontario.
- In 2011, exploration spending reached a record $1 billion in Ontario, accounting for 26 per cent of the national total.
- There are over 600 active mineral exploration projects in Ontario.
- Ontario accounts for over 25 per cent of mining jobs in Canada, with the mining industry creating over 27,500 direct and 50,000 indirect jobs in the province.
“We’ve brought a 100-year-old piece of legislation into the 21st century. Through these regulations, as well as our ongoing work with industry and Aboriginal communities, we can all ensure Ontario continues to be a leading jurisdiction for mineral exploration investment for decades to come.”
“These changes will ensure Aboriginal communities are appropriately notified and consulted throughout critical points in the mining sequence, from early exploration to mine closure. This will help industry and Aboriginal communities to build positive relationships and ensure respect for Aboriginal and treaty rights as well as the protection of sites of Aboriginal cultural significance.”
“The Ontario Mining Association appreciates the consultative and focused approach to the development of new Mining Act regulations. Ontario competes with other jurisdictions for mining investment, and a clearly defined regulatory environment is critical to ensuring the province continues as a mining leader.”