Proposal for a new regulation under the Mining Act "Exploration Plans and Permits"
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
The Mining Act, R.S.O. 1990
Summary of Decision:
A decision was made to proceed with the proposal as described, subject to changes made below as a result of public consultation.
The proposal was implemented by O. Reg. 308/12. This regulation amendment was filed by the Registrar of Regulations on October 4, 2012 and was published in the Ontario Gazette on October 20, 2012.
Exploration Plans: In order to undertake certain early exploration activities, an exploration plan must be submitted, and any surface rights owners must be notified. Aboriginal communities potentially affected by the planned activities will be notified by the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) and have an opportunity to provide feedback before the proposed activities can be carried out. Submission of an exploration plan is voluntary beginning November 1, 2012. Exploration plans will be mandatory as of April 1, 2013.
Exploration Permits: Some early exploration activities will require an exploration permit. Those activities will only be allowed to take place once the permit has been approved by MNDM. Surface rights owners must be notified when applying for a permit. Permit Proposals will be posted for comment by the public on the Environmental Registry for 30 days. Aboriginal communities and Métis potentially affected by the planned activities will be notified by MNDM and have an opportunity to provide comments and feedback before a decision is made on the permit. Obtaining an exploration permit is voluntary beginning November 1, 2012. Exploration permits will be mandatory as of April 1, 2013.
March 12, 2012
Summary of Proposal:
Introduction to Proposed Exploration Plans and Permits Regulation:
MNDM is proposing a new Exploration Plans and Permits Regulation that would apply to early exploration activities that take place before an advanced exploration stage project and closure plan is triggered. The regulation would include requirements for notification of surface rights owners, Aboriginal consultation and rehabilitation requirements for carrying out exploration as well as rehabilitation of exploration sites when the activity is completed. The Ministry proposes to phase-in the provisions for Exploration Plans and permits and to make them mandatory within six months after the regulation is approved.
November 1, 2012