Proposal for amendments to the Mine Development and Closure under Part VII of the Mining Act (O.Reg. 240/00)
Ontario Regulation 240/00
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
The Mining Act, R.S.O. 1990 c. M.14
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. 307/12. 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.
The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) has made changes to sections of the Ontario Regulation 240/00. These changes formalize the requirements for Aboriginal consultation for those submitting closure plans and closure plan amendments (proponents) for advanced exploration and mine production stage projects.
The changes require that Aboriginal consultation be conducted prior to submitting a certified closure plan or certified closure plan amendment and pursuant to direction from the Director of Mine Rehabilitation. Transition provisions may apply to projects initiated prior to November 1, 2012.
Effective November 1, 2012, provisions will be implemented to allow individuals or companies to apply to voluntarily rehabilitate an existing mine hazard that they did not create on Crown-held land, and without becoming liable for pre-existing environmental issues on the site.
March 12, 2012
Summary of Proposal:
As part of Phase II of the implementing regulations under the Mining Act, MNDM is proposing to amend the Mine Development and Closure Regulation to clarify requirements for Aboriginal consultation relating to Closure Plans (and amendments) for advanced exploration and mine production stage projects and to implement the voluntary rehabilitation of abandoned mine hazards under section 139.2 of the Mining Act, together with requirements for Aboriginal consultations for these types of rehabilitation projects.
November 1, 2012