Establishing a public registry for mining and exploratory licences of occupation information

ERO number
019-4442
Notice type
Regulation
Act
Mining Act, R.S.O. 1990
Posted by
Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry
Notice stage
Decision
Decision posted
Comment period
October 7, 2021 - November 21, 2021 (45 days) Closed
Last updated

This consultation was open from:
October 7, 2021
to November 21, 2021

Decision summary

The Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry has decided to amend the Mining Act, and O. Reg 45/11 under the Act to establish a public registry for licences of occupation, so the public can easily access the ministry’s information. The registry will be accessible through the Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS).

Decision details

Establishing this public registry required amendments to the Mining Act and O. Reg 45/11. These amendments are similar to the existing provisions that provide the authority for the mining claims registry.

The Provincial Recording Office maintains a mining claims registry that includes records, maps and information about mining claims and claim holders. This registry is accessible to the public through MLAS.

We have made a decision to establish a similar registry for licences of occupation.

Licences of occupation include:

  • Mining licences of occupation (MLO), which are licences that allow for the extraction of minerals located under beds of water.
  • Exploratory licences of occupation (ELO), which are licences that allow for the exploration of tracts of land and/or land under water.

The public registry will provide certainty to the public about the type of information that is available. It will allow the public to access the information in a more consistent, timely and efficient manner and assist research being undertaken about Ontario’s mineral industry.

By including information on licences of occupation in a public registry, the burden to request this information from the Provincial Recording Office is removed. 

  • Requesters currently pay a fee of $15/hour for ministry staff to gather the information and produce a report. The ministry typically receives approximately 10 requests per month, an estimation in savings annually of $1,800.
  • For companies or financiers doing due diligence into potential acquisitions or financings, transactional costs would be reduced. 

There is no increase or reduction of regulatory compliance requirements as a result of the amendments.

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The comment received highlights the improvements and ease for companies or financiers to access the MLO/ELO information themselves. The comment was in favor and supportive of the direction that the ministry is going with the establishment of the registry.

 

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Original proposal

ERO number
019-4442
Notice type
Regulation
Act
Mining Act, R.S.O. 1990
Posted by
Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry
Proposal posted

Comment period

October 7, 2021 - November 21, 2021 (45 days)

Proposal details

The Provincial Recording Office maintains a mining claims registry that includes records, maps and information about mining claims and claim holders. This registry is accessible to the public through MLAS.

Currently, there is no similar registry for mining and exploratory licences of occupation. In order to access the information that the ministry has, a request to the Provincial Recording Office must be made in writing or in person.

Industry representatives have asked for the mining and exploratory licences of occupation information to be more easily accessible, similar to the mining claim information.

Licences of occupation include:

  • Mining licences of occupation (MLO), which are licences that allow for the extraction of minerals located under beds of water.
  • Exploratory licences of occupation (ELO), which are licences that allow for the exploration of tracts of land and/or land under water.

The process for issuing mining and exploratory licences of occupation under the existing Mining Act regime requires the approval of the minister. They are generally issued for areas that are not open to claim registration.

The creation of a public registry would allow the public to access this information directly themselves, like they can for mining claims.

The public registry would provide certainty to the public about the type of information that is available. It would allow the public to access the information in a more consistent, timely and efficient manner and assist research undertaken about Ontario’s mineral industry. For companies or financiers doing due diligence into potential acquisitions or financings, transactional costs may be reduced. 

Establishing this public registry requires amendments to relevant provisions of O.Reg. 45/11. This will enable the proclamation of related provisions of the Mining Act that were passed as part of Bill 276. This will be timed concurrently with a technical update to MLAS.

Currently, the public pays a fee of $15/hour for ministry staff to gather the mining and exploratory licence of occupation information requested and produce a report. The ministry receives approximately 10 requests per month.

By establishing a public registry, this will be an approximate savings of $1,800 annually.

For companies or financiers doing due diligence into potential acquisitions or financings, transactional costs would be reduced. 

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Comment

Commenting is now closed.

This consultation was open from October 7, 2021
to November 21, 2021

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