New Hobby Mineral Collecting Guide

ERO number
Notice type
Mining Act, R.S.O. 1990
Posted by
Ministry of Mines
Notice stage
Proposal posted
Comment period
February 22, 2023 - April 8, 2023 (45 days) Open
Last updated

This consultation closes at 11:59 p.m. on:
April 8, 2023

Proposal summary

The Ministry of Mines (MINES) wants to provide further clarity for those requesting guidance on hobby mineral collecting.

Proposal details

As the ministry responsible for administering the Mining Act and regulating exploration and mineral development in the province, the Ministry of Mines recognizes hobby mineral collecting for its recreational and educational benefits to the public. The Hobby Mineral Collecting Guide (“guide”) will provide better certainty to the public wishing to collect minerals for hobby purposes. The guide will define hobby mineral collecting, describe where it can take place, and describe the circumstances in which the ministry will exercise enforcement discretion. The ministry will not enforce the requirements of the Mining Act and its regulations where hobby mineral collecting is conducted in accordance with this guide.

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Provincial Recording Office - Land Tenure and Assessment Unit

933 Ramsey Lake Road
3rd Floor
Sudbury, ON
P3E 6B5

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