Les Metaux Niobay Incorporated, Niobay Metals Incorporated - Mineral exploration permit

Instrument type: Mineral exploration permit

ERO number
Ministry reference number
Notice type
Mining Act, R.S.O. 1990
Posted by
Ministry of Mines
Notice stage
Proposal Updated
Proposal posted
Comment period
November 27, 2023 - December 27, 2023 (30 days) Closed
Last updated

Update Announcement

The proposal notice is being updated on January 15th, 2024 to advise the public that the permit application is still under review and the Ministry is considering concerns raised by an Aboriginal community which warrant additional time to adequately consider. The original proposal date and comment period have not been altered.

This consultation was open from:

November 27, 2023
to December 27, 2023

Proposal summary

The Ministry is proposing to issue a permit to Les Metaux Niobay Incorporated / Niobay Metals Incorporated (“the proponent”) to undertake early exploration activities.

Location details

Site location details

The early exploration activities are located approximately 60 kilometres south of Moosonee, Ontario, in the Townships of West of Marberg Creek Area, and West of Flinch Lake Area, District of Cochrane, Northeast Region.

To view individual leases on a map please use the Mining Lands Administration System. Click on “Search by Location” and select “Mining Lease” to search by lease numbers or “Find a township” to search by township.

Lease numbers: LEA-20056

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Les Metaux Niobay Incorporated, Niobay Metals Incorporated
300-1100 avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal
Montréal , QC
H3B 2S2

Proposal details

The proponent has submitted an application to the ministry for an exploration permit as required under the Mining Act for prescribed early exploration activities.

The activities that this permit would allow the proponent to carry out are as follows:

  • mechanized drilling (where the drill weight is greater than 150 kilograms)

The potential disturbance from the activities are described as:

Mechanized Drilling: provides rock samples from below the surface. Testing the samples determines the properties of the soil and rocks, including mineral and metal content. Potential environmental disturbances include (but are not limited to): clearing surface terrain for “drill pads” (small areas cleared for drill rigs and/or helicopters), installing casings (hollow steel pipes called the collar), and pumping water from a sump, nearby lakes, rivers or streams.

Proponents are required to follow provincial standards for early exploration to minimize the impacts to public health, safety and the environment from early exploration activities described above. You can find the standards in the Activities Information Sheets or on the Ministry website under Mining Act Policies, Standards and Directives (see links in “Related links” section).

This notice is provided to receive comments that can be considered in the decision-making process prior to the issuance of an exploration permit.

An Exploration Permit does not relieve the proponent from compliance with any other requirements that are set out under the Mining Act or any other Act. All activities included in the Exploration Permit proposal must be carried out in compliance with Ontario Regulation 308/12 and the Provincial Standards for Early Exploration. The Exploration Permit duration will be up to 3 years with the possibility of renewal.

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Mineral Development Office (Timmins)

5520 Highway 101 E Highway
PO Box 3060
South Porcupine Ontario, ON
P0N 1H0

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Commenting is now closed.

The comment period was from November 27, 2023
to December 27, 2023

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Jason A. Postma

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Mineral Development Office (Timmins)

5520 Highway 101 E Highway
PO Box 3060
South Porcupine Ontario, ON
P0N 1H0

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