On Friday, October 6, 2017, the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (“MNDM”) released a revised roll-out schedule for the final phase of modernizing Ontario’s Mining Act through their October 2017 bulletin. This will mark the end of claim staking in the province and the implementation of the new Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS). Please make note of the new dates as the change in key milestones may have an impact on your lands management strategies, obligations and decisions.
Where to Start
The fabric, method of acquisition and management of unpatented mining claims in Ontario is about to change.
Are you ready?
The traditionally manual system of ground and paper staking and managing unpatented mining claims in Ontario will be replaced with an innovative online Mining Lands Administration System referred to as “MLAS”. Upon “conversion” to the online system, all active unpatented claims will be converted from their place on the land being legally defined by claim posts on the ground or by township survey to being legally defined by their cell and coordinate location on the provincial grid in CLAIMaps.