Exploration plans and permitting

As of April 2013, Ontario exploration companies and prospectors are require to submit an exploration plan or permit for nearly all early exploration activities.
Exploration plans are submitted by a qualified supervisor who has taken and completed the mining act awareness program.

You must notify surface rights holders as well as affected first nations.

They must include all the information as prescribed here.

Once submitted, the MNDM will post/circulate your plan for public/native awareness for 30 days (plans) or 50 days (permits). If no modifications are needed and no group voices actionable concerns the exploration activities can commence at the end of the circulation time.

 

When do you need a permit/plan?

Nearly everything now requires a plan or permit

Early exploration activities include: 

Requires Exploration plan Activity Requires exploration permit
Stripped area does not exceed 100 square meters (combined) and is more than 200m from another stripped area. Aggregate of all areas to be stripped does not exceed 100 square meters. Mechanized stripping Up to advanced exploration threshold. 10000 square meters, 10000 cubic meters of material.
(2500 square meters if 100m from body of water)
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Yes Geophysical surveys requiring a generator No
Drill < 150kg Drilling Drill >= 150kg
Line < 1.5m Line Cutting Line > 1.5m
Single pit between 1 and 3 cubic meters or multiple pits if located with 200m of each other and combined are between 1 and 3 cubic meters. Surface trenching and pitting Up to advanced exploration threshold. 10000 square meters, 10000 cubic meters of material.
(2500 square meters if 100m from body of water)
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