Ontario introduces bill to “modernize” Mining Act – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – October 7, 2016)


A bill was introduced at Queen’s Park to set new regulations for mineral and aggregate extraction in the mining industry. New provincial legislation is coming out to update the rules on how extraction will be done in the mining and aggregate industry.

The Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act, introduced by the provincial government on Oct. 6, is aimed at setting new regulations on how these companies will operate in Ontario, will update fees and royalties, and will increase public participation in the entire extraction application process.

The government said the new management rules will improve environmental accountability and increase the oversight in this industry. In the mining industry, the government said the bill will “enhance” the province’s international competitiveness by allowing claims to be done online and improve how claims are registered via the electronic mining lands administration system.

The province said the online claims registration would make boundaries more precise.

“If passed, the Aggregate Resource and Mining Modernization Act will enable the province to implement a contemporary and efficient system to register mining claims,” said Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines in a statement.

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