Mining Act Awareness Program


The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines’ (MNDM) Mining Act Awareness Program (MAAP) is an online educational program intended to provide a general introduction to mining claim registration and performing work on mining lands in accordance with the Mining Act. MAAP will also provide an overview of recent changes to the legislation and regulations that have occurred through Mining Act Modernization initiatives. By the end of this 60 minute program, you should be familiar with:

  • The purpose of the Mining Act, and how the Act and its regulations, directives, and policies affect the performance of early exploration activities in Ontario;
  • The consideration that needs to be given to Aboriginal and treaty rights;
  • The rights of private landowners, and other users of the land when planning to register a mining claim or perform early exploration activities;
  • The requirements for performing early exploration activities; and
  • The resources available to assist you in preparing for registering a mining claim and performing early exploration activities.

Who Should Take MAAP?

While anyone with an interest in the mining sequence and general requirements under the Mining Act is welcomed and encouraged to take MAAP, the following individuals must do so:

  • Anyone applying for or renewing a prospector’s licence, including lifetime licensees;
  • Anyone proposed to be listed as a “qualified supervisor” on an exploration plan or exploration permit application;
  • The claim holder/proponent who, or on whose behalf, early exploration activities in an exploration plan or exploration permit are being performed.


The material in this program is provided for educational purposes only, to provide a general understanding and awareness of Ontario’s Mining Act, highlighting recent changes to the Act and regulations, and to provide information about the roles and responsibilities of persons involved in mineral exploration and development in Ontario. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the contents of the program material, it is not intended to provide everything you need to know about mineral exploration and development. You should not rely upon it to determine your legal obligations; instead you should obtain independent legal advice that will take into account the existing legal framework, including the Mining Act and its regulations.

If you have any questions please contact the Provincial Recording Office at 1-888-415-9845 ext. 5742

Begin the Mining Act Awareness Program