Mining

Applications for a Mines Act Permit under the Mines Act, in order to explore and develop the Province's mineral, coal, placer, quarry and aggregate resources.

Choose the appropriate activity from the options below. Viewing the guidance before starting an application is recommended.

  • View Guidance – links you to detailed guidance for your activity’s application process or, in some cases, to the appropriate website for your activity.
  • Map an Area of Interest – links you to a map where you can find your area of interest on a map and research how it is currently being used.
  • Apply Now – if applicable, links directly to an application form, guidance page or website.

Coal Exploration

To explore and develop a coal deposit through mechanized means such as underground development, sampling; diamond drilling and may include including a bulk sample.

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Crown Land Quarry

An activity utilizing Crown land to mine, quarry, remove or store materials (such as soil, peat, sand, gravel rock and natural substances) used for construction purposes.

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Mineral Exploration

Explore for minerals through mechanized means, with minimal disturbance to the ground and the environment.

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Placer Exploration

Explore for deposits of placer minerals (e.g., gold. platinum, garnet etc.) through mechanized means or prescribed electric surveys, with minimal disturbance to the ground and the environment.

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Quarry - Construction Aggregate

Quarry construction aggregate, which may include the blasting of rock and primary processing of ore including all industrial minerals.

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Quarry - Industrial Mineral

Quarry industrial mineral or dimension/decorative stone, which may include blasting of mineral rock, and primary processing of ore including all industrial minerals.

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Sand and Gravel Pit

Extraction of aggregate which may include: access construction, crushing, screening, washing, blasting, timber cutting. NOTE: If on Crown land, see additional requirements.

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