Mining & Minerals in Nunavut and on Crown Lands under the Administration of AANDC in the Northwest Territories

What's New

The Northwest Territories and Nunavut Mining Regulations has been repealed and replaced with two separate regulations, the Nunavut Mining Regulations and the Northwest Territories Mining Regulations. The new regulations are in force starting from March 31, 2014. The updated regulations better meet current administrative, industry and legal standards.

Starting from April 1, 2014, land and resource management responsibilities in the Northwest Territories will be devolved to the Government of the Northwest Territories. The new territorial mining regulations are expected to substantially mirror the federal mining regulations. However, the federal Northwest Territories Mining Regulations will continue to apply to certain specific parcels of lands in the Northwest Territories. These lands are listed in Schedule 4 of the Northwest Territories Devolution Agreement.

Canada's North is rich in mineral resources and the development of these resources provides socio economic benefits to Northerners. Crown lands in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories are managed pursuant to the Territorial Lands Act and its related Regulations. In the northern territories sub-surface lands include hard-rock minerals, precious gems and coal. The rights to these materials are administered through the Nunavut Mining Regulations and the Northwest Territories Mining Regulations and the Territorial Coal Regulations. There is a distinction between sub-surface minerals and surface mineral substances that have specific purposes such as carving stone and building materials. These special use surface minerals are administered through the Territorial Quarry Regulations.

For more information on the Nunavut Mining Regulations, the Northwest Territories Mining Regulations, the Territorial Coal Regulations, mining royalty, major mining projects, Mineral and Energy Resource Assessments for the purpose of determination of park boundaries, or for more information on policy and legislative issues or initiatives affecting mineral exploration and development in the North, please contact:

Petroleum and Mineral Resources Management Directorate
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
25 Eddy Street, 10th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0H4
Tel: 819-997-9828
Fax: 819-953-9066

For more information on the administration of subsurface rights and mineral tenures, including issuance of prospectors' licences, prospecting permits, minerals claims, claim tags, claim maps, minerals leases, or for information on mineral rights records and mineral disposition reports, please contact the Mining Recorder's Office in Nunavut.

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