Applications for Permits to Prospect on Crown lands in Nunavut

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada reviews applications for permits to prospect on Crown lands in Nunavut to ensure they meet all requirements under the Nunavut Mining Regulations. Under the regulations, an application may be submitted between February 1st and the last business day of November each year. The Department reviews the application and issues the permit as soon as possible after January 31 in the year following the receipt of the application, usually within 75 days from the closing date of the application period.

Service standard: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada's goal is to review an application for permit to prospect on Crown lands in Nunavut and issue the permit as soon as possible after January 31 in the year following the receipt of the application and within 75 days from the closing date of the application period, provided the application is complete and meets all requirements under the Nunavut Mining Regulations.

The service standard applies to the following process of departmental review and approval of the authorization:

Performance target: The target for achieving this standard is 90%, under normal circumstances.

Performance results:
In 2014-15, the service standard was met 100% of the time.
In 2015-16, the service standard was met 100% of the time.
In 2016-17, the service standard was met 100% of the time.

Applying for Permits to Prospect on Crown lands in Nunavut: A permit to prospect issued under  the Nunavut Mining Regulations allows the permittee to exclusively prospect for minerals or stake a claim on lands subject to the prospecting permit, from February 1st of the year of issue for a period of three years, in the case of a permit in respect of an area located south of the 68th parallel of north latitude, or five years in the case of a permit in respect of an area located north of the 68th parallel of north latitude.

Application Form: The North

Service feedback: If service expectations have not been met, complaints and comments may be addressed to landsmining@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Mining Recorder's Office
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Nunavut Regional Office
Qimugjuk Building
PO Box 100
Iqaluit, NU  X0A 0H0
Telephone: (867) 975-4275
Email: landsmining@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca

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