Applications for Licence to Prospect on Crown lands in Nunavut
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Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada reviews applications for licence 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 at any time. The Department reviews the application and issues the licence as soon as possible, usually within 30 days of receiving a completed application.
Service standard: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada's goal is to review an application for licence to prospect on Crown lands in Nunavut and issue the licence within 30 days of receiving the application, 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:
Review the application for licence to prospect; and
Issue the licence to prospect.
Performance target: The target for achieving this standard is 90%, under normal circumstances.
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 a Licence to Prospect: A licence to prospect issued under the Nunavut Mining Regulations allows the holder of the licence to prospect for the purpose of staking a claim or to undertake the staking of a claim.
Only a holder of a valid licence to prospect may apply to record a claim, apply for a prospecting permit, be issued a mining lease, or acquire a claim, permit, lease or perform any transaction under the mining regulations.