FAQ on 90-Day Transitional Period

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What is the 90-day transitional period?

The 90-day transitional period begins when the new regulations come into force. During this period, prospecting can continue but a moratorium on ground staking of claims will be in place. Furthermore, it will not be possible to select claims on map or to record them as the Nunavut Online Mining Rights Administration System will not yet be operational.

What is going to happen to my mineral rights during the 90-day transitional period?

The claims existing before the coming into force of the new regulations will see their period of validity extended until the 91st day beginning on the date of their coming into force.

During the 90-day transitional period, limited applications for claims presented in accordance with the former (2014) regulations will be accepted and processed by the Mining Recorder. However it will not be possible to stake new claims, request the cancellation of the recording of claims or transfer claims. Applications to record a claim will be accepted for claims staked within 60 days prior to the coming into force of the new regulations.

Lease applications and applications to reduce a lease will not be accepted but lease transfer will be allowed during that time.

Applications that are pending on the coming into force of the new regulations will be processed, except for prospecting permit applications.

Will ground staking be allowed during the 90-day transitional period?

Ground staking will not be allowed during the 90-day transitional period. However, an application to record a ground staked claim will be accepted if staking was done during the 60 days preceding the day the new regulations comes into force.

Will I still have to meet work and payment-in-lieu of work requirements during the 90-day transitional period?

During the 90-day transitional period, reports of work will not be accepted and both work and payment in lieu of work requirements will be suspended. The recording of claims will not be cancelled for lack of work or unpaid charges as the period of validity of claims will be extended until the 91st day beginning on the coming into force of the new regulations.

What will happen after the 90-day transitional period ends?

Existing claims will be converted to grid-based unit claims and displayed on a map through the Nunavut Map Viewer. The Nunavut Online Mining Rights Administration System will be fully operational. It will allow clients to select new unit claims, apply to record them and manage mineral rights.

Reports of work will be accepted if the work has been performed no more than four years before their submission date.

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