Mines (Regulatory)

Exploration and Mining Guide

Advanced Exploration Projects

Definition of an Advanced Exploration Project

An advanced exploration project is defined as: excavation of an exploration shaft, adit or decline; construction of an all-weather access road to the site; diversion, alteration or damming of a natural watercourse for purposes of bulk sampling, mine development or mining; or other similar activities that may be associated with an advanced exploration project.

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Approval of Advanced Exploration Projects
Closure Plan
Hoisting Certificate
Using Diesel Equipment Underground
Related Acts & Regulations

You will find that advanced exploration in this province is typically completed under claim status. Leases are required only for production of minerals.

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Approval of Advanced Exploration Projects

Prior to beginning an advanced exploration project, submit project plans and closure plans with a financial security deposit to the Director of Mines. All advanced exploration project plans, etc., must be approved before proceeding with any work at this stage.

The Director will distribute the information to relevant government departments such as Sustainable Development, Labour, and Historic Resources for their review and clearance or for further indication of necessary actions.

Depending on the completeness of the information submitted and the extent of the activity; you:

  • Will be given the approval to proceed by the Director of Mines,
  • May need to submit a proposal for a staged Environment Act licence,
  • Or may be asked to provide a proposal and Environmental Impact Statement for a staged Environment Act licence. At the advanced exploration stage environmental licensing is generally completed in 60 days or less.

The Environment Act licensing process is described in the Environmental Regulations section of this guide.

Send the advanced exploration proposal to:

Director of Mines
Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade
Mines Branch
Suite 360 - 1395 Ellice Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada R3G 3P2
Telephone: 204-945-6522
Fax: 204-945-8427
E-mail: mines_br@gov.mb.ca

The Mines Branch will act as the lead agency and will schedule a meeting with the Department of Sustainable Development and Labour to discuss the project in detail.

Closure Plan

To proceed with an advanced exploration project, companies must also submit a closure plan for approval by the Director of Mines. The plan's role is to protect the environment during excavation, and ensure site rehabilitation once the project is complete.

Include the measures that will be taken to restore the land to its near-original state and to establish a satisfactory degree of safety, in the closure plan. A financial commitment may also be required as part of the closure plan. While the plan is submitted to Growth, Enterprise and Trade, the departments of Sustainable Development, and Labour participate in the closure approval process.

Should a project not proceed into production, a site inspection will be conducted once the company indicates it has met all the conditions outlined in the closure plan. Based on the site inspection, further closure measures may be required. A final report and site visit are necessary prior to the return of any unused portion of the financial deposit.

Manitoba Regulation 67/99 (Mine Closure Regulation) and the guidelines will be forwarded to you upon request.

Send to: Director of Mines

Turnaround Time: Dependent upon the scope and intent of the closure requirements.

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Hoisting Certificate

The specifications and installation of a hoist must meet the standards as set out in the Workplace Safety and Health Act, W210. Operators must be Manitoba certified. To gain certification an individual must complete the company training and apprenticeship program and pass a written and practical test conducted by a Mines Inspector.

If the candidate is already certified in another province, the required training time and testing will be adjusted accordingly.

To Apply: Contact the Mines Inspections Branch: 204-945-0848, Manitoba Labour.

As a Result: The Mines Inspector will arrange an examination date and should the candidate pass, a provisional certificate will be issued on the same day. In two week's time a permanent certificate, with the Director's approval, will be issued.

Using Diesel Equipment Underground

To use diesel equipment underground you'll need to comply with the standards set out in Section 111(1) of Manitoba Regulation 212/2011 (Operation of Mines Regulation). You'll also need to submit technical specifications to the Mines Inspection Branch for their review and approval. Information such as the description of the diesel unit, the provisions for fire protection, the aid system and ventilation is required. No diesel equipment is allowed at an underground workplace until written approvals are received.

To Apply: Contact the Mines Inspections Branch, Manitoba Labour, Mines Safety Branch, 204-945-0848.

Turnaround Time: Six days

Related Acts and Regulations

In developing your advanced exploration site you should also be aware of the acts and regulations pertaining to:

Construction and Operations - Site Access and Preparation:
Equipment, Security, Ventilation, Mechanical and Electrical, Ground Support, Ground Stability, De-Watering and Pumping, Air Quality; Noise Abatement:
Fuel Storage:
Safety and Health - Workplace Health and Material Information, First Aid, Sanitation, Ventilation, Fire, Mine Rescue:
Environmental - Water Quality, Mine Drainage, Mine Waste, Sewage

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