Mines (Regulatory)

Exploration and Mining Guide

Registered for Business - Licensed to Explore

Business Registration

All companies conducting business in Manitoba must be registered under The Corporations Act, administered by Manitoba Sports, Culture and Heritage.

To register an existing company in Manitoba or if you have any specific questions, contact the Companies Office.

Turnaround Time: If the company name can be reserved, then the whole process will be completed within 90 days of the "reserving". If the name cannot be reserved, a new name must be chosen and the approval time will progress accordingly.

Raising Investment Funds

Any offering of shares as securities to the public must be approved by the Manitoba Securities Commission. This applies to all companies regardless of "where" they are incorporated or registered.

iMaQs Registration

All companies or individuals holding or managing dispositions in Manitoba must be registered in iMaQs (Integrated Mining and Quarry System).

To register in iMaQs, go to http://www.manitoba.ca/iem/mines/imaqs/index.html and click on "Tutorials". 

If you have conducted business in Manitoba previously, complete the first two tutorials before creating a profile in iMaQs. 


License to Explore

Prospecting Licence

An individual must obtain a prospecting licence. This licence gives you the right to conduct mineral exploration on Crown Lands and to stake claims. An individual must be over eighteen years of age to apply for this lifetime, non-transferable licence.

To Apply: Prospecting Licences can be applied for while creating your iMaQs profile or you may complete an Application for Prospecting Licence (Form MB1).

Please note, you will need to be registered in iMaQs before a prospecting licence can be issued.

Company Prospecting Licence

A company who intends to apply for or hold a mineral exploration licence (MEL) must apply for a company prospecting licence. It too is a lifetime, non-transferable licence.

To Apply: Company Prospecting Licence may be applied for while creating the iMaQs profile or complete an Application for Prospecting Licence (Form MB2).

For your convenience all prospecting licence applications can be filed at any of the Growth, Enterprise and Trade offices listed on the application form. Please note, your Company will need to be registered in iMaQs before a Company prospecting licence can be issued.

Turnaround Time: Same day for company and temporary individual licences; 2-3 weeks for a permanent individual prospecting licence.


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