Mines (Regulatory)


Manitoba Prospectors Assistance Program (MPAP)

MPAP offers prospecting dollars annually to encourage mineral prospecting in the province.

  • MPAP provides grants to prospectors exploring on either their own properties or open Crown mineral land.

  • Qualified applicants can receive 50% of approved eligible costs to a maximum of $10,000 per fiscal year, upon completion of the field projects and submission of an acceptable technical report.

  • Qualified applicants with projects in remote areas can also receive 80% of approved charter air transportation in Manitoba to a maximum of $1,500.

  • Maximum grant of $11,500 per applicant per year.

  • Applicants must hold a Manitoba Prospecting Licence, be self-employed, experienced prospectors, and have a bona fide prospecting project within Manitoba.

  • Applicants must have a prospecting target that includes rocks or minerals other than crushed rock for construction purposes, sand, gravel, natural gas and petroleum.

Applications for summer projects must be submitted between May 1 and June 15 of the year in which the project is to be carried out or between November 1 and December 15 for winter projects.

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To Qualify
Submission Dates
Eligible Activities/Expenses
Maximum Assistance
Claiming for Reimbursement/Payment Method
Review and Approval of Projects

To Qualify Applicants Must:

  • Hold a Manitoba Prospecting Licence
  • Be experienced and self-employed while carrying out the proposed project
  • Have a prospecting project within Manitoba on mineral dispositions held by the applicant or open Crown mineral land

  • Have a prospecting target that may include rocks or minerals other than crushed rock for construction purposes, sand, gravel, natural gas and petroleum

Submission Dates:

Applications for summer projects must be submitted between April 1 and May 15 of the year in which the project is to be carried out or between November 1 and December 15 for winter projects

Eligible Activities/Expenses:

  • Wages - $325.00 per day for the prospector and  $275.00 per day for  employees of the prospector for each full day they are directly engaged in the project or while travelling to and from the nearest established Manitoba community
  • Living Allowance
  • 10% administration fee
  • transportation of prospectors, employees, equipment and supplies
  • operating supplies
  • contractors' and/or consulting services
  • rental of prospecting equipment
  • assays and/or other analyses
  • diamond drilling

For complete details on eligible expenditures please review the Prospectors Assistance Program Guidelines for Acceptable Expenditures as it provides the details on all eligible expenditures. A detailed list of expenditures is required for the final submission.

Maximum Assistance:

  • 50% of the approved expenditures incurred are paid up to $10,000.
  • 80% of the cost of one return charter flight (in remote areas) up to $1,500
  • Maximum grant of 11,500. per applicant per year

Claiming for Reimbursement/Payment Method:

  • A claim for reimbursement and reporting requirements must be completed and submitted by November 15 of the same year for summer programs or by March 31 of the following year for winter programs

  • Included in the Final Report is a location map of field work, a description of all work performed and results obtained, and any other data pertinent to the program

  • A lump sum payment will be made once the final report has been approved

Review and Approval of Projects:

All applications and prospecting project proposals will be carefully reviewed and rated on an evaluation system.  This rating is done to determine whether the applications meet acceptable standards.  In the event that the Program is oversubscribed, the applications with higher ratings will be approved.  In light of this, we recommend that applicants strengthen their submissions with:

  1. a good quality technical outline with maps and reason for the proposed project,

  2. outline and proof, if possible, of education/training and prospecting experience,

  3. list of any option agreements made with applicant on his properties; and

  4. references.

All applicants will be advised within 10 working days of the closing date for applications whether their proposal has been accepted and at what level of funding.

For program details or extra application forms, please contact:

MEAP Coordinator
Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade
1395 Ellice Ave Suite 360
Winnipeg MB R3G 3P2
Telephone: 204 945-6586
Fax: 204 945-8427
Toll free: 1-800-223-5215
E-mail: meap@gov.mb.ca

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