Mines (Regulatory)

Informational Notices

Effective immediately: All Private Aggregate Applications must be accompanied by a Land Title Certificate and sent to the Mines Branch. The copy must be dated within the last 30 days. To request a copy, please contact The Property Registry at tprclient@tprmb.ca, via phone at 1-844-737-5684 or visit www.tprmb.ca.
Online Private Aggregate Applications submitted today are for the current year. Applications for the following year must be made on or after January 1st.


Manitoba has extended double work assessment credits for all eligible exploration expenses up to December 31, 2019 to help companies explore through these challenging economic times.


  1. Work done on mineral leases, quarry exploration permits and potash exploration permits is not eligible for double required work credits.
  2. Eligible work is to take place between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2019.
  3. The work must be submitted in the form of a technical report of work in accordance with the regulations and can discuss only work conducted during the period of January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2019.
  4. The actual amount of work performed on each disposition must be reported as required by the regulations. Do not double the work amount when reporting the work.
  5. The amount of work reported on each mineral disposition will be doubled by the Mines Branch after the report has been reviewed and approved.
  6. Assay Credit Coupons issued to individuals will not be doubled.
  7. Reports must be received by December 31, 2020 to be eligible for double work credits.


The use of ink stamps in the act of staking a claim has been brought to the attention of Mines Branch. Please click here for a letter outlining Mines Branch’s position on the use of such tools.


The Mines Branch has instituted a new application rejection policy effective April 1, 2015. The policy is aimed at incomplete applications that slow down processing of applications that are complete. When an application is rejected the application fees will be returned whenever possible. Further information and a listing of reasons for application rejection can be found here.


NOTICE REGARDING FEE INCREASES:  Effective May 1, 2013, the fees will increase on most mining and quarry related applications, rentals, royalty rates and rehabilitation levy. The general increase is based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from 2006, the year of the last increase. The applicable regulations showing the new rates can be viewed by selecting from the links below:
Drilling Regulation, 1992, amendment
Mineral Disposition and Mineral Lease Regulation, 1992, amendment
Quarry Minerals Regulation, 1992, amendment


NOTICE REGARDING APPLICATIONS FOR WORK PERMIT WITHIN PROVINCIAL PARKS: Manitoba Conservation has advised that all applications for work permits within Provincial Parks will require an extended review and approval process. To accommodate the review process please ensure applications are submitted well in advance of the planned exploration work.


NOTICE: As of December 2, 2011, new requirements for reports of work are in effect. As well, reports of work can now be submitted digitally on CD or DVD. See regulation amendments for details.


NOTICE: To all holders of mineral dispositions and leases covering former mine and tailings sites

Section 77(1) of The Mines and Minerals Act states:

Rights not conveyed
77(1) The right to stake out or record a claim does not include the right to sell or otherwise dispose of tailings, sand, gravel or stone found in, upon or under the subject land or to sell or otherwise dispose of buildings, structures, machinery or chattels located on the land and such tailings, sand, gravel, stone, buildings, structures, machinery and chattels are reserved to the Crown together with the right of access to such tailings, sand, gravel, stone, buildings, structures, machinery and chattels.

Former mine and tailings sites are environmentally sensitive areas and any exploration activities in these areas may expose you to health and safety risks as well as the environmental liabilities for the area.

  • Before carrying out any exploration activities in these areas you must obtain the required permits from the local Manitoba Conservation office. The approval of these permits may take an extended period of time.
  • If permits are granted, exploration activities must be carried out in a safe manner and adequate precautions must be taken to protect yourself and employees from unsafe conditions.
  • If in doubt, contact the Chief Mining Engineer at 204-945-6517.

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