Northern Prospectors Association


The NPA is one of seven regional associations affiliated with the Ontario Prospectors Association which was developed in 1987 to create a province wide lobbying group on policies of concern to the mining industry.

The Northern Prospectors Association is comprised of various members of the mining exploration community. Most members are prospectors and geologists who work in the Kirkland Lake area. Members receive a monthly newsletter published in association with the Ontario Prospectors Association. Topics covered in the "Explorationist" include the environment, computers, land use issues, mining law and political commentary.

The executive and other volunteers participate in a variety of activities including membership on several local and provincial committees. Guest speakers and short courses on topics such as geophysics, geology and gun safety help keep members up to date with rapidly changing technology and legislation. Community involvement is also important to the NPA. Tourists and locals alike enjoy the NPA gold panning events. The relationships between the history and geology of the town are related in a walking tour brochure produced by the association.

Through a wide network of affiliated organizations, the NPA has been a strong voice for the industry and the community in both Ottawa and Toronto. The motto "Dedicated to Canadian Prospecting and Mining" illustrates the organization's goal of enhancing the economic viability and the quality of life enjoyed in northern Ontario.

Latest NPA News

NPA Update: December Meeting, Drones, Mining Act News, and the Auditor General’s Report

This month’s NPA meeting held on December 3, 2015, was special due to both the attendance by Kirkland Lake mayor Tony Antoniazzi, and a presentation by Dan Larocque and Norm Hawriko on the application of drones to the exploration industry. Additionally, steps were taken to improve the online presence of the NPA to ensure timely […]

New Website Unveiled

The Northern Prospectors Association (NPA) is pleased to announce that its new website is available to the public. The platform will allow for the communication of issues in the mining industry, especially focusing on how these issues affect prospector’s in the Kirkland Lake and Cobalt Areas. Regular news stories accompanied by local events endorsed by […]