Northern Prospectors Association


See below for links and resources for more information about topics from prospecting and geology to metal prices and financial markets. Topics are organized by general themes or information provider. Click on the expandable headers below to find lists of links.

Prospecting Organizations


The Ontario Prospectors Association is the central voice representing prospectors in Ontario. Learn more about the Ontario Prospectors Association by visiting their website.

Mining News


Kitco provides up to date quotes on precious metals, base metals, and currency exchange rates. Plotting and charting of metals prices is possible. News coverage and analysis of macroeconomics and equities is given with respect to their significance and impact to metals and energy markets.

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Stock Watch

The website gives quotes for publicly listed companies on all Canadian and American public equity. Additionally, it gives trading history for a day for a given equity. It also lists market news and press releases for several public companies in the Minerals and Energy sector.

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Market Wired

This website gives a live feed of official news releases of public companies in North America. It also allows for searching of news releases.

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Canadian Mining Journal

The publication covers mining news across Canada. This includes coverage of Canadian producers and exploration companies, as well as a feed for official news releases by public companies. They provide a free news e-Letter as well as paid subscriptions for their published magazine.

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Claim Post Georeferencing Standards

Submitting claim post georeferencing reports for assessment work is an efficient way to accumulate one year assessment work on larger claims. Remember that only claims in unorganized townships staked before Novemeber 1, 2012 are eligible for assessment work. The regulations for ground staking claims under the new Mining Act also state that new staking must follow the standards for claim post georeferencing, so even those planning to stake new mineral claims should be familiar with these regulations.

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Claim Staking Best Practices

This source from MNDM gives a brief synopsis of claim staking best practices, and is a good guide for beginners from planning the layout of your first claims, to the proper recording of the claims with the mining recorder.

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Assessment Work Regulations

This e-Law covers the regulations for completed and submitting assessment credits for work completed on both crown land, and staked mining claims. Following the submission of assessment work by the claim holder, the claim holder then enjoys additional rights under the mining act as a tenant.

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Claim Staking Regulations

This e-Law covers the laws, regulations, and best practices for staking a ground mineral claim in Ontario. It also touches on map staking in Southern Ontario, as well as special regulations on staking of mineral claims on crown land under certain protections.

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Ontario Mining Act

This links to the e-Laws website covering the current Mining Act governing mineral exploration, development, and mining in Ontario. Included in this are laws governing the acquisition of a prospector’s license to hold mineral claims, the ability of the Provincial government to regulate the availability of mineral rights in Ontario, the inclusion of First Nation consultation in the mining and exploration lifecycle, as well as the extraction of minerals from crown land.

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First Nations

Several First Nations Reserves are within and around the Larder Lake Mining division. Claim holders within the Larder Lake mining division must ensure that mineral exploration and development activities not impact impact First Nations treaty or aboriginal rights through consultation with affected First Nation groups. MNDM has information regarding the First Nations affected for a given mining claim, and it is recommended that you contact MNDM if you are unsure about your claims. Below is relevant contact information, and the map provides a general overview of First Nation Reserves, as well as the approximately stated area of the Wabun Tribal Council, a major agent for First Nations in the Larder Lake Mining Division. Their area of influence is taken from a 'Display Purposes Only' map published by the Wabun Tribal Council.

Mattagami First Nation

Learn about the Mattagami First Nation as well as contact information.

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Wahgoshig First Nation

Learn about the Wahgoshig First Nation as well as contact information.

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Timiskaming First Nation

Information about Timiskaming First Nation as well as contact information.

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Temagami First Nations

Information about the Temagami First Nation and contact information.

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Beaverhouse Village

Beaverhouse village does not appear to have a website. However, they are available by phone: 705-567-2022.

Matachewan First Nations

Learn more about the Matachewan First Nation Reserve, located just the East of Matachewan Ontario.

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Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM)

Exploration Plans and Permits

As part of the mineral development strategy of MNDM, exploration plans and permits are a way to both notify the public and First Nations of proposed mining and exploration activities, as well as ensuring the mitigation of impacts on the environmental and First Nation’s treaty rights.

Preliminary exploration work consisting of line cutting, limited trenching/stripping/pitting/ and winkie drilling require the filing of an exploration plans, which includes consultation and dialogue with First Nations who’s treaty rights are impacted by the proposed activities.

Information about Exploration Plans

More advanced exploration such as geophysical surveys requiring a generator, larger drill setups, and larger trenching/pitting/blasting require an exploration permit as well as more consultation with affected First Nation parties.

Information about Exploration Permits

Information about exploration plans and permit applications that have been filed, as well as more advanced stage exploration and mining permits can be found on the Environmental Registry.

Portal to Environmental Registry

Filing an exploration plan/permit, as well as renewing a prospector’s license requires the completion of the online Mining Act Awareness Program (MAAP). After its completion, you will receive a unique reference number indicating your successful compeletion of the online course.

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Mineral Development Strategy

The creation of the new Mining Act was a change in direction to including more public and First Nation awareness about mining and exploration activities. The MNDM mineral development strategy is a continuously evolving framework to meet the purpose and goals of the new Mining Act.

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Mining Claim Information

The MNDM provides information about individual mining claims, as well as a way to view the location of mining claims on a map relative to regional features, roads, topography, land use type, and restrictions.

Mining Claim Information

Claim Maps Application

Also note that GIS data for majority of the layers on the claim maps application are also available for download in the link above for the Claim Maps online application.

Mineral Claim Forms

This link provides access to claim staking, assessment filing, lease applications, claims transfers, and other forms to do with mining claim tenure and filing of assessment work.

Go To Forms

Additionally, assessment work can be filed online via the Electronic Assessment System (EAS) at the following link:

File Assessment Work Online