Mineral Exploration – Single Window Permitting

 

 
Mineral Exploration 
360-1395 Ellice Avenue 
Winnipeg, MB  R3G 3P2 
Phone: 204-945-6546 
 
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Guidelines for Mineral Exploration Permits
 
These guidelines apply to permits required for various exploration work types on Crown land, such as for road construction, water crossings, construction of buildings, cutting timber, and other activities.
 
Prospecting on Crown land utilizing simple hand tools and non-motorized vehicles may not require a Work Permit. Applicants should be aware that this does not exempt them from following and complying with existing laws and regulatory requirements. For example, a Parks Permit is required to prospect and stake claims within a Provincial Park. Clearing trees, road construction or impacts to fish and wildlife habitat, may require other permits or licences.
 
To ensure the exploration work being proposed in a permit application can be carried out at the time an applicant wishes, it is the responsibility of the applicant to start working on the exploration permit application well ahead of the proposed start date for the project.
 
Step 1 – Prior to Submitting a Work Permit
Proponents planning to submit a work permit application must ensure the following:
- Applicant is registered on iMaQs, with a client number and valid email address.
- Applicant has a valid claim or mineral exploration licence.
- Applicant must be an authorized agent of the claim holder or corporation (updated in the claim holder’s iMaQs profile).
 
TIP: Applicants are encouraged to complete a pre-engagement process with local Indigenous communities and submit A Record of Indigenous Engagement with the permit application.
 
TIP: A heritage resource impact assessment may be required.
 
Step 2 – Work Permit Application
- Fill out work permit application form
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TIP: Applicants are encouraged to send in the following additional information listed in the table below with their work permit. This is information necessary for consultation and to inform other departments and branches in the review. An existing work plan or proposal can be used for these purposes. 
 
Topic
Information
Project Information 
Description of all activities that will occur as part of the proposed exploration project.
Maps / Location Information  
Identify the proposed project area and locations for all activities that will occur as part of the proposed exploration project.
Impacts to Natural and Human Environment  
Description of any potential disturbances to the natural state of the environment and impacts to the human environment.
Indigenous Engagement 
Include an overview of all engagement activities undertaken with Indigenous communities and representative organizations, including who has been contacted, the information supplied, when it was supplied, and how it was supplied.   
Heritage Preservation  
Precautions taken to protect local heritage and/or archeological sites.
Environmental Management, Impact Mitigation and Site Remediation 
Measures taken to protect and restore the environment, address residual environmental impacts, and address concerns brought forth through the Indigenous engagement process.
 
Please see suggestions of detailed information to include with your permit.
 
Email completed work permit package to MiningPermits@gov.mb.ca 
 
Step 3 – Technical Review and Assessment
- The work permit and accompanying information is reviewed and assessed by several branches and departments to identify regulatory requirements that may apply to the proposal.
- Departments and branches contribute their knowledge and expertise to the permitting process and ensure permit conditions are fit-to-purpose for the work that is being proposed. The more detailed information that is included, the better as missing or incomplete information will delay the technical review and assessment and may result in delays in permitting decisions.
 
Step 4 – Crown-Indigenous Consultation
- Crown-Indigenous Consultation is required where it appears, or where the government is uncertain as to whether, a proposed government decision or action might infringe upon or adversely affect the exercise of an aboriginal or treaty right.
- The process begins when an initial assessment on a work permit is conducted to determine level of consultation required and determine the First Nations, Métis communities and other Indigenous communities that should be consulted. The initial assessment is completed simultaneous to the technical review and assessment step.
- If the additional information outlined in the table in step 2 was not included at time of permit application, the applicant would now be contacted to provide that information.
- Manitoba government will work with representatives of each affected First Nation, Métis community and other Indigenous community to design a consultation process that reflects the nature, scope and content appropriate for the particular situation.
- Consultation processes are designed in a manner to effectively communicate the questions and issues upon which the Manitoba government seeks input and to allow for relevant feedback.
- The obligation on a government is to meaningfully address concerns raised during the consultation by taking steps to avoid irreparable harm or to minimize the effects of the infringement on aboriginal or treaty rights or the adverse effects on the exercise of aboriginal or treaty rights.
 
Information on Manitoba’s Interim Provincial Policy for Crown Consultations with First Nations, Métis Communities and Other Aboriginal Communities
 
Step 5 – Decisions and Permit Conditions
- A decision will be given to the applicant in writing after the technical review and assessment is complete and the department is satisfied that appropriate Crown-Indigenous Consultation has been carried out.
- In making a decision on whether or not to issue a permit, the department will consider all comments received through the technical review and assessment, as well as any mitigation measures that may have been identified as a result of Crown-Indigenous Consultation. This may result in site-specific terms and conditions being incorporated into any decision (e.g., timing restrictions to accommodate seasonal hunting, other traditional uses of the land) that will be included on the written decision.
 
Checklist - Suggested Detailed Information to Include with the Work Permit
Work plans or proposals can be great tools to include detailed information to help with the work permit review and assessment phase, as well as the consultation phase. Here are some suggestions of what to include:
 
Introduction and Background
Provide an overview of the need and/or rationale for the project and purpose; may include one or more of the following depending on the proposed project: 
- Description of proposed development and schedule for stages of the development. 
- Details of existing land use on the site and on land adjoining it.
- Prior programs conducted and authorizations received from government (if applicable).
- Geological overview and mineral potential and reference to previous studies and results of previous activities relating to past exploration programs.
- Current market trends, if a specified mineral is targeted by the project.
- Processes and technologies to be used, and products or services required.
 
Project Information
Provide details of all components of the proposed project and activities for which you are seeking authorization (e.g., access road, airstrip, waste disposal area, etc.):
- Proposed dates for project planning, construction, and operation (include seasonality of operations if applicable).
- Details on activities related to Geological, Geochemical and/or Geophysical surveys (or other survey activities, including seismic).
- Details on geochemical, geological and geophysical surveys, including any line cutting that is required.
- Details on any development of new trails/roads or upgrades to existing trails/roads.
- Details on activities related to the development of a temporary work camps.
- Details on the development of new pads for drill holes and helicopters.
- Changes that will be made in such land use for the purposes of the proposed project.
 
Maps and Location Information
Provide detailed maps of the proposed project area that clearly identifies locations for all activities (drill sites, camp locations, stream crossings, roads/trails, etc.) that will occur as part of the proposed exploration project. Ensure your maps includes the following information:
- Location of local and regional surface waterbodies (lakes, rivers, wetlands, etc.). 
- Location of existing trails/roads.
- Location of proposed new trails/roads or trails/roads that where upgrades are planned.
- Location of any known Heritage resources (e.g., archaeological and historic sites, etc.)
- Location of any traditional-use areas identified by a local Indigenous community.
- Detailed maps must be provide with 1:50,000 resolution in KMZ format or shape files.
- Overview maps must be provided with 1:250,000 in KMZ format or shape files.
 
Boundary information for Provincial Parks, Provincial Forest, Resource Management Areas, Community Interest Zones
 
Impacts to Natural and Human Environment
Provide an overview and description of the environment as related to the proposed project, including the following:
- The local area and regional setting including important terrain features such as hills, valleys, lakes, rivers, shorelines, etc.
- Local and regional surface waterbodies (lakes, rivers, wetlands, etc.) and of the regional groundwater conditions (aquifers, recharge areas, quality, wells, etc.)
- The aquatic environment including fish resources and habitat, benthic invertebrates, aquatic plants, etc. for each waterbody that could be affected by the proposed project.
- The terrestrial environment including vegetation, wildlife (mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, etc.), wildlife habitat, etc. that could be affected by the proposed project.
- Identification and proximity to any protected areas (e.g., provincial parks, wildlife management areas, etc.)
- Identification of any rare, threatened or endangered species or any important or sensitive species and/or habitats, particularly if federally and/or provincially protected. 
 
Identify any potential impacts of the proposed project on the environment, including, but not limited to the following:
- Wildlife and fisheries, including seasonal considerations (e.g., fish spawning, calving, etc.)
- Surface water and groundwater.
- Harvesting and handling of forestry product/resources (e.g., line cutting, clearing for roads, work camps, and pads for drill holes and helicopters).
- Storage, transportation and disposal of any hazardous wastes that may be produced.
 Identification of any storage of gasoline or associated products (e.g., diesel fuel, used oil, heating oil, aviation gas, solvents, isopropanol, methanol, acetone, etc.)
- Plans to burn any material on the exploration site.
 
Indigenous Engagement
Provide an overview of all engagement activities undertaken with Indigenous communities and representative organizations. This should include potential impacts to the socio-economic environment as related to the proposed project, as follows:
- Any record of Indigenous engagement that identify which Indigenous communities were engaged, who was contacted, the information supplied, when it was supplied, and how it was supplied. This may include records of discussion, meeting minutes, letters of support, etc.
- Identification of any existing public safety and human health risks in the development area.
- Identification and proximity to any known heritage resources (e.g., archaeological and historic sites, etc.
- Identification of traditional-use areas identified by a local Indigenous community in the vicinity of the proposed project.
- Socio-economic implications resulting from environmental impact.
- Identification and description of the existing land and resource uses in the region including forestry, trapping, hydroelectric, recreation, resource tourism, etc.
 
Environmental information may come from sources such as site visits, previous studies, environmental databases, ecological land classification, and traditional knowledge.
 
Indigenous engagement should begin early in the planning phase. Applicants are advised to undertake early, timely and culturally appropriate engagement with Indigenous peoples that ensures the concerns and interests in a project and its potential impacts are understood and addressed.
 
Lack of pre-engagement may delay Crown-Indigenous Consultation and result in subsequent delays in permitting decisions.
 
Heritage Resources
Early heritage screening and the heritage resource impact assessment process are consistent business/industry-wide practices within and outside of Manitoba. Project proponents at all phases of exploration must be aware of early requirements involving heritage screenings and the potential for heritage resource impact assessments.  
 
The heritage screening and heritage resource impact assessment should be viewed as front-end processes that serves as an early preventative measure intended to avoid work stoppages in future.   
 
If a heritage screening or heritage resource impact assessment is identified as a requirement at the time of the technical review and assessment, delays in project implementation can result.
 
Heritage Resources Info: Archaeological, paleontological and historic resources in Manitoba are protected under The Heritage Resources Act (1985).
 
Environmental Management, Impact Mitigations and Remediation
Provide details on environmental management and remediation activities to be employed to prevent or mitigate adverse implications from the impacts identified above, where applicable:
- Containment, handling, monitoring, storage, treatment, and final disposal of pollutants.
- Conservation and protection of natural environment.
- Conservation and protection of heritage resources.
 
Provide details on planned environmental restoration and rehabilitation activities to be undertaken at the project site upon project completion:
- Access roads and trails (e.g., revegetating roads).
- Drilling and trenching.
- Reclaiming drill sites.
- Temporary work camps.
- Removal of equipment, fuel and waste.
- Plan for managing residual environmental effects remaining after the application of mitigation measures (e.g., monitoring, inspection, surveillance, audit, etc.)
 
Provide details on mitigation practices incorporated into the project planning and design as a result of feedback received during the Indigenous engagement activities.
 
Process Map