The Ontario government has initiated a series of public and stakeholder meetings about modernizing the province’s Mining Act. According to the provincial government, these consultations will focus on five policy issues: (i) adjusting the province’s mineral tenure system to ensure investment security while also recognizing aboriginal, community and private interests; (ii) consulting and accommodating aboriginal and treaty rights affected by mineral sector activities; (iii) regulating exploration activities on Crown land; (iv) requiring new mines in the far north of Ontario to develop community land use plans supported by local First Nations; and (v) changing the way Ontario currently regulates mineral rights and surface rights issues. These consultations support Ontario’s Far North Planning Process, described in Torys’ July 2008 Environmental, Health and Safety Bulletin.

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