The implementation schedule as of October 6th, 2017 is follows (as per MNDM communications)
Pre-Conversion Period (formerly referred to as "Staking Hiatus")
January 9, 2018 to April 9, 2018 (3 months)
Most transactions will be suspended during this period including staking, transfers, filing of assessment work, distributions and payments in lieu of performing work
January 9, 2018 to February 9, 2018
Clients will be able to submit a Claim Boundary Report (CBR) on their claims for a 30-day period. A CBR is an optional one-time pre-conversion tool that will act to maintain the position of the dividing boundary of adjoining legacy claims that share a cell with the same holder through conversion. It is intended to help prevent underlying business arrangements from overlapping.Link to Claim Boundary Report Guide
Stage 1 Launch of MLAS
February 7, 2018
Basic admin functions - log on to MLAS to set up your client profile (Using enrollment packages sent by mail to claim holders and holders of active prospectors licenses in early January 2018. New clients simply create a new profile)
Last Day for Changes
February 23, 2018
Last day for clients to submit their CBR confirmation forms. Once claims have been grouped and a CBR submitted, clients must download and complete the confirmation form and return it to MNDM. The CBR will not be processed unless the confirmation form is received by MNDM
Last day to file a draft plan of survey for lease. If your draft plan of survey has not been submitted by this date, the claim fabric will convert and you will have to re-survey the new boundaries.
Final Determination and Delineation
February 26, 2018
The Provincial Mining Recorder will make the final determination as to the location of legacy claims and delineate them on the provincial grid. Mining claims will then be legally defined by those coordinates and not by posts on the ground or township surveys
Temporary Suspension of Exploration Plan and Permit Submissions
March 3, 2018 to April 10, 2018 (Stage 2 Launch of MLAS). You should submit these at least 1 week before March 3rd to allow for the MNDM to review and prepare the submission for circulation as well as any edits that may be required.
Temporary Suspension in Obtaining a New Prospector's License
March 24, 2018 to April 10, 2018 (Stage 2 Launch of MLAS). You will need an active prospector's license to register claims in MLAS. During the Pre-Conversion period, you cannot obtain or renew a prospector's license. You will be able to obtain/renew once again on April 10, 2018 with the launch of MLAS.
April 10, 2018
Conversion is the process of taking mining claim holders’ existing ground or map staked mining claims (legacy claims) and transforming them into one or more cell claims or boundary claims on the provincial grid. As part of that process, existing mining claim locations will be delineated and legally defined by their coordinates on the map.
All legacy claims will convert at once. Legacy claims will not be cancelled but will be continued as cell claims or boundary claims that result from conversion. Dispositions (such as leases, patents, and licences of occupation) will not be converted, however, they will be viewable and certain transactions will be managed within MLAS.
Stage 2 Launch of MLAS
April 10, 2018
Full launch of the new online system
Transactions resume through MLAS
What will happen to my claims with due dates from November 1, 2017 through to October 9, 2018?
Claims with due dates from November 1, 2017 through November 30, 2017: You will receive an email from the MNDM asking if you would like to extend the claim(s) to December 2, 2017. Follow the instructions in the email as directed.
Claims with due dates from December 1, 2017 through October 31, 2018: These claims will automatically be extended 1 year under the rules of conversion..."any claim coming due between December 1, 2017 and January 8, 2018 and then from the beginning of the pre-conversion period of January 9, 2018 to October 31, 2018 will be extended a year to the next anniversary date of the mining claim and the work will be excluded for that time period."
For more detailed information on the final phase of Modernizing Ontario's Mining Act, please feel free to contact me or visit the MNDM's MAM website (Link).