Publication: AME Blog
Article Type: Blog post
Published on: 20 March 2018
At AME, we advocate for the interests of almost 5,000 members engaged in mineral exploration and development in British Columbia. Being an advocate involves listening to how members are affected by a certain policy, aligning our priorities with those in government, coordinating a response on behalf of our members, and delivering a clear, specific, and united message to the right people in government at the right time.
When we speak with one voice, we can make changes to the policies that affect our business.
One of the top issues concerning explorers in BC right now is the time it may take to obtain a provincial Notice of Work (NoW) exploration permit. A NoW is required under the BC Mines Act to explore and develop precious, base, or industrial mineral deposits in the province. Each application must include details about the property, planned activities, emergency response, land use information, work dates, First Nations engagement, reclamation plans, and equipment.
NoW permit applications are usually prepared by exploration managers and their teams then reviewed by Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (MEMPR) regional offices or regional Mine Development Review Committees. Applications may be returned if additional information is required, and once the application is accepted, it is sent out for referrals, which can take a couple of months. The average time between applying for and being granted a NoW permit is generally less the government’s objective of a 60-day turnaround but can vary based on region, time of year and level of activity.
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