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chapter M-13.1, r. 2

Regulation respecting mineral substances other than petroleum, natural gas and brine

Mining Act
 (chapter M-13.1, ss. 306, 306.1 to 309, 311, 312, 313.2 and 313.3)

The fees prescribed in the Regulation have been indexed as of 1 January 2016 pursuant to the notice published in Part 1 (French) of the Gazette officielle du Québec of 26 December 2015, page 1304. (ss. 39 and 61)


The fees prescribed in the Regulation have been indexed as of 1 January 2016 to 8% (ss. 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 128, 129, 130)


The fees prescribed in the Regulation have been indexed as of 1 January 2016 to 6% (ss. 49, 50, 53, 54, 57)


CHAPTER  I
PROSPECTING LICENCE

1.  An application for a prospecting licence or renewal of a prospecting licence shall be sent in writing to the Minister responsible for the administration of the Mining Act (chapter M-13.1) and shall include the name, address and date of birth of the applicant.

The application shall include the fee in the amount of $36.99 for the term of the licence.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 1; O.C. 1336-2000, s. 1; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 1.

2.  The fee for obtaining a duplicate of a prospecting licence is $16.96.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 2; O.C. 1336-2000, s. 2.

CHAPTER  II
CLAIM

DIVISION  I
TAGS FOR STAKING

3.  Tags for staking shall be issued upon application to the Minister and upon payment of $4.54 for a set of 4 tags.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 3; O.C. 1336-2000, s. 3.

4.  The term during which tags for staking must be used shall be 10 years from their date of issue.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 4.

DIVISION  II
REGISTRATION

5.  The notice of staking, filed using the form supplied by the Minister, shall include the following information:

  (1)    the applicant's name, address, telephone number and, where applicable, the date of birth and the name, address and telephone number of the person to whom correspondence shall be sent;

  (2)    the business number assigned to an applicant under the Act respecting the legal publicity of enterprises (chapter P-44.1), where applicable;

  (3)    a declaration of the applicant indicating that he has become aware of sections 32 and 33 of the Act and that he has obtained, in the cases provided for in those sections, the required authorizations;

  (4)    the name of the person who has staked the land that is subject to the claim and the number of his prospecting licence;

  (5)    for each parcel of land staked:

  (a)      its location;

  (b)      the date and time of staking;

  (c)      the distance in metres between each post delimiting the staked land and the area of that land in hectares; and

  (d)      the number appearing on the tags used during staking;

  (6)    a declaration from the applicant attesting to the accuracy of the information provided.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 5; O.C. 74-2005, s. 1; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 2.

6.  The notice of map designation, filed using the form supplied by the Minister, shall include the following information:

  (1)    the information referred to in paragraphs 1, 2 and 6 of section 5;

  (2)    (paragraph revoked);

  (3)    the alphanumerical code appearing on the maps kept at the office of the registrar related to each parcel of land covered by the notice of map designation;

  (4)    in the case of a parcel of land referred to in subparagraph 1 of the second paragraph of section 49 of the Act, the name, address and telephone number of the holder of the claim held on the parcel of land situated less than 1,000 m from the parcel of land that is subject to the notice of map designation, and the number or the alphanumerical code identifying the claim;

  (5)    (paragraph revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 6; O.C. 74-2005, s. 2; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 3.

7.  Fees that shall be included with the notice of staking upon presentation for registration of claims shall be fixed at $30.51 per claim.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 7; O.C. 1336-2000, s. 4.

8.  Fees that shall be included with the notice of map designation upon presentation for registration of claims shall be fixed by adding, for each of the claims covered by the notice, the amounts applicable to them provided for in the following tables and determined according to the area of land subject thereto and depending on whether the land is located in one of the following areas:

  (1)    52nd degree of latitude:


Area of land subject to a claim
Less than 25 ha 25 to 45 ha 46 to 50 ha More than 50 ha
$30.51/claim $110.16/claim $123.12/claim $138.24/claim

  (2)    south of the 52nd degree of latitude:


Area of land subject to a claim
Less than 25 ha 25 to 100 ha More than 100 ha
$30.51/claim $59.67/claim $90.45/claim

Notwithstanding the foregoing, where the number of map designated claims during the same day for the same person exceeds, north of the 52nd degree of latitude, 150 claims per leaflet of the National Topographic System of Canada (NTS) or, south of that boundary, 40 claims per NTS leaflet, the registration fees for each claim that exceeds per NTS leaflet the 150th or 40th claim, as the case may be, shall correspond to five times the amounts per claim provided for in the tables referred to in the first paragraph. The NTS leaflets are those established to a scale of 1:50,000 and the geographical coordinates (latitude and longitude) establishing the boundary of the lands shall be those defined according to the North American Datum 1983 (NAD83).

For the purposes of the first paragraph of section 307 of the Act and of the second paragraph of this section, a legal person, its subsidiaries and their directors, officers, representatives and employees are deemed to constitute a single and same person. For the purposes of the same provisions, a natural person, his representatives and their employees are also deemed to constitute a single and same person.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 8; O.C. 1336-2000, s. 5; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 4.

8.1.  The notice required under the third paragraph of section 65 of the Act is given by means of the document that the Minister makes available to that effect.

The claim holder may, as he or she elects, send that notice to the persons and the municipality concerned or publish the notice in a daily or a weekly newspaper circulated in the region of the claim. In the latter case, a map locating the mining right and enabling to properly situate it must be published with the notice.

O.C. 1065-2015, s. 5.

DIVISION  III
RENEWAL

9.  An application for the renewal of claims, completed on the form supplied by the Minister, shall include the following information:

  (1)    the name, address and telephone number of the holder of the claims applied for;

  (2)    the number or the alphanumerical code identifying the claims the renewal of which is applied for;

  (3)    for each of the claims, its expiry date and, where applicable, the alphanumerical code identifying the claim on which the applicant, in accordance with section 76 of the Act, wishes to perform any work in excess and, in the latter case, the amounts spent for work carried out, in respect of the claim, that the applicant wishes to apply to the claim the renewal of which is applied for;

  (4)    the applicant's declaration certifying that the information provided is accurate and acknowledging being the holder of the claims that are subject to the application or his representative.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 9; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 6.

10.  An application for the renewal of claims shall include the renewal fees. The fees shall be fixed, by adding, for each of the claims covered by the application, the amounts applicable to them provided for in the tables referred to in the first paragraph of section 8.

The fees for the first renewal following the conversion of a claim situated north of the 52nd degree north latitude shall, however, be fixed by adding the renewal fees for each staked claim covered by the application for conversion and by allocating the resulting total renewal fees among the converted claims in proportion to the respective area of each.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the fees for the renewal of a claim shall be doubled where the renewal of a claim is applied for on the 60th day preceding its expiry date or after that date but before the date of expiry of the claim.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 10; O.C. 74-2005, s. 3.

11.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 11; O.C. 74-2005, s. 4.

12.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 12; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 7.

13.  The additional amount that must be paid when the holder of claims reports the work to the Minister within 60 days preceding their expiry date is fixed at $25 per claim up to a maximum of $250 per report.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 13; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 8.

DIVISION  IV
PROTECTION OF IMPROVEMENTS ON LAND IN THE DOMAIN OF THE STATE

14.  Improvements referred to in section 70 of the Act are as follows:

  (1)    a fish hatchery;

  (2)    an alpine ski centre;

  (3)    (paragraph revoked);

  (4)    a public highway within the meaning of the Highway Safety Code (chapter C-24.2);

  (5)    a research farm;

  (6)    a research and teaching forest within the meaning of section 20 of the Sustainable Forest Development Act (chapter A-18.1);

  (7)    an experimental forest within the meaning of section 18 of the Sustainable Forest Development Act;

  (8)    immovables related to the utilization of waterpower;

  (9)    a tree nursery;

  (10)    a landing strip;

  (11)    a forest station within the meaning of section 22 of the Sustainable Forest Development Act;

  (12)    a campground;

  (13)    a golf course; and

  (14)    a tree-seed orchard.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 14; O.C. 74-2005, s. 5.

DIVISION  V
MINIMUM COST OF WORK

15.  The minimum cost of work that the holder of a claim must carry out on the land that is subject thereto, pursuant to section 72 of the Act, shall be determined in the following tables and varies according to the area of land that is subject thereto, according to the number of terms of the claim and depending on whether the land is located in one of the following areas:

  (1)    north of the 52nd degree of latitude:


Area of land subject to a claim Number of _______________________________________________________________ terms of the claim Less than 25 ha 25 to 45 ha More than 45 ha
1 $48 $120 $135
2 $160 $400 $450
3 $320 $800 $900
4 $480 $1,200 $1,350
5 $640 $1,600 $1,800
6 $750 $1,800 $1,800
7 and more $1,000 $2,500 $2,500


  (2)    south of the 52nd degree of latitude:


Area of land subject to a claim Number of _______________________________________________________________ terms of the claim Less than 25 ha 25 to 100 ha More than 100 ha
1 $500 $1,200 $1,800
2 $500 $1,200 $1,800
3 $500 $1,200 $1,800
4 $750 $1,800 $2,700
5 $750 $1,800 $2,700
6 $750 $1,800 $2,700
7 and more $1,000 $2,500 $3,600


O.C. 1042-2000, s. 15; O.C. 1336-2000, s. 6.

DIVISION  VI
RULES FOR THE AMENDMENT OF THE APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL

16.  For the purposes of the second paragraph of section 79 of the Act, the Minister amends an application for renewal of claims by allocating to each claim the minimum cost of work required under section 15, up to the cost of the work carried out.

He shall allocate such costs by starting with the claim on which work has been carried out. He then allocates the remaining portion of work carried out to the other claims, starting with the oldest claim.

For the purposes of the application of the second paragraph, the age of a claim shall be determined according to the date and time of staking or according to the date of receipt of the notice of map designation. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the age of claims resulting from the conversion of mining rights into map designated claims is determined according to the date of conversion. Where it is impossible to determine which claim is the oldest, the order of application is determined by a drawing of lots.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 16; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 9.

DIVISION  VII
CONVERSION OF MINING RIGHTS INTO MAP DESIGNATED CLAIMS

17.  The application for conversion of mining rights referred to in subdivision 5 of Division III of Chapter III of the Act shall be filed using the form supplied by the Minister and include the following information:

  (1)    the name, address and telephone number of the holder of rights to be converted;

  (2)    the number or the alphanumerical code identifying the rights to be converted;

  (3)    the geographical coordinates (latitude and longitude) in degrees, minutes, seconds and hundredth of a second of the apexes of the perimeter of lands that are subject to rights to be converted, defined according to the North American Datum 1983 (NAD83), and its system of geodesic coordinates in effect, in compliance with the National Topographic System of Canada (NTS);

  (4)    the name of the township, the parish or the seigniory or the NTS leaflet identification code where the lands that are subject to the rights to be converted are situated;

  (5)    (paragraph revoked);

  (6)    (paragraph revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 17; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 10.

18.  The application for the conversion of claims shall, where one of the territories covered by the application for conversion is situated less than 400 m from another on which a claim is held by a third person, be accompanied by a written agreement, signed by the holders of the rights held on those parcels of lands, including the following information:

  (1)    the name, address and telephone number of the holder of the claim held on the parcel of land situated less than 400 m from the parcels of land that are subject to the rights to be converted;

  (2)    the number or the alphanumerical code identifying the claim referred to in subparagraph 1 of the first paragraph;

  (3)    the geographical coordinates (latitude and longitude) in degrees, minutes, seconds and hundredth of a second establishing the limit of the contiguous parcels of land, defined according to the North American Datum 1983 (NAD83) and its system of geodesic coordinates in effect, in compliance with the National Topographic System of Canada (NTS).

Where such agreement cannot be entered into, the application for conversion must be accompanied by a survey plan locating the limit of the contiguous parcels of land carried out in accordance with the provisions of section 92 of this Regulation.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 18; O.C. 74-2005, s. 6; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 11.

19.  Where it appears that the location of the perimeter of the lands that are subject to the rights to be converted will not cause a dispute between the holders of mining rights, the information referred to in subparagraph 3 of the first paragraph of section 17, and that referred to in subparagraph 3 of the first paragraph of section 18, where applicable, may be replaced by a summary document accompanying the application for conversion of mining rights and establishing the location of the perimeter of the lands subject to the rights to be converted.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 19.

20.  The average unexpired portion of the terms of all the claims to be converted for the purpose of determining the expiry date of claims converted into map designated claims following the filing of an application for conversion is calculated by adding, for each of the claims whose conversion is required, the number of days to elapse until its expiry date and by dividing the total amount obtained by the number of claims.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 20; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 12.

21.  Any excess amount disbursed, per term, to perform work on all the lands that are subject to the claims to be converted is calculated by totaling the excess amounts disbursed to perform work for each term of the claims converted into map designated claims. That excess amount is apportioned among all the claims converted into map designated claims in proportion to their area.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 21; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 13.

22.  Subject to section 22.1, the number of terms for claims converted into map designated claims for the purpose of establishing the minimum cost of the work required to renew the claims for every renewal except the first renewal following conversion shall be determined as follows:

  (1)    by first establishing, for each of the claims for which the conversion is applied, the number of days expired since its registration date or, in the case of a claim obtained by staking entered before 24 October 1988, since the date corresponding to the first renewal following that date;

  (2)    by subtracting, where applicable, the number of days expired from the number of days during which the term of the claim was suspended by the Minister under section 63 or 82 of the Act;

  (3)    by adding the numbers established for each of the claims for which the conversion is applied for and by dividing the total amount obtained by the number of claims; and

  (4)    by dividing the latter result by factor 730.5.

The number of terms determined in accordance with this section shall be increased to the whole number that follows if it comprises a fraction.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 22; O.C. 74-2005, s. 7; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 14.

22.1.  The term of the claims situated north of the 52nd degree north latitude and converted into map designated claims is deemed, for the purpose of determining the minimum cost of the work referred to in section 22, to be the first term.

O.C. 74-2005, s. 8.

23.  Only the claims obtained by staking entered in the public register of real and immovable mining rights that do not meet any of the following conditions may be subject to a conversion of mining rights into map designated claims under subdivision 5 of Division III of Chapter III of the Act:

  (1)    the claim is subject to a decision made by the Minister under paragraph 1 or 3 of section 63 of the Act which suspends its term;

  (2)    the claim is subject to an order of cessation of work made by the Minister under section 82 of the Act;

  (3)    the claim is subject to a decision made by the Minister under section 61 of the Act refusing its renewal;

  (4)    the claim is subject to a suspension or revocation following a decision made by the Minister under section 278, 280 or 281 of the Act; or

  (5)    the claim is subject to a seizure notified to the Minister, or its term is subject to a dispute.

No claim may be converted as soon as the holder is informed of the Minister's intention to make a decision or an order referred to in subparagraph 1, 2 or 3 of the first paragraph, in accordance with section 5 of the Act respecting administrative justice (chapter J-3), or, in the case of a decision referred to in subparagraph 4 of the first paragraph, as soon as the Minister notifies in writing the holder with the prior notice prescribed by section 5 of the Act respecting administrative justice, in accordance with section 284 of the Mining Act (chapter M-13.1).

Where the decision or order made by the Minister is appealed before the Court of Québec, the prohibition remains as long as the court making a final decision has not invalidated it, where applicable. The same applies where the claim is subject to a seizure entered in the public register of real and immovable mining rights, as long as the seizure has not been cancelled by a court making a final decision, or where the term of the claim is contested as long as the Minister or, if there is an appeal, the court making a final decision has not rendered its decision.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 23; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 15.

24.  The holder of claims obtained by staking whose term is suspended by the Minister under paragraph 2 of section 63 of the Act may apply for their conversion into map designated claims under section 83.2 of the Act only if the application for conversion filed under that section is made up of claims whose term is suspended under paragraph 2 of section 63 of the Act.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 24.

25.  The promises to purchase entered in the public register of real and immovable mining rights, related to the claims obtained by staking are, where those claims are converted into map designated claims, re-entered free of charge in that register, with reference to the claims converted into map designated claims.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 25; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 16.

26.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 26; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 17.

27.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 27; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 17.

28.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 28; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 17.

29.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 29; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 17.

DIVISION  VII.I
AMALGAMATION AND REPLACEMENT OF MAP DESIGNATED CLAIMS

O.C. 74-2005, s. 9.

29.1.  Sections 17 and 19 to 24 apply, with the necessary modifications, to the application for the amalgamation of map designated claims referred to in subdivision 7 of Division III of Chapter III of the Act.

O.C. 74-2005, s. 9; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 18.

29.2.  Sections 17 to 24 apply, with the necessary modifications, to the application for replacement referred to in subdivision 8 of Division III of Chapter III of the Act.

O.C. 74-2005, s. 9; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 19.

DIVISION  VIII  (Revoked)

O.C. 1042-2000, Div. VIIIO.C. 1065-2015, s. 20.

30.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 30; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 20.

31.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 31; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 20.

32.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 32; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 20.

33.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 33; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 20.

CHAPTER  III  (Revoked)

O.C. 1042-2000O.C. 1065-2015, s. 20.

34.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 34; O.C. 1336-2000, s. 7; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 20.

35.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 35; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 20.

36.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 36; O.C. 1336-2000, s. 8; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 20.

37.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 37; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 20.

CHAPTER  IV
MINING LEASE AND MINING CONCESSION

DIVISION  I
OBTENTION AND RENEWAL

O.C. 1065-2015, s. 21.

38.  An application for a mining lease shall be made in writing to the Minister and shall include the following information:

  (1)    the applicant's name, address, telephone number and, where applicable, the date of birth and the name, address and telephone number of the person to whom correspondence shall be sent;

  (2)    the business number assigned to the applicant pursuant to the Act respecting the legal publicity of enterprises (chapter P-44.1), where applicable;

  (3)    the area of the land in question;

  (4)    the list of numbers or alphanumerical codes identifying mining rights affected by the application for the mining lease;

  (5)    the name and address of the persons holding rights on the land for which a lease is applied for, where such lands have been granted, alienated or leased by the State for purposes other than mining or where they are under exclusive lease to mine surface mineral substances, the nature of such rights and, where applicable, the nature of the agreement entered into between those persons and the applicant.

The application for a lease shall include the annual rental provided for in section 39 for the first year of the lease.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 38.

39.  The annual rental for a mining lease shall be $46.50/ha if the parcel of land is situated on lands in the domain of the State or $22.10/ha if the parcel of land is situated on lands granted or alienated by the State for purposes other than mining.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, for the part of lands in the domain of the State used to store mine tailings, the annual rental shall be that provided for a storage yard for mine tailings set out in the Regulation respecting the sale, lease and granting of immovable rights on lands in the domain of the State (chapter T-8.1, r. 7).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 39.

39.1.  The public consultation required under section 101.0.1 of the Act, which includes the holding of a public meeting, is to be announced by means of a notice containing the following information:

  (1)    a description of the project;

  (2)    a map showing the location of the project site;

  (3)    the location and the website where the detailed documentation concerning the project as a whole may be consulted. The documentation includes, in particular, the proposed infrastructures and access roads, a description of the various stages of the project and the planned duration of each stage, the expected benefits and disadvantages of the project, the proposed mitigation measures and a description of the other uses of the territory near the project site;

  (4)    the means to be used and the time limits to submit comments;

  (5)    the time and place where a public meeting will take place, which must facilitate the participation of the public;

  (6)    the possibility for any person to send written comments not later than 30 days following the holding of the public meeting.

The notice must be published in a daily newspaper or a weekly newspaper circulated in the region of the project at least 30 days before the public meeting is held. A copy of the notice must be sent to the Minister, to the Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, to the municipalities concerned and to the Native communities consulted by the Government in respect of the project, where applicable.

O.C. 1065-2015, s. 22.

39.2.  During the public meeting, the project is presented and persons wishing to express themselves are heard. The interventions made at the public meeting must be recorded.

O.C. 1065-2015, s. 22.

39.3.  A report on the consultation must be sent to the Minister and to the Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change within 31 to 90 days of the holding of the public meeting. The report states in particular the requests made by the population and the Native communities concerned, where applicable, and the promoter's proposals regarding those requests.

The report is accompanied by a copy of all the comments received by the promoter during the consultation.

The promoter publishes the report on a website not later than 15 days after sending it to the ministers.

O.C. 1065-2015, s. 22.

40.  An application for the renewal of a mining lease shall be made in writing to the Minister and shall include the following information:

  (1)    the name, address and telephone number of the lessee;

  (2)    the alphanumerical code identifying the mining lease the renewal of which is applied for;

  (3)    the serial number of the land file established in the land register of the registry office for the situs of the mining lease or, if it is registered, the given registration number, and the identification number of the lease and, where applicable, that of its renewals and transfers.

The application for renewal of the lease shall include the payment of the annual rental provided for in section 39 for the first year of the lease.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 40.

41.  The additional amount that must be paid for the renewal of a mining lease the application for which is made within 60 days preceding the expiry of such lease shall be $115.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 41.

42.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 42; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 23.

DIVISION  II
MONITORING COMMITTEE TO FOSTER THE INVOLVEMENT OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY IN THE PROJECT AS A WHOLE

O.C. 1065-2015, s. 24.

42.1.  A member of the monitoring committee to foster the involvement of the local community in the project as a whole is deemed not to be independent

  (1)    if the member has direct or indirect relations or interests of a financial or commercial nature with the lessee;

  (2)    if the member is employed by the Ministère de l'Énergie et des Ressources naturelles or by the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques;

  (3)    if the member is or was, during the 2 years preceding the date of appointment, employed by the lessee or by one of the lessee's wholly-owned subsidiaries or if the member is related to a person holding such employment.

For the purposes of this section, “related person” means persons connected by blood relationship, marriage, civil union, de facto union or adoption.

O.C. 1065-2015, s. 24.

42.2.  The committee must meet at least once a year.

Not later than 15 days after each meeting, the committee sends a report of the meeting to the lessee. The lessee publishes the report on a website within 2 working days following its receipt.

O.C. 1065-2015, s. 24.

42.3.  To prevent a potential dispute between the members of the committee regarding its operation, the committee must, at its first meeting, choose private dispute prevention and resolution processes.

At the same time, the lessee and the committee must choose, by mutual agreement, private dispute prevention and resolution processes for potential disputes between them, regarding in particular,

  (1)    information and documents requested from the lessee;

  (2)    the committee's expenses; and

  (3)    the technical support needed by the committee.

O.C. 1065-2015, s. 24.

42.4.  Every request for information or documents by the committee to the lessee must be made in writing and must concern the data needed to fulfill the committee's mandate.

Within 15 days following the receipt of the request, the lessee must provide the information and documents or give reasons for refusal to do so.

O.C. 1065-2015, s. 24.

42.5.  All expenses related to the operation of the committee, including the expenses related to the steps taken to prevent or resolve a dispute, are assumed by the lessee.

At the request of the committee and on presentation of vouchers, the lessee reimburses the costs related to travel and accommodation of the committee members.

The lessee also provides the technical support needed by the committee, including the recourse to external expertise where required.

O.C. 1065-2015, s. 24.

42.6.  The lessee must publish an annual report of the committee's activities and expenses on a website within 90 days following the end of the lessee's fiscal year.

The committee must draw up the portion of the report concerning its activities and send it to the lessee at least 2 working days before the deadline for publishing the report.

The lessee must produce the other portion of the report concerning the committee's expenses.

O.C. 1065-2015, s. 24.

CHAPTER  V  (Revoked)

O.C. 1042-2000O.C. 1065-2015, s. 25.

43.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 43; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 25.

44.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 44; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 25.

45.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 45; O.C. 1336-2000, s. 9; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 25.

CHAPTER  VI
MINING FOR SURFACE MINERAL SUBSTANCES

DIVISION  I
LEASE TO MINE SURFACE MINERAL SUBSTANCES

46.  An application for a lease to mine surface mineral substances shall be made on the form supplied by the Minister for that purpose and shall include the following information:

  (1)    the applicant's name, address, telephone number and, where applicable, the date of birth and the name, address and telephone number of the person to whom correspondence shall be sent;

  (2)    the business number assigned to the applicant pursuant to the Act respecting the legal publicity of enterprises (chapter P-44.1), where applicable;

  (3)    the information necessary for the location of the parcel of land covered by the application, the information related to the owner of the parcel of land and that related to the current operator of the deposit, where applicable;

  (4)    the nature of surface mineral substances that the applicant intends to extract or mine;

  (5)    a declaration of the applicant certifying that he meets the requirements provided for in section 47 and a declaration certifying that the given information is accurate.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 46.

47.  A lease to mine surface mineral substances may be entered into or renewed only if, at the time of presentation of the application, the applicant does not fail to perform any obligation referred to in section 155 of the Act he is bound to comply with in respect of a lease to mine surface mineral substances including that of paying the additional amount referred to in section 62 of this Regulation, or does not fail to comply with any of the obligations referred to in the second paragraph of section 140 of that Act that he is bound to comply with in respect of an authorization to extract such substances.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 47; O.C. 74-2005, s. 10.

§1.  Non-exclusive lease to mine surface mineral substances

48.  An application for a non-exclusive lease to mine surface mineral substances shall include a map, to a scale that is not smaller than 1:50 000, showing the location of the production site.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, where the application refers to a mining area for which a certificate of authorization is required under the Environment Quality Act (chapter Q-2), the scale of the map shall not be less than 1:5 000 and the map shall indicate, where applicable,

  (1)    the boundaries of the parcel of land that is subject to the application;

  (2)    the mining area, including the siting of the equipment, the loading, unloading and deposit areas for aggregate material, the storage areas for the overburden and topsoil, as well as the areas on which mine tailings are stored;

  (3)    the neighbouring territory up to 150 m from the mining area;

  (4)    the name and layout of any public highway within the meaning of the Highway Safety Code (chapter C-24.2), existing access roads and those to be built, watercourses and lakes, the location of wells and the location and nature of any structure, campground or recreation facility situated within the perimeter described in paragraph 3; and

  (5)    the date on which the map was made.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 48.

49.  An application for a non-exclusive lease to mine surface mineral substances shall include the payment of a rental of $270.30 for the term of the lease.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 49.

50.  Any application for the renewal of a non-exclusive lease to mine surface mineral substances shall be made in writing to the Minister and shall include the following information:

  (1)    the name, address and telephone number of the holder of the non-exclusive lease to mine surface mineral substances that is subject to the application;

  (2)    the alphanumerical code identifying the lease the renewal of which is applied for;

  (3)    the declarations referred to in paragraph 5 of section 46.

Such application for renewal shall include the payment of a rental of $270.30 for the term of the lease.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 50.

§2.  Exclusive lease to mine surface mineral substances

51.  An application for an exclusive lease to mine surface mineral substances shall include the following documents:

  (1)    the map referred to in section 48, established to a scale that is not smaller than 1:5 000, indicating the elements referred to in the second paragraph of that section and, for a peat-bog, a hypsometric contour map showing the dimensions of the peat-bog and the location of the proposed drainage system;

  (2)    a report describing the nature, extent and quality of the ore body or deposit;

  (3)    a report describing the intended uses for the mined substance, the proposed markets and the projected production rate; and

  (4)    a report describing the proposed mining method.

Where the application is submitted by a municipality or an intermunicipal board, the reports referred to in subparagraphs 3 and 4 of the first paragraph are replaced by a 5-year plan for the construction, repair and maintenance of streets and the road network.

Where the parcel of land covered by the application for an exclusive lease is situated in unsurveyed territory and its area and shape do not correspond to those of a land designated on a map that may be subject to a claim, as determined by the Minister and reproduced on the maps kept at the office of the registrar, and, for parts of lots or of blocks in surveyed territory where the parcel of land covered by the application does not cover entire lots or blocks according to the original survey, the perimeter appearing on the map shall be established through surveying or shall be defined by rectangular UTM coordinates (Universal Transverse Mercator) and the zone, according to the North American Datum 1983 (NAD83), and its system of geodesic coordinates in effect, in compliance with the National Topographic System of Canada (NTS); in the latter case, the apexes of the perimeter shall be numbered on the map and a list of corresponding coordinates shall be attached thereto.

Where the surface mineral substance that the applicant for an exclusive lease intends to mine is silica sand, calcite, dolomite or a type of rock used as building stone or silica ore, the report referred to in subparagraph 2 of the first paragraph shall be certified by a geologist who is a member of the Ordre des géologues du Québec or an engineer who is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 51; O.C. 74-2005, s. 11.

52.  An application for an exclusive lease to mine surface mineral substances shall also include the rental provided for in section 53 for the term of the lease.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 52.

53.  The amount of the rental that must be paid by the person applying for an exclusive lease to mine surface mineral substances other than peat-moss shall be fixed according to the term of the lease, in accordance with the following table:

_________________________________________________________

Term of the lease                   Amount of the rental
_________________________________________________________

5 years and less                    $2,979.66
_________________________________________________________

Over 5 years to 6 years             $3,574.32
_________________________________________________________

Over 6 years to 7 years             $4,170.04
_________________________________________________________

Over 7 years to 8 years             $4,768.94
_________________________________________________________

Over 8 years to 9 years             $5,362.54
_________________________________________________________

Over 9 years to 10 years            $5,957.20
_________________________________________________________                

The amount of the rental that must be paid by the person applying for an exclusive lease to produce peat-moss shall be $8,936.86.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 53.

54.  The fees that must be paid for an application to increase the area of a territory that is subject to an exclusive lease to mine surface mineral substances, made in accordance with section 146 of the Act, shall be $135.68.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 54.

55.  An application for the renewal of an exclusive lease to mine surface mineral substances shall be made in writing to the Minister and shall include the following information:

  (1)    the name, address and telephone number of the holder of the exclusive lease to mine surface mineral substances subject to the application;

  (2)    the alphanumerical code identifying the lease the renewal of which is applied for;

  (3)    the serial number of the land file established in the land register of the registry office for the situs of the lease or, if it is registered, the given registration number, and the identification number of the lease and, where applicable, that of its renewals and transfers;

  (4)    an update of the map required upon the application for an exclusive lease under subparagraph 1 of the first paragraph of section 51, indicating in addition the working faces, storage areas for mineral substances to be alienated, the accumulation areas of mine tailings and the site of buildings and infrastructures; and

  (5)    the declarations referred to in paragraph 5 of section 46.

The application for renewal of the lease shall include a copy of the certificate of authorization issued under the Environment Quality Act (chapter Q-2) and the rental provided for in section 53 for the term of the lease.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 55; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 26.

56.  The additional amount that must be paid for the renewal of an exclusive lease to mine surface mineral substances the application for renewal of which is made within 60 days preceding the expiry of such a lease shall be $115.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 56.

§3.  Public consultation

O.C. 1065-2015, s. 27.

56.1.  Les articles 39.1 et 39.2 s'appliquent, compte tenu des adaptations nécessaires, à la consultation publique exigée en vertu de l'article 140.1 de la Loi.

O.C. 1065-2015, s. 27.

DIVISION  I.1
PROTECTION OF IMPROVEMENTS ON LAND IN THE DOMAIN OF THE STATE

O.C. 1065-2015, s. 27.

56.2.  Improvements referred to in subparagraph 1 of the first paragraph of section 144 of the Act are those listed in section 14.

O.C. 1065-2015, s. 27.

DIVISION  II
AUTHORIZATION FOR THE EXTRACTION OF A FIXED QUANTITY OF SURFACE MINERAL SUBSTANCES

57.  The duties that a person authorized to extract a fixed quantity of surface mineral substances shall pay under the second paragraph of section 140 of the Act shall be $594.66 for the term of the authorization.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 57; O.C. 1336-2000, s. 10.

58.  The royalty that a person authorized to extract a fixed quantity of surface mineral substances shall pay pursuant to the second paragraph of section 140 of the Act shall be the same as the royalty that must be paid by the holder of a lease to mine surface mineral substances or by the operator or person referred to in section 223.1 of the Act, fixed in the table provided for in section 61.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 58.

DIVISION  III
REPORTS OF EXTRACTION AND ALIENATION OF SURFACE MINERAL SUBSTANCES

59.  The report of extraction and alienation of surface mineral substances referred to in section 155 of the Act shall be sent to the Minister 4 times a year not later than on the following dates:

  (1)    15 July for the report covering the term of 1 April to 30 June;

  (2)    15 October for the report covering the term of 1 July to 30 September;

  (3)    15 January for the report covering the term of 1 October to 31 December; and

  (4)    15 April for the report covering the term of 1 January to 31 March.

Despite the foregoing, the Minister may, in accordance with the second paragraph of section 155 of the Act, allow that a single annual report be sent to the Minister on the date fixed by the Minister

  (1)    where the holder of a lease to mine surface mineral substances, the operator or the person referred to in section 223.1 of the Act is, under the third paragraph of section 155 of the Act, exempt from payment of the royalty;

  (2)    where the holder of a lease to mine surface mineral substances holds an outfitter's licence under the Act respecting the conservation and development of wildlife (chapter C-61.1) and uses the surface mineral substances for the development and maintenance of the outfitting operation.

He may also, in accordance with the second paragraph of section 155 of the Act, require that a report be sent to him on the date he fixes on a monthly basis, where the holder of the non-exclusive lease to mine surface mineral substances, the operator or the person referred to in section 223.1 of the Act has already, in the past, been in one of the following situations:

  (1)    he operated or extracted surface mineral substances without having entered into a lease to mine surface mineral substances with the Minister or having obtained from him an authorization to extract such substances, except in the cases otherwise allowed under the Act;

  (2)    he failed to perform one of the obligations referred to in section 155 of the Act which he was required to comply with in respect of a lease to mine surface mineral substances or referred to in the second paragraph of section 140 of the Act which he was required to comply with in respect of an authorization to extract such substances.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 59; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 28.

DIVISION  IV
ROYALTIES

60.  For the purposes of this Division, a standard bale corresponds to 0.170 m3 of peat-moss compressed to 50%.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 60.

61.  Except for the cases of exemption from payment of the royalty provided for in the third paragraph of section 155 of the Act, the royalty that must be paid pursuant to the first paragraph of that section by the holder of a lease to mine surface mineral substances or by the operator or person referred to in section 223.1 of the Act shall be fixed, for each of the surface mineral substances listed in the following table, according to the quantity of the extracted or alienated substances:


Surface mineral substances Amount of royalty
Peat-moss $0.05 per standard bale of extracted peat-moss Sand, gravel, clay and other $0.70/m3 of extracted unconsolidated deposits substances ($0.36/m.t.) Building stone $4.65/m3 of alienated substances Crushed stone and any stone used for $0.26/m.t. of extracted construction purposes substances Stone and sand used as silica ore and $0.40/m.t. of extracted any stone used for the preparation substances of cement, such as limestone, calcite and dolomite Inert mine tailings from the ore $0.21/m.t. of extracted treatment or from pyrometallurgy substances operations and surface mineral substances other than those described in this table

m3 = cubic metre

m.t. = metric ton

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 61; O.C. 150-2006, s. 1.

DIVISION  V
ADDITIONAL AMOUNT PAYABLE FOR FAILING TO PERFORM THE OBLIGATIONS REFERRED TO IN SECTION 155 OF THE ACT

62.  An additional amount payable by the holder of a lease to mine surface mineral substances or by an operator or person referred to in section 223.1 of the Act shall be added to the royalties in the following cases:

  (1)    where the report of extraction and alienation of surface mineral substances referred to in section 155 of the Act has not been sent to the Minister on the date prescribed in the first paragraph of section 59 of this Regulation or on the date fixed by the Minister under the second paragraph of section 155 of the Act;

  (2)    where the royalties fixed in the table provided for in section 61 of this Regulation have not been paid on the date on which the report must be sent to the Minister.

In the case provided for in subparagraph 1 of the first paragraph, the amount shall be $52.25 for each report sent late. However, the amount shall be $104 if the delay in the transmission of the report exceeds 15 days.

In the case provided for in subparagraph 2 of the first paragraph, the amount shall be equal to the interest accrued on the amount of royalties payable, capitalized monthly, calculated from the date on which the report should have been sent to the Minister, at the rate fixed under section 28 of the Tax Administration Act (chapter A-6.002).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 62.

DIVISION  VI
CONDITIONS OF EXERCISE

63.  The holder of a lease to mine surface mineral substances who operates a sand pit shall deforest and remove the overburden and topsoil from the mining area over a distance of at least 20 m from the working face, without however exceeding the area required for the operation prescribed for the year.

The holder of a non-exclusive lease to mine surface mineral substances who operates a sand pit on lands in the domain of the State shall also store for restoration purposes the overburden and topsoil extracted from the mining area.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 63.

64.  In the absence of boundary markers, the holder of an exclusive lease to mine surface mineral substances must mark on the parcel of land subject thereto, the perimeter of the parcel of land and its apexes by posts. The lines between the posts must be marked on the land in such a way that they may be easily followed from one post to the next.

Posts must be driven with a precision equal to or greater than a metre.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 64; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 29.

65.  The holder of an exclusive lease to extract peat-moss shall, where applicable, in accordance with the Environment Quality Act (chapter Q-2), rehabilitate and restore, during the term of his lease, the land disturbed by his mining activities.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 65.

CHAPTER  VII
WORK AND REPORTS

DIVISION  I
NATURE OF WORK

66.  In this Chapter, “qualified professional” means a geologist who is a member of the Ordre des géologues du Québec, an engineer who is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec or, in the case of peat moss, an agrologist who is a member of the Order des agronomes du Québec or a holder of a bachelor's degree in biology.

For the purposes of this Chapter, diamond drilling of drill-holes to 5 m deep and less in rock constitutes sampling.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 66; O.C. 74-2005, s. 12; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 30.

67.  Prospecting work that may, in a report, be applied to the first term of the claim, in accordance with section 81 of the Act, shall comprise the exploration and examination of outcrops of rock and boulders, rock stripping, excavating in overburden and in rock, and sampling.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 67.

68.  For the purposes of the first paragraph of section 72 of the Act and this Chapter, technical evaluation studies consist in a compilation and synthesis on geological and exploration work on the lands that are subject to mining rights performed in order to assess the mineral potential.

For the purposes of the same provisions, property examination consists in the exploration and examination of outcrops of rock and boulders carried out on land that is subject to a mining right in order to find indicators of mineralization that may lead to the discovery of a mining field.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 68; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 31.

69.  The holder of a claim shall carry out one or more of the following types of work:

  (1)    technical evaluation studies under the supervision of a qualified professional;

  (2)    exploration and examination of peat-bogs, outcrops of rock and boulders;

  (3)    geological, geophysical or geochemical survey work for mining exploration purposes under the supervision of a qualified professional, including line cutting required for the surveys where such work is declared and reported with the results of the survey for which it was performed;

  (4)    rock stripping and excavating in overburden and in rock;

  (5)    sampling, including the accompanying analyses, and work to open a face for study purposes on land containing building stone;

  (6)    drill-holes bored in order to obtain cores, sludge or rock fragments and the analyses of the cores, sludge or fragments and the measure and recording of data along the drilled holes under the supervision of a qualified professional;

  (7)    exploration and tests on samples from the land subject to a mining right where such exploration or tests are carried out by a laboratory, a testing station or a team under the supervision of a qualified professional with the aim of contributing to the discovery or improvement of technical methods for exploration;

  (8)    technico-economic studies on pre-feasibility or feasibility under the supervision of a qualified professional;

  (9)    surveying the perimeter of the land subject to a mining right and locating the parcels of lands subject to a block of claims performed in order to convert them into or replace them by map designated claims;

  (9.1)    characterization work on a peat-bog carried out as part of an environmental assessment study;

  (9.2)    drainage work preparatory to the operation of a peat-bog;

  (9.3)    work for the progressive rehabilitation of a peat-bog;

  (9.4)    survey, inventory and wildlife and flora research work under the supervision of a qualified professional for the purposes of characterization on a peat-bog;

  (9.5)    hydrogeological studies under the supervision of a qualified professional, including survey work;

  (10)    (subparagraph revoked);

  (11)    rehabilitation and restoration work carried out under the supervision of a qualified professional, except work that, where required, was not carried out in accordance with the requirements of a rehabilitation and restoration plan imposed by law; rehabilitation and restoration work must however have been carried out on land for which types of work referred to in subparagraph 2, 4 or 5 have already been declared in a work report and where the Minister did not refuse the work pursuant to section 74 of the Act;

  (12)    protective measures prescribed in Division II of Chapter IX of this Regulation and, where there is cessation of mining activities, protection measures necessary to prevent any damage that may result from that cessation.

Work referred to in subparagraphs 2, 4 and 5 of the first paragraph shall be performed under the supervision of a qualified professional in the cases provided for in sections 73, 81 and 82.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 69; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 32.

DIVISION  II
COSTS INCURRED FOR WORK

70.  Costs incurred for work prescribed in section 69 shall be the following:

  (1)    the cost for contractors and consultants;

  (2)    the costs of labour and those related to supervision on the land;

  (3)    the costs for the supply and rental of equipment;

  (4)    travel costs of the personnel and for material to destination and from the land where the work is performed;

  (5)    food and accommodation expenses of the personnel;

  (6)    building costs for temporary access roads;

  (7)    costs for tests and chemical analyses made for the purpose of exploring mineral substances;

  (8)    costs for producing reports, plans and maps;

  (9)    costs for the transportation of cores and samples;

  (10)    depreciation accounting costs for the equipment used on the land up to 10% of all the costs related to the work declared and reported.

The costs shall be supported by vouchers that must be provided to the Minister upon request.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 70.

71.  The amount disbursed for the carrying out of the work prescribed in section 69 shall be used to reach the minimum cost of work determined in section 15.

The amount shall include, in the case of non-remunerated work, an amount equivalent to that which should have been paid for the carrying out of the work. The amount is computed on the basis of the average wages for the performance of similar work in the region where such work is carried out.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 71; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 33.

DIVISION  III
MINING WORK REPORTS

§1.  Report on technical evaluation studies

72.  The report on technical evaluation studies shall include the following information:

  (1)    the number or the alphanumerical code identifying the mining right on the land from which work serving as a basis for the work was performed;

  (2)    the purpose of the study, a compilation and a synthesis of the mining work performed previously on the land and the state of the geological knowledge of the sector concerned or the knowledge of the wetland ecosystem in the case of a peat-bog;

  (3)    the interpretations, conclusions and recommendations that result therefrom and the bibliographical references.

The report on technical evaluation studies shall also include, as schedules, plans and maps necessary for the understanding of the study, established to a scale that makes it possible to locate the work and to identify the geoscientific information or the wildlife and flora information in the case of a peat-bog.

The report shall be signed by a qualified professional under whose supervision the studies were carried out and shall include the work declaration form, duly completed, supplied by the Minister.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 72; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 34.

§2.  Report of exploration work and examination of outcrops of rock and boulders

73.  The report of exploration work and examination of outcrops of rock and boulders shall describe the work carried out, include the analytical results obtained and be presented on the form supplied by the Minister entitled “Simplified mining work report”.

The report of exploration work and examination of outcrops of rock and boulders shall include, where applicable, as schedules, the geological, geophysical, geochemical or other maps listed on the form referred to in the first paragraph, established to a scale that makes it possible to locate the work.

The report shall be signed by a qualified professional under whose supervision the exploration and examination work was carried out where the amount spent for all the work, declared and reported during a given term, exceeds $5,000 per mining right, and shall include the work declaration form, duly completed, supplied by the Minister.

The amount of the exploration and examination work shall be calculated regardless of the fact that it may have been carried out as prospecting work or property examination.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 73.

§3.  Survey work report

74.  The survey work report shall cover the entire area of surveys and include the information required under sections 75, 77 or 79 according to whether it is a report of geological, geophysical or geochemical surveys.

The survey work report shall also include the following elements:

  (1)    a title-page, a table of contents, a table of maps, a summary, the purpose of the survey, the data gathered and their interpretation, the conclusions, the recommendations resulting therefrom, a topographic map of the location of the work based on the national topographic system, and bibliographical references;

  (2)    as a schedule to the report, the plans and maps established to a scale that makes it possible to locate the work, covering the entire area of the survey and indicating the information required under section 76, 78 or 80 depending on whether it is a report of geological, geophysical or geochemical surveys.

The report shall be signed by a qualified professional under whose supervision the surveys were carried out and shall include the work declaration form, duly completed, supplied by the Minister.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 74.

75.  The following information shall be included in the survey work report, in the case of a report on geological surveys:

  (1)    a description of the local geology including the various rock units observed and, where applicable, the distribution and nature of the overburden, the stratigraphic succession, the characteristics of the contacts and metamorphic features, incorporating the results of analyses and microscopic study;

  (2)    a description of the structural geology, indicating the nature, attitude and orientation of the folds, foliation, cleavage and schistosity, lineation, shearing, joints, fractures and faults observed and, where applicable, the direction and the importance of the known or assumed displacements along the faults;

  (3)    a description of the economic geology, stating the character and extent of the observed mineralization, the location and description of the showings encountered and commented results of all analyses performed.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 75.

76.  The following information shall be given on the plans and maps attached to the survey work report in the case of a report on geological surveys:

  (1)    where applicable, the outline of outcrops, the extent and type of glacial deposits, the location of significant mineralized boulders or boulder trains and the direction of glacial striae;

  (2)    the identification of the various rock types observed in the course of the geological survey or of previous work, which shall be designated by means of names, figures, letters or symbols whose meaning shall be given in the table of formations shown on at least one of the geological maps;

  (3)    the outline of geological contours, alteration zones, observed or assumed mineralized zones and the observed textural features;

  (4)    where applicable, the strike, dip and top of beds or rock units and pillowed lava, the strike and dip of foliation, cleavage, schistosity, principal joints, shear zones and faults and the known or assumed direction of movement along such faults and shear zones; the trend and plunge of lineation, the axial trace and the type of folds;

  (5)    where applicable, the site from which tested and analyzed samples were taken and the location of drill-holes, exploration pits and trenches, areas of rock stripping, sand pits, gravel pits and quarries.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 76.

77.  The following information shall be included in the survey work report, in the case of a report on geophysical surveys:

  (1)    the methods used in conducting the survey and controlling its precision, the instruments used, their characteristics and, where applicable, their reading constant;

  (2)    the technical data of the survey.

In addition, in the case of a report on airborne surveys, the survey work report shall also include the following information:

  (1)    the flight dates and the type of aircraft used;

  (2)    the spacing of the survey lines, the flight speed and the altitude above mean ground level.

The report on geophysical airborne surveys shall include the digital recording of the measurements taken by the airborne instruments. Those measures shall be recorded on a common use electronic medium and shall include a description of the parameters and the format of the data.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 77.

78.  The following information shall be given on the plans and maps attached to the survey work report, in the case of a report on geophysical surveys:

  (1)    where applicable, the geophysical readings taken at intervals or continuously along all survey lines or the corrected readings;

  (2)    the raw numerical data essential to the interpretation of the results plotted as profiles or contours.

The anomalies, observations and interpretations shall be shown by letters, numbers or symbols.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the case of a report on airborne geophysical surveys, the maps attached to the surveys shall indicate geophysical readings obtained or the corrected readings after data processing plotted as profiles or contours or anomalies in relation to the flight lines. The anomalies, observations and interpretations shall be identified by letters, numbers or symbols.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 78.

79.  The following information shall be included in the survey work report, in the case of a report on geochemical surveys:

  (1)    the description of the vegetation covering the ground being surveyed and, where applicable, the identification of the sources of contamination;

  (2)    the name of the laboratory that performed the analyses;

  (3)    the type of mineralization sought, the nature of the material sampled, the method of sample preparation, the method of analysis used, the number of samples analysed and the elements determined in each analysis;

  (4)    the nature of the different layers of soil and unconsolidated sediments observed during the carrying out of the survey;

  (5)    where applicable, a description of the statistical method used and the results obtained.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 79.

80.  The following information shall be indicated on the maps attached to the survey work report, in the case of a report on geochemical surveys:

  (1)    sampling sites and their number;

  (2)    the significant results obtained by analysis.

The report on geochemical surveys shall include synoptic maps of geochemical activity, where applicable.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 80.

§4.  Report on stripping and excavation work

81.  The report on stripping and excavation work shall present the objective of the work carried out and include the following information:

  (1)    the references to the geological and analytical data already available;

  (2)    the observed or measured geological data;

  (3)    the correlation between the information already available and that from the work carried out, as well as the interpretations, estimates, conclusions and recommendations resulting therefrom;

  (4)    where applicable, the sampling methods used, the methods for verifying their representativeness and the results of the verifications;

  (5)    where applicable, the analytical results, the verification procedures for the analyses and the results of the verifications.

The report on stripping and excavation work shall also include, as schedules, the plans and maps established to a scale that makes it possible to locate the work and identify the geological information.

The report shall be signed by a qualified professional under whose supervision the stripping and excavation work was carried out where the amount spent for all the work, declared and reported during a given term, exceeds $5,000 per mining right, and shall include the work declaration form, duly completed, supplied by the Minister. Where the amount spent for all the work does not exceed $5,000 per mining right, the report may be presented on the form entitled “Simplified mining work report”.

The amount of the stripping and excavation work shall be calculated regardless of the fact that it may have been carried out as prospecting work.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 81.

§5.  Report on sampling work and on work to open a face

82.  The report on sampling work and on work to open a face shall present the objective of the work carried out and shall include the following information:

  (1)    the observed or measured geological data;

  (2)    where applicable, the description of the sampling and verification methods used, including the sampling method and the method for verifying the samplings;

  (3)    where applicable, the analytical results, the verification procedures for those analyses and the results of the verifications;

  (4)    where applicable, the description of the various quality control methods and the manner in which the results were compiled.

The report on sampling work and on work to open a face shall also include, as schedules, the following elements:

  (1)    the plans and maps established to a scale that makes it possible to locate the work and identify the geological information;

  (2)    where applicable, the analysis certificates giving the complete results obtained for each sample whose number corresponds to that indicated on the plans and maps and the certificates giving all the verification results for the samplings and analyses.

The report shall be signed by a qualified professional under whose supervision the sampling work was carried out where the amount spent for all the work, declared and reported during a given term, exceeds $5,000 per mining right, and shall include the work declaration form, duly completed, supplied by the Minister. Where the amount spent for all the work does not exceed $5,000 per mining right, the report may, as for the work, be presented on the form entitled “Simplified mining work report”.

The report shall also be signed by a qualified professional under whose supervision the work to open a face was carried out where the amount spent for all the work, declared and reported during a given term, exceeds $10,000 per mining right, and shall include the work declaration form, duly completed, supplied by the Minister. Where the amount spent for all the work does not exceed $10,000 per mining right, the report may, as for the work, be presented on the form entitled “Simplified mining work report”.

The analysis certificates referred to in subparagraph 2 of the second paragraph shall be dated and signed by the person in charge of the laboratory where the analyses were carried out.

The amount of the work to open a face for sampling shall be calculated regardless of the fact that it may have been carried out as prospecting work.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 82.

§6.  Report on drill-holes

83.  The report on drill-holes shall present the objective of the work carried out and shall include the following information:

  (1)    the observed or measured geological data;

  (2)    the sampling method for cores, sludge or rock fragments that was used and the methods for verifying the samplings and the results of the verifications;

  (3)    the analytical results, the verification procedures for the analyses and the results of the verifications.

The report on drill-holes shall also include, as schedules, the following elements:

  (1)    the maps established to a scale that makes it possible to locate the work and identify the geological information, including the location of each drill-hole collar and its horizontal projection with reference to the boundaries of the land subject to the mining right;

  (2)    where applicable, the analysis certificates giving the complete results obtained for each sample whose number corresponds to that indicated in survey logs and the certificates giving all the verification results for the samplings and analyses, including those of the dual holes;

  (3)    a logbook indicating, for each of the holes, including the dual holes for inspection:

  (a)      the identification of the hole, the altitude of the collar, the diameter of the hole, its depth, the survey methods used, its direction, the angle measures carried out and the method used, the presence of the casing and the rectangular UTM coordinates (Universal Transverse Mercator) and the zone, enabling to locate the test hole, defined according to the North American Datum 1927 (NAD27), and its system of geodesic coordinates, or according to the North American Datum 1983 (NAD83), and its system of geodesic coordinates in effect, in compliance with the National Topographic System of Canada (NTS);

  (b)      the depth and nature of overburden penetrated, the consecutive depths of intersection of the various rocks or varieties of the same rock, the mineralogical and structural information, alterations and, where applicable, the nature, distribution and abundance of mineralization;

  (c)      where applicable, the recording of the lost intervals or partial recovery, or the recording of intervals contaminated by crumbling walls;

  (d)      the depth and length of each of the sections analysed, the results obtained from the analyses and the verification results for the analyses;

  (e)      the tridimensional orientation method of the drill-hole used and the results of the measures and verifications carried out;

  (f)      the storage site of the drill-hole cores or samples of percussion drilling or reverse circulation.

The report shall be signed by a qualified professional under whose supervision the work was carried out and shall include the work declaration form, duly completed, supplied by the Minister.

The analysis certificates referred to in subparagraph 2 of the second paragraph shall be dated and signed by the person in charge of the laboratory where the analyses were carried out.

The record of drill-holes referred to in subparagraph 3 of the second paragraph shall be signed by a qualified professional who proceeded with the examination of the cores, sludge or fragments.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 83.

§7.  Report on research work

84.  The report on research work shall include the following elements:

  (1)    a report on research and tests:

  (a)      containing a summary of the work previously done on the land where such work justifies the research work carried out and indicating all the sources of reference on the data derived from previous work;

  (b)      indicating the methods used for sampling and for research work, the correlation determined between the former samplings and those carried out under research work, and the representativeness of the samples submitted in relation to the collection of data, considering the various geological or mineralogical areas observed during the detailed mapping or from the interpretations;

  (c)      specifying the purpose and the methods of the research and testing project, the name and dates of participation of each laboratory, testing station, body, institution, company or partnership which participated in it and, indicating in each case, the objective pursued by each one, the methods used, the results obtained and the interpretation and conclusions derived therefrom;

  (d)      indicating the quality controls carried out during the research and test performance;

  (2)    a plan or a detailed geological map established to a scale that makes it possible to describe the geological environment of the samples; the plans and maps must identify and number the sites where the samples used for research and tests were taken and the other samples located in the immediate environment.

The report on research work shall include the work declaration form, duly completed, supplied by the Minister. The report on research and tests referred to in subparagraph 1 of the first paragraph shall be signed by a qualified professional under whose supervision the work was carried out.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 84.

§8.  Report on technico-economic studies on pre-feasibility or feasibility

85.  The report on technico-economic studies on pre-feasibility or feasibility shall include the following information:

  (1)    the number or the alphanumerical code identifying the mining right on which the work used as a basis for studies was carried out;

  (2)    the purpose of the study, the manner in which it was carried out and a summary of the work accomplished previously on the land justifying the studies performed;

  (3)    the complete geoscientific and technical data obtained including, where applicable, the environmental impact assessment of the mining project where that study is prepared under the requirements of the Environment Quality Act (chapter Q-2).

The report on technico-economic studies on pre-feasibility or feasibility shall also include, as schedules, the plans and maps necessary for the understanding of the study, established to a scale that makes it possible to locate the work and identify the geoscientific information, in particular the following maps and plans:

  (a)      geological and compilation maps locating mineralized showings and zones, trenches, rock excavations, geophysical and geochemical anomalies, drill-holes and mineralized intersections, underground work and sampling points;

  (b)      detailed plans and sections of mineralized deposits and surface work carried out in depth showing the samples taken and the content obtained.

The plans and maps referred to in the second paragraph shall indicate, for each of the lands, the number or the alphanumerical code identifying the mining right on the land from which the work used as a basis for studies was carried out and the perimeter of the land.

The report on technico-economic studies shall be signed by a qualified professional under whose supervision the studies were carried out and shall include the work declaration form, duly completed, supplied by the Minister.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 85.

DIVISION  IV
SPECIAL PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO CERTAIN WORK REPORTS

86.  Reports that must be signed by a qualified professional in accordance with Division III of this Chapter shall also include a written declaration indicating the monetary interests the signee has in the mining rights or holds through a legal person, a partnership or an enterprise.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 86.

87.  Reports, plans and maps concerning the surveys carried out during the term referred to in section 81 of the Act shall indicate and comment on the results for the whole area covered by the survey.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 87.

88.  When an airborne geophysical survey covers lands subject to mining rights belonging to more than 1 holder, each holder may use the survey, provided that the work report includes sufficient proof that the holder contributed to the cost of the survey proportionately to the area of the lands on which he holds mining rights.

In such a case, only the amount paid by each holder for that part of the survey covering the lands on which he holds a mining right may be declared and the documents and information required under sections 74 and 77 and in the third paragraph of section 78 do not have to be forwarded or supplied if they have already been submitted and cover the same lands.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 88.

89.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 89; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 35.

DIVISION  V
QUALITY OF REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

90.  Reports, plans and maps referred to in this Chapter shall be established so that they may be clearly and precisely reproduced by photographic or digital processes.

To that end, they shall meet the following requirements:

  (1)    writing shall be printed or typed;

  (2)    plans and maps shall carry no photomosaic information;

  (3)    scales of plans and maps shall be graphic and digital;

  (4)    legends of plans and maps shall use symbols other than colours; colour may be used together with another symbol;

  (5)    plans and maps shall indicate:

  (a)      at the 4 corners, either the geographical (latitude, longitude) or rectangular UTM coordinates (Universal Transverse Mercator) and the zone, defined according to the North American Datum 1983 (NAD83), and its system of geodesic coordinates, in effect in accordance with the National Topographic System of Canada (NTS);

  (b)      the location of any geodesic station or other survey or topographic marker and of any control station that the work was tied in with;

  (c)      the perimeter of the land where the work was carried out, topographic landmarks as well as roads, rivers, lakes, township and seigniory boundaries and, where applicable, range and lot lines.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 90; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 36.

91.  Every report related to mining work shall include a map of mining titles to a scale of 1:50 000 locating the mining property where the work was carried out and the perimeter of the lands where the work was carried out.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 91.

CHAPTER  VIII
MINING SURVEY

92.  In addition to following the instructions of the Minister given under the second paragraph of section 210 of the Act, the land surveyor who does the mining survey of land subject to a mining right shall

  (1)    in the case of a claim, examine all the documents related to the staking, map designation, conversion, amalgamation and substitution, as the case may be;

  (2)    draw straight lines between the apexes of lands subject to a mining right while complying with the limits of the older claims in the case of a claim obtained by staking;

  (3)    note and describe in the certificate which shall be included with the survey documents any irregularity he discovers while surveying land subject to a mining right.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 92; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 37.

93.  The land surveyor's certificate shall be presented in the form prescribed in Schedule II.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 93.

CHAPTER  IX
GENERAL PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO ANY PERSON CARRYING ON MINING OPERATIONS

DIVISION  I
PLANS, NOTICES, RECORDS AND REPORTS

94.  The following plans or certified copies of the plans shall be sent to the Minister in accordance with section 223 of the Act:

  (1)    a surface plan showing the boundaries of the land that is subject to a mining right, watercourses and water bodies, railways, power lines, surface openings of any underground works, open-pit mines, accumulation areas, as defined in section 107, including those located outside the boundaries of the land, and the areas of those accumulation areas that were subject to restoration work, buildings and other installations, tailing stockpiles and rock outcrops and all other works carried out on the surface;

  (2)    plans of underground works showing for each level, drifts, cross-cuts, shafts and raises, shelters, emergency exits and all outlets to other mines;

  (3)    plans in the form of vertical sections showing the position of underground works and open-pit mines in relation to the surface of the land and that of the bedrock.

The plans shall comprise all the works existing in the mine on 31 December of the year preceding their transmission and be drawn to a scale not smaller than 1:2 500 for underground works or not smaller than 1:5 000 for surface works.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 94.

95.  The written notice that shall be sent to the Minister under section 224 of the Act shall include the following information:

  (1)    the date on which the work is to begin;

  (2)    the name of the mine or project and the name and address of the operator and of the holder of the mining right;

  (3)    the name and address of the manager or of the person to whom notices shall be sent under the Act;

  (4)    the nature of the mining operations.

However, where work is resumed after a suspension of 6 months or more, the notice shall give the date on which the work resumed and, where applicable, the changes that occurred since the suspension in relation to the information referred to in subparagraphs 2, 3 and 4 of the first paragraph.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 95.

96.  The following are the plans and records that shall be kept up-to-date in accordance with the first paragraph of section 225 of the Act:

  (1)    the plans referred to in section 94;

  (2)    plans showing geological and geophysical findings, samples with their content in metals or minerals determined by test or analysis;

  (3)    a record of all drill-holes giving for each drill-hole its location, direction, angle, the name and description of rocks intersected and their thickness and the samples taken with their content in metals or minerals determined by test or analysis.

Plans required under subparagraph 2 of the first paragraph shall, in the same manner as those prescribed in subparagraph 1, be drawn to a scale not smaller than 1:2 500 for underground works or not smaller than 1:5 000 for surface works.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 96.

97.  The record of excavations and drill-holes that shall be kept up-to-date in accordance with the second paragraph of section 225 of the Act, shall include the same information as the record of drill-holes prescribed in subparagraph 3 of the first paragraph of section 96.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 97.

98.  The documents that shall be submitted to the Minister in accordance with the second paragraph of section 226 of the Act are the plans and record prescribed in subparagraphs 2 and 3 of the first paragraph of section 96.

In addition, the operator shall report the quantity and nature of the unmined mineralized deposits.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 98.

DIVISION  II
PROTECTIVE MEASURES WHEN MINING OPERATIONS ARE DISCONTINUED

99.  The holder of a mining right or an operator who temporarily or permanently discontinues mining operations shall seal off or cover surface openings of shafts, raises, adits, declines or any other similar access to underground works, by means of reinforced concrete slabs or stone, sand or gravel backfill. He must however provide an opening equipped with a grate giving access to bats, if the situation justifies it.

Mine shafts shall be sealed off or covered in accordance with this Division, even if the head frame or shaft house is left in place.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 99; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 38.

100.  Reinforced concrete slabs used to seal off the access to a mine shall have the following characteristics:

  (1)    where they are cast in place, be equipped with an opening of 100 mm in diameter topped with a metal tube 1 m high curved downward allowing ventilation;

  (2)    comply with or be equivalent to the standard specified in the plan appearing in Schedule III and have a minimum thickness of 150 mm where the concrete used in their fabrication has a strength of at least 30 MPa and neither the opening nor the slab have a width exceeding 1.50 m;

  (3)    be equipped with an engraved inscription indicating the year of their fabrication and the name of the mine where they are installed.

Reinforced concrete slabs must be proportionately thicker than what is prescribed under subparagraph 2 of the first paragraph in order to give them strength equivalent to that prescribed in that subparagraph where the concrete used in their fabrication has a strength of less than 30 MPa or when the width of the opening or slab used is greater than 1.50 m.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 100.

101.  Reinforced concrete slabs other than those cast in place may consist of several sections at least 1.50 m in width and must comply with or be equivalent to the standard specified in the plan appearing in Schedule III and be equipped with eye-bolts, openings or any other fixture in order to make it possible to move them.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 101.

102.  Reinforced concrete slabs used to seal off or cover the access to a mine must be placed on the concrete of the rims or directly on the bedrock where the openings are not made of concrete.

Where a slab of reinforced concrete is laid or cast directly onto the rock of the opening, the space between the latter and the surface level must be backfilled with sand, gravel or other similar material.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 102.

103.  Underground worksites with a surface opening shall be filled in with mineral substances and the land levelled so as to be harmonized with the surrounding topography.

Backfill may be replaced by a fence built around the worksite at a sufficient distance from the latter, established according to geotechnical considerations of rocky walls or overlying soils according to the following standards:

  (1)    the fence shall be made of 9-gauge galvanized link steel, with openings not exceeding 60 mm on a side;

  (2)    the fence shall be at least 2.50 m high and the wire mesh shall be welded to the posts and to the horizontal supports or fixed by fastening straps bolted or riveted or by any other fastening means that will prevent it from being stolen;

  (3)    the end and corner posts and the posts supporting gates shall be at least 90 mm in diameter in galvanized steel at least 3.175 mm thick; the others shall be at least 60 mm in diameter in galvanized steel at least 2.54 mm thick. They shall not be more than 3 m apart;

  (4)    the top rail used as a horizontal support shall be a pipe at least 45 mm in diameter in galvanized steel at least 3.556 mm thick;

  (5)    the end and corner posts and the posts supporting gates shall be fit with braces composed of a galvanized steel pipe at least 45 mm in diameter and at least 2.54 mm thick. The braces must be installed at mid-height between the top rail and the bottom of the netting;

  (6)    the concrete must have a strength of at least 20 MPa in 28 days, a maximum slump of 100 mm and 5% to 7% of entrained air. The maximum size of coarse aggregate must be 19 mm;

  (7)    except when posts are inserted in rock, the holes in which posts are inserted shall be 1.20 m deep, at least 300 mm in diameter at the opening and they shall be filled with concrete when the posts are inserted;

  (8)    in rock, holes used to hold posts shall be at least 500 mm deep and have the necessary diameter to insert posts and concrete therein;

  (9)    gates shall be of the same height as the fence and be equipped with a device that will prevent them from being stolen;

  (10)    a 9-gauge tension wire, in galvanized steel, must be installed at the bottom of the fence and affixed to the netting by means of ties made of galvanized steel wire;

  (11)    damaged galvanized surfaces and welds shall be covered with zinc-rich paint.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 103; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 39.

104.  Signs warning of the danger of the access to a mine and the underground worksites with a surface opening shall be placed at the entrance to the access road to the mine and on each of the sides of the fence or gate surrounding the danger sites, at an interval allowing their visibility, at a distance that may not exceed 30 m.

Warning signs shall be made up of a non-corrosive metallic substance and shall bear at least the word “danger”.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 104.

105.  Where the stability of surface pillars may not be insured on a long term basis, a fence built according to the standards prescribed in the second paragraph of section 103 shall be installed around the zone in question at a sufficient distance from the latter, established according to geotechnical considerations of rocky walls and overlying soils.

Signs warning of the danger of the zone in question shall be provided at the locations referred to in the first paragraph of section 104, at an interval allowing their visibility, at a distance that may not exceed 30 m.

The second paragraph of section 104 applies, with the necessary modifications, to the signs referred to in this section.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 105.

106.  The protective measures prescribed in this Division shall be checked annually and maintained in good order.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 106.

DIVISION  III
REHABILITATION AND RESTORATION MEASURES

107.  In this Division:

“accumulation area” means a parcel of land intended for the accumulation of mineral substances, overburden, concentrates or tailings. (aire d'accumulation)

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 107.

108.  The following constitute the exploration work referred to in subparagraph 1 of the first paragraph of section 232.1 of the Act:

  (1)    any excavation for the purpose of mining exploration, involving one of the following:

  (a)      the movement of 5,000 m3 or more of unconsolidated deposits;

  (b)      rock stripping or the movement of unconsolidated deposits covering an area of 10,000 m2 or more;

  (c)      the extraction or movement of mineral substances for geological or geochemical sampling in amounts of 500 metric tons or more;

  (2)    any work carried out in respect of material deposited in accumulation areas, in particular either of the following:

  (a)      drill-holes;

  (b)      the excavation, movement or sampling of accumulated material or cover material;

  (3)    any underground work related to mining exploration, in particular one of the following:

  (a)      the sinking of access ramps and shafts, and any other excavation;

  (b)      the dewatering of mine shafts and keeping of excavations dry;

  (c)      the restoration of worksites or other underground works;

  (d)      the hoisting of mineral substances to the surface;

  (4)    the preparation of accumulation areas for the activities referred to in subparagraph 1, 2 or 3.

For the purposes of subparagraph 1, “unconsolidated deposits” means any mineral substance covering the bedrock, except those deposited in accumulation areas.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 108; O.C. 838-2013, s. 1; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 40.

109.  The following constitute the mining operations referred to in subparagraphs 2 and 4 of the first paragraph of section 232.1 of the Act:

  (1)    any activity related to the open-pit or underground extraction of ore or mine tailings, including one of the following:

  (a)      drawing and transportation;

  (b)      sinking various shafts and access ramps, and any other excavation;

  (c)      crushing;

  (d)      keeping excavations dry;

  (2)    the processing of ore or mine tailings, excluding refining and the pelletizing of iron ore or iron concentrate but including one of the following:

  (a)      preparation, including one of the following:

  (i)    washing;

  (ii)    wet and dry sieving;

  (iii)    crushing;

  (iv)    grinding;

  (v)    classifying;

  (b)      beneficiation, including one of the following:

  (i)    gravity concentration;

  (ii)    flotation;

  (iii)    cyanidation;

  (iv)    magnetic separation;

  (v)    heap leaching or in situ leaching;

  (c)      solid-liquid separation, including one of the following:

  (i)    settling and thickening;

  (ii)    filtration;

  (iii)    drying;

  (iv)    agglomeration;

  (3)    the preparation of accumulation areas for the activities referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2;

  (4)    in the case of foundry activities, only the preparation of an accumulation area constitutes a mining operation;

  (5)    exploration activities listed in section 108 where they are involved in the operations referred to in this section.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 109.

110.  The mineral substances referred to in subparagraph 2 of the first paragraph of section 232.1 of the Act include any mineral substance other than petroleum, natural gas, brine and surface mineral substances.

“Surface mineral substances” refers to the substances listed in section 1 of the Act, except however inert mine tailings used in construction, for the manufacture of construction materials or for the amendment of soils.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 110.

111.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 111; O.C. 838-2013, s. 2; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 41.

112.  The person referred to in subparagraph 1 of the first paragraph of section 232.1 of the Act must provide the Minister with the guarantee required under section 232.4 of the Act before the beginning of exploration work.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 112; O.C. 838-2013, s. 2.

113.  The person referred to in any of subparagraphs 2 to 4 of the first paragraph of section 232.1 of the Act must provide the Minister with the guarantee determined under section 232.4 of the Act in accordance with the following rules:

  (1)    the guarantee must be submitted in 3 payments;

  (2)    the first payment must be made within 90 days following receipt of approval of the plan;

  (3)    each subsequent payment must be made on the anniversary date of approval of the plan;

  (4)    the first payment represents 50% of the total amount of the guarantee and the second and third payments, 25% each.

O.C. 838-2013, s. 2.

114.  Notwithstanding sections 112 and 113, the persons referred to in those sections, who must provide more than 1 guarantee during a given year, may provide during that year a single guarantee covering the total amount of the guarantees, provided that the description of the guarantees included in the various rehabilitation and restoration plans is the same as regards the form of guarantees.

Payment of the guarantee covering the total amount of guarantees shall be carried out on the first of the dates on which, during the given year, the guarantees had to be provided.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 114.

115.  The person referred to in section 232.1 of the Act shall submit a guarantee to the Minister in one of the following forms or in a combination thereof:

  (1)    a cheque made out to the Minister of Finance of Québec;

  (2)    bonds issued or guaranteed by Québec or another province of Canada, by Canada or by a municipality in Canada and having a market value at least equal to the amount of the guarantee exigible. Registered bonds shall be submitted with a power of attorney on behalf of the Minister of Finance and, where applicable, with a resolution authorizing the person who signs the power of attorney;

  (3)    guaranteed investment certificates or term deposit certificates, in Canadian dollars, issued on behalf of the Minister of Finance by a bank, a savings and credit union or a trust company. Such certificates shall have a term of at least 12 months, shall be automatically renewable until the issue of the certificate of release provided for in section 232.10 of the Act and shall not include any restriction in respect of redemption during its term;

  (4)    an irrevocable and unconditional letter of credit issued on behalf of the Gouvernement du Québec by a bank, a savings and credit union or a trust company;

  (5)    security or a guarantee policy issued on behalf of the Gouvernement du Québec by a legal person legally empowered to act in that quality;

  (6)    (subparagraph revoked);

  (7)    a trust constituted in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Code and meeting the following requirements:

  (a)      the purpose of the trust is to ensure completion of the work provided for in the rehabilitation and restoration plan under sections 232.1 to 232.10 of the Act;

  (b)      the Minister of Finance and the person referred to in section 232.1 of the Act are joint beneficiaries of the trust;

  (c)      the trustee is a bank, a savings and credit union or a trust company;

  (d)      the trust patrimony is comprised only of sums in cash, or of bonds or certificates of the same type as those referred to in subparagraphs 2 and 3 of the first paragraph of this section.

The financial institutions referred to in subparagraphs 3, 4 and 7 of the first paragraph must be empowered by law to carry on the activities provided for in those subparagraphs.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 115; O.C. 838-2013, s. 3.

116.  In the case of a trust, interest yielded by the trust patrimony belongs to the trust. Interest kept as part of the trust patrimony shall not be used as payment of the guarantee.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 116.

117.  The guarantees referred to in subparagraphs 1 to 3 of the first paragraph of section 115 shall be received on deposit by the Minister of Finance pursuant to the Deposit Act (chapter D-5).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 117.

118.  Where a guarantee is given under subparagraph 3 or 7 of the first paragraph of section 115, the contract that constitutes the guarantee shall include the following conditions:

  (1)    the purpose of the guarantee is to ensure completion of the work provided for in the rehabilitation and restoration plan under sections 232.1 to 232.10 of the Act;

  (2)    no person may make withdrawals or be reimbursed without having obtained the certificate of release provided for in section 232.10 of the Act or a reduction in the guarantee under section 232.7 of the Act. That prohibition also applies to any form of compensation that may be made by the bank, the savings and credit union, the trust company or the trustee;

  (3)    where section 232.8 of the Act applies, payment of the guarantee is exigible at the Minister's request;

  (4)    the bank, the savings and credit union, the trust company or the trustee shall provide the Minister with the information it possesses concerning the contract;

  (5)    in case of dispute, the courts of Québec are the sole competent courts;

  (6)    in the case of a trust:

  (a)      the trustee shall be domiciled in Québec;

  (b)      the trustee shall see to the management of the trust at the expense of the settlor or of the person referred to in section 232.1 of the Act;

  (c)      the trust terminates when the Minister

  (i)    issues the certificate of release provided for in section 232.10 of the Act or the trust is replaced by another guarantee that complies with the requirements of this Regulation;

  (ii)    acts on the condition provided for in subparagraph 3 of the first paragraph of this section.

The person referred to in section 232.1 of the Act shall submit to the Minister a certified copy of the original contract.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 118.

119.  The purpose of the irrevocable and unconditional letter of credit provided for in subparagraph 4 of the first paragraph of section 115, of the security or guarantee policy provided for in subparagraph 5 of the first paragraph of that section is to guarantee payment of the cost of the work where the requirements of sections 232.1 to 232.10 of the Act are not met. The contract shall have a term of at least 12 months and shall include clauses providing that:

  (1)    in the case of non-renewal, termination, revocation or cancellation, the guarantor shall notify the Minister at least 60 days before the date fixed for the expiry, termination, revocation or cancellation of the guarantee;

  (2)    in the case of non-renewal, termination, revocation or cancellation, the guarantor remains responsible, where the requirements of sections 232.1 to 232.10 of the Act are not met, for the payment of the cost of the work involved in mining operations carried out before the date of expiry, termination, non-renewal or revocation up to the amount covered by the letter of credit, the security or guarantee policy. That responsibility shall hold until the issue of a certificate of release provided for in section 232.10 of the Act, unless the person in question has deposited an alternative guarantee or the guarantor has deposited the amount covered by the letter of credit, the security or guarantee policy in a trust that complies with this Regulation where the Minister of Finance and the guarantor are joint beneficiaries;

  (3)    where applicable, the obligation is solidary, with a waiver of the benefits of discussion and division;

  (4)    the guarantor consents to the Minister's being able at any time after the sending of a notice of 60 days to make changes to the rehabilitation and restoration plan and waives pleading against the Minister any ground of defence pertaining to the content of the plan;

  (5)    where section 232.8 of the Act applies, payment of the guarantee is exigible at the Minister's request;

  (6)    in the case of dispute, the courts of Québec are the sole competent courts.

The person referred to in section 232.1 of the Act shall submit to the Minister a certified copy of the original contract.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 119; O.C. 838-2013, s. 4.

120.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 120; O.C. 838-2013, s. 5.

121.  The guarantee given may be replaced at any time by another guarantee that complies with the requirements of this Regulation.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 121.

122.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 122; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 41.

123.  A guarantee shall be kept in force until the issue of a certificate of release provided for in section 232.10 of the Act.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 123.

DIVISION  IV
SITE FOR THE STORAGE OF MINE TAILINGS

124.  The application for approval of a site to be used as a storage area for mine tailings that must be submitted to the Minister in accordance with section 241 of the Act shall be made in writing and include the following information:

  (1)    the name, address and telephone number of the applicant and of the persons in charge of the design, installation and operation of the site to be used as a storage area for mine tailings;

  (2)    the location of other sites considered and the reasons justifying the choice of the location of the site applied for;

  (3)    the physical and chemical description of the mine tailings, the expected quantity, the means of transportation and storage and the description of the equipment which will be used;

  (4)    the name, address and telephone number of the owners of the soil and the holders of real and immovable mining rights;

  (5)    where applicable, the nature of the agreement entered into with the owners of the soil and the holders of real and immovable mining rights.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 124.

125.  The application for approval shall be accompanied by the following documents:

  (1)    a plan, established to a scale of 1:5 000, showing the areas used for the transportation and storage of tailings and specifying the surface area of the projected site for the storage of mine tailings;

  (2)    a survey plan of the site to be used as a storage area for mine tailings where the latter is situated on lands in the domain of the State; if the site is situated on a parcel of land subject to an exclusive lease to mine surface mineral substances, its perimeter may be defined by UTM (Universal Transverse Mercator) rectangular coordinates and the zone, according to the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83), and its system of geodesic coordinates in effect, in compliance with the National Topographic System (NTS) of Canada; in the latter case, the apexes of the perimeter shall be numbered on the map and a list of corresponding coordinates shall be attached to the map;

  (3)    a report containing the geological data on the land to be used as a storage area for mine tailings.

The plan referred to in subparagraph 1 of the first paragraph shall be certified, dated and signed by an engineer and the survey plan referred to in subparagraph 2 of the first paragraph shall be made by a land surveyor in accordance with Chapter VIII of this Regulation and the instructions of the Minister given under the second paragraph of section 210 of the Act.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 125; O.C. 74-2005, s. 13.

CHAPTER  X
MISCELLANEOUS

DIVISION  I
CONTENT OF CERTAIN APPLICATIONS

126.  Where one of the applications referred to in Chapters II to VI is submitted by more than 1 person, the information related to the applicant must be provided for each of the persons and the respective percentage of the rights that each of them holds or will hold on the mining right.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 126.

127.  Where the application made is one of those referred to in Chapters II to VI and where the applicant is a legal person, he shall provide the address of his office and, where applicable, the address of his principal establishment in Québec.

In addition, in the case of an application for a mining lease, an application for an exclusive lease to mine surface mineral substances or an application for renewal of either of the leases, the applicant, if a legal person, shall also provide a certified copy of the resolution or the internal by-law authorizing the person submitting the application to do it on behalf of the applicant.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 127.

DIVISION  II
OTHER FEES AND DUTIES

128.  Subject to the first paragraph of section 29, the fee for registration in the public register of real and immovable mining rights of a transfer or of another instrument referred to in paragraphs 3 and 4 of section 13 of the Act relating to a real and immovable mining right, respecting mineral substances other than petroleum, natural gas and brine shall be $16.96 per mining right, up to a maximum of $1,378.08 per instrument.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 128; O.C. 1336-2000, s. 11; O.C. 150-2006, s. 3; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 42.

129.  The duties payable for taking part in a drawing of lots under section 207 of the Act that must be paid in advance by the person who intends to take part therein shall be, in addition to the entry fee, $138.24 per application, in the case of an application for authorization referred to in section 32 or 33 of the Act, or $138.24 per mining right in other cases.

A single duty for taking part in a drawing of lots shall be granted per application for authorization or per mining right.

For the purposes of the drawing of lots, a legal person, its subsidiaries and their directors, officers, representatives and employees are deemed to constitute a single and same applicant. For the purposes of the drawing of lots, a natural person, his representatives and their employees are also deemed to constitute a single and same applicant.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 129; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 43.

130.  The fee that must be included with the application for the revocation of claims made under section 280 of the Act or under section 152 of the Act to amend the Mining Act and the Act respecting the lands in the public domain (1998, chapter 24) shall be $150.12 for each claim contested.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 130.

130.1.  The following fees are required for any research in the public register of real and immovable mining rights:

  (1)    research fee at an hourly rate of $54.50 and for a minimum of 30 minutes;

  (2)    fee payable for copies of documents at $0.25 per page;

  (3)    $20 fee for the shipping and handling of documents;

  (4)    $100 management fee where the information and documents obtained are accessible and may be downloaded free of charge from the register.

O.C. 1065-2015, s. 44.

130.2.  The fees and amounts provided for in sections 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 128, 129 and 130 of this Regulation as they were fixed on 31 December 2015 are increased by 8% on 1 January 2016 and on 1 January 2017.

The fees provided for in section 130.1 of this Regulation are increased by 8% on 1 January 2017.

The fees, leases and amounts provided for in sections 49, 50, 53, 54 and 57 of this Regulation as they were fixed on 31 December 2015 are increased by 6% on 1 January 2016 and on 1 January 2017.

O.C. 1065-2015, s. 44.

DIVISION  III  (Revoked)

O.C. 1042-2000, Div. IIIO.C. 1065-2015, s. 45.

131.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 131; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 45.

CHAPTER  XI
PENAL

132.  Every holder of a lease to mine surface mineral substances who operates a sand pit and who contravenes any of the provisions of the first paragraph of section 63 is guilty of an offence punishable according to section 314 of the Act.

Every holder of a non-exclusive lease to mine surface mineral substances who operates a sand pit on lands in the domain of the State and who contravenes any of the provisions of the second paragraph of section 63 is also guilty of an offence punishable according to section 314 of the Act.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 132; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 46.

CHAPTER  XII
TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS ENACTED UNDER SECTION 158 OF THE ACT TO AMEND THE MINING ACT AND THE ACT RESPECTING THE LANDS IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN

133.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 133; O.C. 74-2005, s. 14.

134.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 134; O.C. 74-2005, s. 14.

135.  For the purposes of the application of the second paragraph of section 16, the age of the claims obtained by replacement shall be established according to the date of replacement.

The rules provided for in the second paragraph of sections 80 and 81 of the Act apply, with the necessary modifications, where a claim obtained by map designation before 22 November 2000 was the subject of a replacement of claims applied for under section 133 of this Regulation and the reference to the date of conversion provided for in those sections becomes a reference to the date of replacement.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 135; O.C. 74-2005, s. 14.

136.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 136; O.C. 74-2005, s. 14.

137.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 137; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 47.

137.1.  Paragraph 2 of section 32 of the Act to amend the Mining Act and the Act respecting the lands in the public domain (1998, chapter 24) does not apply to claims expired before 22 November 2000.

O.C. 1336-2000, s. 12.

CHAPTER  XIII
OTHER TRANSITIONAL AND FINAL PROVISIONS

138.  Section 4 of this Regulation applies to every staking tag even to that issued before 22 November 2000, taking into account however, in the latter case, the time already elapsed; it does not operate to validate the tags whose term has expired on that date.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 138.

138.1.  The second paragraph of section 10 and section 22.1 of this Regulation apply only to applications for conversion filed after 3 March 2005, but before 4 March 2007.

O.C. 74-2005, s. 15.

138.2.  Section 15 of this Regulation must, for a 2-year period after 31 December 2015, read as follows:

  (15)    The minimum cost of work that the holder of a claim must carry out on the land that is subject thereto, pursuant to section 72 of the Act, is determined in the following tables and varies according to the area of land that is subject thereto, according to the number of terms of the claim and depending on whether the land is located in one of the following areas:

  (1)    north of the 52nd degree of latitude:

___________________________________________________________________________________

Number of terms                             Area of land subject to a claim
of the claim                      ________________________________________________
                                 Less than 25 ha    25 to 45 ha    More than 45 ha

___________________________________________________________________________________

1                                    $31.20            $78             $87.75
___________________________________________________________________________________

2                                    $104              $260            $292.50
___________________________________________________________________________________

3                                    $208              $520            $585
___________________________________________________________________________________

4                                    $312              $780            $877.50
___________________________________________________________________________________

5                                    $416              $1,040          $1,170
___________________________________________________________________________________

6                                    $487.50           $1,170          $1,170
___________________________________________________________________________________

7 and more                           $650              $1,625          $1,625
___________________________________________________________________________________

  (2)    south of the 52nd degree of latitude:

___________________________________________________________________________________

Number of terms                           Area of land subject to a claim
of the claim                      ________________________________________________
                                   Less than       25 to 100 ha        More than
                                     25 ha                               100 ha
___________________________________________________________________________________

1                                    $325             $780              $1,170
___________________________________________________________________________________

2                                    $325             $780              $1,170
___________________________________________________________________________________

3                                    $325             $780              $1,170
___________________________________________________________________________________

4                                    $487.50          $1,170            $1,755
___________________________________________________________________________________

5                                    $487.50          $1,170            $1,755
___________________________________________________________________________________

6                                    $487.50          $1,170            $1,755
___________________________________________________________________________________

7 and more                           $650             $1,625            $2,340
___________________________________________________________________________________

O.C. 1065-2015, s. 49.

139.    (Obsolete).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 139.

140.  (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 140; O.C. 1336-2000, s. 14.

141.    (Obsolete).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 141; O.C. 1336-2000, s. 13.

142.  (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 142; O.C. 1336-2000, s. 14.

143.    (Obsolete).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 143.

144.    (Obsolete).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 144.

145.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 145; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 47.

146.    (Revoked).

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 146; O.C. 838-2013, s. 6; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 47.

147.  The person referred to in any of subparagraphs 2 to 4 of the first paragraph of section 232.1 of the Act whose plan was approved by the Minister before 22 August 2013, must submit the guarantee referred to in section 232.4 of the Act in accordance with the following rules:

  (1)    the guarantee must be submitted in 3 payments;

  (2)    the first payment must be submitted not later than 1 year after 22 August  2013;

  (3)    each subsequent payment must be submitted on the anniversary date of the first payment;

  (4)    the first payment represents 50% of the total amount of the guarantee and the second and third payments, 25% each.

O.C. 1042-2000, s. 147; O.C. 838-2013, s. 6; O.C. 1065-2015, s. 48.

SCHEDULE   I

(Revoked)

O.C. 1042-2000, Sch. I; O.C. 1336-2000, s. 14.

SCHEDULE   II

(s. 93)

LAND SURVEYOR'S CERTIFICATE

I certify that I have carefully examined the land within the boundaries (enter the mining title and its number or alphanumerical code) that I surveyed and I have found nothing on it that may lead me to believe or suspect that the mining right may be the subject of a dispute, except the following:

“(note)”.

O.C. 1042-2000, Sch. II.

SCHEDULE  III

(ss. 100 and 101)

COVER-SLAB FOR SURFACE OPENINGS OF MINING WORK



O.C. 1042-2000, Sch. III.



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O.C. 1042-2000, 2000 G.O. 2, 4512
O.C. 1336-2000, 2000 G.O. 2, 5323
O.C. 74-2005, 2005 G.O. 2, 539
O.C. 150-2006, 2006 G.O. 2, 1152
S.Q. 2010, c. 7, s. 282
S.Q. 2010, c. 31, s. 91
O.C. 838-2013, 2013 G.O. 2, 2121
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