Natural Resources

Legislation

Further information pertaining to the legislation listed here, as well as to related regulations, can be found by visiting the House of Assembly website.

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Mines

  • Mineral Act
    Defines the rights of explorers and developers of mineral properties; the methodology to be used in obtaining such rights and the areas where government may regulate activity.

  • Mineral Holdings Impost Act
    Designed, by imposition of a tax, to encourage holders of mineral properties that do not come under the terms of the Mineral Act to either explore their lands or to surrender them so that they become subject to the Mineral Act.

  • Mining Act
    Regulates the development, operation and closure of mines in the province; outlines requirements for development, operational and rehabilitation and closure plans as well as milling licenses and financial assurance. This Act does not deal with Occupational Health and Safety matters.

    Budget 2015 announced application fees for Mining Act approvals and mill licences, effective June 23, 2015. Fees are as follows:

    • Development plan for a metal mine: new plan - $4,000; amendment to an existing plan - $2,000.
    • Rehabilitation and closure plan for a metal mine: new plan - $4,000; amendment to an existing plan - $2,000.
    • Development plan for non-metal mine: new plan - $2,000; amendment to an existing plan - $1,000.
    • Rehabilitation and closure plan for a non-metal mine: new plan - $2,000; amendment to an existing plan - $1,000.
    • Mill licence: $1,000; amendment to existing mill licence - $750.
  • Quarry Materials Act, 1998
    Defines the rights of explorers and developers of quarry materials; the methods by which such rights may be required, royalties payable; and areas where government may regulate activity.

  • Undeveloped Minerals Areas Act
    Enables government to arrange for the exploration of private mineral properties (generally ones which are not covered by the Mineral Act) that in its opinion have not been adequately explored. Properties affected by the Act have been identified by various orders.

  • Newfoundland and Labrador Power Commission (Water Power) Act
    Extinguishes certain water power rights held at the time by BRINCO and provides for their assignment to Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Power Commission) to facilitate financing of the Bay d’Espoir hydro-electric project.

  • Miscellaneous Financial Provisions Act, 1975
    Removes any restrictions elsewhere in provincial legislation on government assigning to Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro Electric Corporation a right, title or interest in royalties and rentals in clauses 1 and 8 of Part II of the lease between government and CF(L) Co.

  • Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement Act
    Defines the respective rights and powers of the Inuit of Labrador in relation to their aboriginal rights based on their traditional and current use and occupancy of the lands, water and sea ice of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Area in accordance with their own customs and traditions. Also defines the amendments to other Statutes that are affected by this Act.

  • Revenue Administration Act
    Part VII of the Act defines the percentage of taxes to be paid to the Crown in respect to mining operations, and the terms under which these taxes are calculated.

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