The Mines Branch recognizes that prospecting provides a key basis for future mineral development and thus delivers programs to encourages the growth of the prospecting sector. The Branch provides advice, technical assistance, mentoring and training to prospectors from all parts of Newfoundland and Labrador, and administers financial assistance programs to aid them with their prospecting activities.
The “genuine prospector” status is an optional designation that confers certain benefits to individuals. “Genuine prospectors” may stake up to 30 claims in no more than 5 licenses in a calendar year without posting a security deposit. In order to qualify for this designation, individuals should have completed the Department’s prospector’s training course or be able to demonstrate significant previous experience in the exploration field.
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