Natural Resources

Mineral Lands Division


The Mineral Lands Division is responsible for the administration of mineral land tenure, which includes issuance of mineral licenses, exploration approvals, and mining leases; also for administration of quarrying, including issuance of exploration permits and quarry permits and leases.


  • Issuance and administration of mineral licenses ('claims’) through the online MIRIAD system
  • Monitoring and reporting of exploration activity
  • Approval of exploration plans for mineral exploration
  • Inspection of exploration sites for regulatory compliance
  • Advice on conducting exploration in the province
  • Operation of drill core libraries and collection of core
  • Issuance of quarry exploration licenses; quarry permits and quarry leases.
  • Inspection of quarries for regulatory compliance


  • Mineral exploration and mining industries
  • Construction companies using quarry materials
  • Other provincial and federal agencies
  • The general public


Kevin Sheppard
Telephone: 1-709-729-6425
Fax: 1-709-729-6782
Anne Marie Woolridge
Administrative Assistant
Telephone: 1-709-729-2773
Fax: 1-709-729-6782

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