Natural Resources

Junior Exploration Assistance Program

The Junior Exploration Assistance Program (JEA) aims to grow the mineral inventory of the Province through the discovery of new mineral districts, occurrences, prospects and deposits. The program also aims to advance mineral discoveries through the stage of defining NI 43-101 compliant mineral resources and to enhance Newfoundland and Labrador’s competitiveness as a world class mineral exploration destination. Companies primarily engaged in mineral exploration and/or mining may be eligible, and are permitted to be in receipt of direct or indirect revenues from mineral/mining operations.

The JEA budget for the 2019-2020 calendar year is $1.3 million. This funding will provide financial support of 40-75% of approved exploration costs, to a maximum of $150,000 per project on the island of Newfoundland and $225,000 for Labrador-based projects. Please review the program guidelines for more details.

The Program guidelines have been split into two parts: the first covering the basics of the Program and requirements for submitting a Letter of Intent; the second covering the requirements / standards for the final report. There has been no significant change to the Program, the guidelines have been modified for clarity. It is the responsibility of parties interested in JEA support to be familiar with and meet the requirements of the Guidelines. The Technical and Financial Report Guidelines will be posted once finalized.

A listing of JEA grant recipients and final grant payment amounts will be posted annually. Final payment of grants will match applicants' eligible costs up to the maximum as outlined in the listing and will be dependent on the submission of a satisfactory final report and supporting documentation as outlined in the program guidelines. A listing of applicants who have submitted Letters of Intent for funding under the JEA Program will also be updated annually.

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