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When do exploration permits become mandatory? Submission of an exploration permit is voluntary beginning November 1, 2012. Exploration permits will be mandatory as of April 1, 2013. If you started exploration work before April 1st and it includes an activity that requires an exploration permit, you must have an exploration permit in effect as of April 1, 2013 to continue that activity.
Surface rights owners must be notified when applying for a permit. Aboriginal communities potentially affected by the exploration permit activities will be consulted and have an opportunity to provide comments and feedback before a decision is made on the permit. Permit proposals will be posted for comment on the Ontario Ministry of the Environment Environmental Registry for 30 days.
Ghana to stop handing out gold exploration permits Cecilia Jamasmie | May 22, 2014.