Dear Free Miner:
As part of government’s commitment
to increase mining exploration and development activity in British
Columbia, we are enhancing mineral title administration by moving towards
a map selection system. This
means that a free miner will acquire mining rights by selecting a claim on
a map when the new system is implemented, rather than staking a claim on
After initial implementation, map
selection will reduce costs for both government and industry.
A free miner will acquire a claim using an online transaction
system that updates the claim map automatically.
The holder immediately receives secure title, because claims no
longer overlap and costly staking disputes that delay exploration will be
a thing of the past.
Ministry staff will be meeting with
free miners to receive input on developing business rules to ensure that
map selection works for British Columbia.
Map selection will not be implemented until April 2004, ensuring
that the development of the electronic commerce transaction system works
efficiently for free miners. It also gives free miners two years to adjust their business
practices to capitalize on the change to map selection.
The Ministry is currently launching
the consultation phase of the Map Selection Implementation
Workshops will be scheduled for many regional centres.
I encourage you to attend the nearest workshop and provide your
input into the design of the business rules for map selection.
Your input during the consultation
phase of this project is important - it will ensure that map selection
works in British Columbia and we can continue to restore British
Columbia’s economy and foster renewed economic growth.
Minister of Energy and Mines