Forms: Mineral & Placer Titles

Note: Some of these forms have a specific purpose and cannot be generally used to register events on claims or leases in Mineral Titles Online (MTO). Refer to the specific instructions in the text that accompanies each form.

All cheques and money orders for recording fees are made payable to the "Minister of Finance".

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Complaints

There are two primary complaint processes Mineral Titles Branch handles, pursuant to the Mineral Tenure Act:

  1. Right of Entry on Private Land - Section 19 of the Mineral Tenure Act
  2. Complaints as to valid title - Section 40 of the Mineral Tenure Act

1.  Right of Entry on Private Land - Landowner Notification and Complaint Process

Prior to beginning a mining activity a person must give notice to the owners of the surface area where a mining activity will take place. The notice must state when the activity will occur and include the names and addresses of the free miner or recorded holder and of the on-site person responsible for the operations.  The notice must also describe the activity that will be conducted, state approximately how many people will be on site and include a map or written description of where the activity will take place.  Notices may be mailed, e-mailed, sent by facsimile transmission or hand delivered to the owner. Details for notice requirements are provided in Section 2.1 of the Mineral Tenure Act Regulation.

Should a situation arise whereby the landowner and the proponent are unable to reach an agreement, landowners may contact the Mineral Titles Branch.

The Chief Gold Commissioner, or delegated person, will work with the parties to come to a reasonable resolution. If a settlement cannot be achieved, one of the parties may apply to the Surface Rights Board for resolution.  The board may mediate and may impose a binding agreement.

2.  Complaints as to valid title  

Complaint Process

Under section 40 of the Mineral Tenure Act an interested person or an employee of the ministry may register a complaint to the Chief Gold Commissioner.

Complaints may be lodged for false work submissions, or if a tenure is being used for purposes other than a mining activity.

Section 40(1)(b) provides for complaints referring to a submission and registration of a false statement or report.  This complaint must be received by mineral titles branch within one year of the statement registration date in Mineral Titles Online.

Section 40(1)(c) provides for complaints of claims being acquired or held for non-mining purposes.  A mining activity, as defined by the Mineral Tenure Act definitions, means any activity related to the search for a mineral or placer mineral, the exploration and development of a mineral or placer mineral or the production of a mineral or placer mineral, including reclamation of a previously mined area.

Complaint Requirements

  1. Completed Complaint Form (PDF)
  2. Full and specific details of the nature of the complaint
  3. Submission of non-refundable complaint fees:
    • $200.00 per claim
    • $200.00 per statement (event number)

Complaint Submission

You can submit your complaint form and cheque, cash or money order for the complaint fee(s) in person or by mail to the Vancouver Mineral Titles office.

Cheques can be made payable to the Minister of Finance.

Free Miner Certificate (FMC)

FMC Application - Individual

This application form is only for use if you have not had a FMC any time in the past 20 years.  If you are not sure, please contact us to determine if you need to complete the application form.

  • If you are renewing your FMC, you must log on to MTO with your BCeID and renew electronically.
  • If you have had a FMC at some time in the past 20 years but have not previously registered for a BCeID under MTO, contact the Mineral Titles Branch at Mineral.Titles@gov.bc.ca for instructions.

Mineral Tenure Act, section 8

Fees:

Individual

$ 25.00

 

Individual - senior over 65

$  0.00

All clients must fully complete the appropriate application form in order to be issued their first FMC:

  1. Individual
  2. Corporate
  3. Partnership

A FMC is issued for a 12-month term that begins with the day of issuance and ends on the day immediately preceding this issuance date next year.

Section 8(2) of the MTA stipulates that an individual applicant must either be a resident of Canada for a period not less than 183 days in each calendar year or be authorized to work in Canada.  A Canadian citizen, regardless of where he or she resides, is automatically authorized to work in Canada.  Due to the annual residency requirement, a FMC will not be issued for more than one 12-month period.

The annual fee for an individual is $25 (free if the applicant is aged 65 or over at the time of application) and covers the period from the commencement date to the expiry date of the FMC. This term cannot be greater than 12 months.

FMC Application - Corporate

This application form is only for use if you have not had a FMC any time in the past 20 years.  If you are not sure, please contact us to determine if you need to complete the application form.

If you are renewing your FMC, you must log on to MTO with your BCeID and renew electronically.

If you have had a FMC at some time in the past 20 years but have not previously registered for a BCeID under MTO, contact the Mineral Titles Branch at Mineral.Titles@gov.bc.ca for instructions.

Mineral Tenure Act, section 8

Fees: Corporate $500.00

All clients must fully complete the appropriate application form in order to be issued their first FMC:

A FMC is issued for a 12-month term that begins with the day of issuance and ends on the day immediately preceding this issuance date next year.  Section 8(1) of the MTA stipulates that a corporation must be registered under the British Columbia Business Corporations Act, the Financial Institutions Act, be an insurer licensed under the Insurance Act, or be a chartered bank, in order to be issued a FMC.  This applies to both first-time applicants and all renewals.  When making application for a new or renewal FMC, corporations must apply in the name as registered in BC at the time of application.

FMC Application - Partnership

This application form is only for use if you have not had a FMC any time in the past 20 years.  If you are not sure, please contact us to determine if you need to complete the application form.

  • If you are renewing your FMC, you must log on to MTO at with your BCeID and renew electronically.
  • If you have had a FMC at some time in the past 20 years but have not previously registered for a BCeID under MTO, contact the Mineral Titles Branch at Mineral.Titles@gov.bc.ca for instructions.

Mineral Tenure Act, section 8

Fees:

Individual partnership

$  25.00

 

Corporate partnership

$ 500.00

All clients must fully complete the appropriate application form in order to be issued their first FMC:

  1. Individual
  2. Company
  3. Partnership

Partnership FMCs may be issued to partners who are registered under the Partnership Act.  The partnership may be between individuals, corporations, or a combination.  The partnership must be registered.

Individual and corporate requirements for a FMC apply respectively to each individual or corporation in a partnership.

Mediation and Arbitration Application

Mineral Tenure Act, section 19

The Board assists in resolving disputes between landowners and companies that require access to private land to explore for, develop, or produce Crown-owned subsurface resources such as oil, gas, coal, minerals and geothermal.

Section 19 of the Mineral Tenure Act provides the means to settle a dispute between the recorded holder of a mineral or placer title and the owner or other person having a material interest in the surface of the land on which the mineral or placer title is located.

If the two parties are unable to resolve the dispute on their own, application may be made by either to the Chief Gold Commissioner.  If the Chief Gold Commissioner is unsuccessful in assisting the parties to reach agreement, application may then be made to the Surface Rights Board, enclosing a copy of the report of the Chief Gold Commissioner.

The Surface Rights Board has the authority under Section 19 (4) of the Act to settle disputes arising from the right of entry, use or occupation, security, rent and compensation with respect to free miners or recorded holders entering and disturbing private land.  Priority may be given to the right first acquired.  The Board's Order is legally binding on all parties.  The Order may be appealed in the Supreme Court.

Physical Work Report Form

Instructions

This form may be used as your physical work report, or as a template for your report.  The Physical Work Report must be submitted within 30 days of the date the exploration and development work was registered in Mineral Titles Online.  This report may be submitted by either:

This form can be used as the physical work report required in Section 15 of the Mineral Tenure Act Regulation:

The Regulation defines "physical exploration and development" as:

(a) if the work is related to a mineral claim, any of the following:

(i) trenching, open cuts, adits, pits, shafts and other underground activity for the purposes of collecting samples or other geological or technical information;

(ii) reclamation related to exploration and development activities;

(iii) ground control surveys, line cutting and grids that support an activity described in paragraphs (b) to (h) of the definition of technical exploration and development;

(iv) precision survey techniques such as global positioning or surveys conducted by a practising land surveyor;

(v) global positioning surveys in accordance with section 20;

(b) if the work is related to a placer claim, any of the following:

(i) activities referred to in paragraph (a);

(ii) panning, digging or washing of gravels to test for the presence of economically significant minerals

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