Mineral Titles News, Notices and Announcements

Last updated on February 22, 2024

Latest news and announcements from the Mineral Titles office.

Archived News, Notices and Announcements

February 21, 2024 – Next Cell Release Scheduled for March 6, 2024 at 1 PM PST

The next cell release has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 1:00 pm PST.

Below are links to the mineral and placer lists of cells key ID’s that will be released.  The cells contained on these lists may be from titles where:

  • A title forfeited due to the expiry of a time extension before the title was brought into good standing;
  • A title forfeited because an exploration and development work event was reduced or cancelled (section 33 orders) and the resulting amount of maintenance was insufficient to keep the title in good standing; or
  • A cell being made available due to a previous incorrect status.

Please note that these lists of cell key ID’s are subject to change.

Mineral Cell Key ID’s

Placer Cell Key ID’s

February 21, 2024 - Mineral Titles Online Scheduled Maintenance

Mineral Titles Online will be down on February 29th, 2023, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm for maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

January 30, 2024 - Mineral Titles Branch Office Closure

Please note the Mineral Titles Branch will be closed during the week of February 5-10, 2024, for staff training and development. During this time email and voicemail will not be monitored. Inquiries will be responded to when the branch reopens on February 12, 2024. Mail will not be collected during this time. Please submit any requests that are time sensitive (eg. may result in claim forfeiture) on or before 12 noon on February 2nd and include ‘TIME SENSITIVE’ in the subject line.

November 30, 2023 - Regional mines public engagement portal

The ministry is introducing the Regional Mines Public Engagement Portal, which will provide a platform for sharing information and receiving feedback regarding Mines Act applications for regional mines and exploration activities.

The portal allows users to view Regional mine permit applications and determine which ones are open for public comment. The statutory decision maker retains the authority to determine which applications will be open for public comment, depending on the nature and complexity of the application. 

The portal will improve public access to application information and will provide system links to other ministry databases. The platform includes an interactive map with user-friendly features, and it will support the submission of email comments directly to the appropriate regional mines office.

The portal was published on November 27, 2023 at the following location: www.gov.bc.ca/minesengagement

Any questions about the mines public engagement can be sent to any regional office.

September 22, 2023 - Yale Panning Reserve Closed Until Further Notice

In consultation with the Fraser Health Authority, signs have been installed at the Yale Recreational Panning Reserve stating that the subject area is closed until further notice.  The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy has received a report from a member of the public who suspects they may have found mercury while hand panning at the site.  Fraser Health in collaboration with other relevant agencies continue to review this matter.

Mercury is a heavy metal that may be present in the environment. Though levels of heavy metals in the environment are generally low in British Columbia, even small exposures can result in negative health effects. For more information about the hazards of mercury exposure please see the BC Centre for Disease Control site:

http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/prevention-public-health/lead-mercury

May 24, 2023 - Mineral Titles Branch, Vancouver Office

The Vancouver office of the Mineral Titles Branch will be closing to walk-in traffic on Fridays. Closures start on May 26, 2023 and will continue until further notice.

We will continue to provide phone and email support Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 am - 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm.

Contact us at:

email: mineral.titles@gov.bc.ca

Voice-mail: 1-866-616-4999

We encourage you to take advantage of self-serve resources in the MTO Help documents.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

August 9, 2023 - website update: Recreational hand panning page

An updated Recreational hand panning page has been posted. The updated page combines information from Information Update No. 2 - Recreational Hand Panning for Placer Minerals (PDF, 46.3KB) and offers an interactive map of the panning reserves. 

June 20, 2023 - Temporary Moratorium on New Claim Registration in the Southern Incomappleux Area 

On June 19, 2023, the Province approved a temporary moratorium on the registration of new mineral claims in the Southern Incomappleux area through an Environment and Land Use Act order for a period of two years, with the possibility of extension.

The two-year moratorium on the registration of new mineral claims will provide an opportunity for further engagement regarding the future stewardship of the area.

This moratorium does not impact current mineral tenure holders in the area from carrying out work or continuing to develop their tenures.

For further information regarding the Incomappleux Valley, please see the January 2023 press release.

If there are any questions, please reach out to Kathie Wagar, Regional Director (kathie.wagar@gov.bc.ca

June 20, 2023 - Only one login session per client number in effect as of June 22, 2023

As of Jun 22nd, 2023, MTO will only support one login per client number. Attempting to login to additional sessions using the same client number will result in the original session being logged out. This is to increase the fairness of claim acquisition within the province of BC.