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June 11, 2020 – Guidance for Mining and Exploration Camps

By order of the PHO, operators in the natural resource sector that provide accommodation at their industrial camps must develop a COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Protocol.

June 10, 2020 – BCGW Mapping Layers - Display

UPDATE: [June 12, 2020] All BCGW layers except the layers in the "Base Maps" folder at the bottom of the layers list will display.  These layers include stream and transportation networks at various scales, to name a few. The layers are largely used when users change the base map background image to white using the base map chooser tool.  An update to the source is being worked on. We apologize for the inconvenience.

May 28, 2020 – Title Overlap Reports

Please be advised that automated or requested Title Overlap Reports (TOR) are not currently being generated. Once we resolve the issue we will re-run all TORs that did not get generated. We apologize for the inconvenience.

April 29, 2020 – Technical Work Report Submissions - Procedure update

Mineral Titles Branch and the BC Geological Survey have worked together to make Technical work report submissions more efficient for clients.  All Technical Exploration and Development reports, in addition to any digital data files (spreadsheets, databases, maps, grids etc.), are to be submitted to the Assessment Report and Digital Data submission portal

Physical Work reports are still submitted to Mineral Titles Branch.

For details on Technical & Physical Report Submissions a guide is available. 


March 27, 2020 – Time Extension Order on Claims, Licences and Leases

As the Ministry continues to respond and adapt to the directions and orders issued in response to COVID-19, the Chief Gold Commissioner has issued a blanket Time Extension Order for all claims and leases, as well as all coal licenses and leases. This Order gives more time for recorded holders to register work, make cash in lieu of work payments and make rental payments.

For more information, an Information Sheet is available. If you have any further questions, please visit the Mineral Titles Online Registry system or email Mineral.Titles@gov.bc.ca.


  • The time to make cash in lieu or register work on claims that have expiry dates before December 31, 2021 is extended to December 31, 2021. Claims with expiry dates past this date are not subject to this Order

Mining and Placer Leases

  • The time to register the annual rental payment, which is normally on the anniversary date, is extended to December 31, 2021

Coal Leases and Licenses

  • The time to register the annual rental payment, which is normally on the anniversary date, is extended to December 31, 2021

Visit the Mineral Titles Online Registry system or email Mineral.Titles@gov.bc.ca for more information.

March 25, 2020 – Applying for or Renewing a Free Miner Certificate

As a result of the evolving COVID-19 situation, the Mineral Titles Branch is modifying some processes and procedures to continue to provide service options while prioritizing safety of the public and our employees.  Please continue to monitor this site for future updates.

Please note, all FrontCounter BC (FCBC) offices are now closed to walk-in (face to face ) service. Service BC (SBC) offices have reduced walk-in services available. Both FCBC and SBC continue to provide services online, by telephone and by email. Please visit FrontCounter BC or Service BC for contact information and more details about service availability.

For new free miner certificates and renewals, please see our updated process and instructions on our forms web page for free miner certificates.

March 20, 2020 - EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, Vancouver Mineral Titles Office Closed

In order to limit the ongoing spread of the COVID-19 virus and to protect the health and well-being of our employees, recorded holders, and the public, the Mineral Titles Branch office will be temporarily closed to all in-person service.

Despite the office closure, we are still able to provide service by:

           Email: Mineral.Titles@gov.bc.ca
           Voice-Mail: 1-866-616-4999 (must leave a message)                                    

March 5, 2020 - Updated Physical Exploration and Development Work Report Form and Information Update No. 8

The Physical Work Exploration and Development Work Report Form has been updated and revised. 

The purpose of this form is to record physical exploration and development work that is registered on a claim pursuant to Section 29 of the Mineral Tenure Act.  The intent of this updated form is to ensure that the recording of physical exploration and development is consistent with the definition of physical exploration and development in the Mineral Tenure Act Regulation as well as the reporting requirements in Section 15 of this Regulation.

Information Update Number 8 is entitled “Guide to the Submission of Physical Exploration and Development Work for Assessment Credit on Claims”.  This guide explains in detail the requirements for completing a registration of physical exploration and development work on a claim, in accordance with Section 15 of the Mineral Tenure Act Regulation.

If you have questions about this updated form or have questions regarding the registration and reporting of physical exploration and development, please contact Andrew Upper at Andrew.Upper@gov.bc.ca.  For all other enquiries, please contact Mineral Titles at mineral.titles@gov.bc.ca or call toll free at 1-866-616-4999 (you must leave a message).


March 21, 2019 - Update: Exploration and Development Work Notices

Mineral Titles Branch posts notices for non-compliance of Section 33 - Reports on exploration and development work - for the cancellation of all or a portion of a SOW registered under Section 29 or 33.1 of the Mineral Tenure Act.


January 7, 2019 - Mineral Titles Forms Video Tutorials Update

The Mineral Titles branch website has updated The MTO Help Guides. Specifically, 2 of our Common Web Mapping (CWM) videos have been updated (Basic Tools using CWM, How to acquire a claim using CWM) and a new video on How to use markup with CWM was created.