Business Process: Pre-Application to Decision

The Major Mine Permitting Office (MMPO) plays an important strategic role in engaging with industry to set clear expectations and accountability for high-quality and timely applications, while simultaneously works within government to co-ordinate the permit review process.

The business process map below provides an overview of the four phases of the co-ordinated major mine permitting review process and respective steps of the MMPO business process found within each phase.

Outcomes of MMPO

  • Support for Ministry of Energy and Mines regional staff
  • Clear direction from Project Board on prioritization, allocation of resources, accountability and issues management/resolution
  • MMPO acts as sole point of accountability all the way through the permitting process
  • As a project management centre for major mines, MMPO provides professional project management structure and outputs
  • Decisions remain with the relevant regulatory authorities and statutory decision makers
  • Strategic problem solving of First Nation issues
  • High-quality applications resulting in timely reviews—the definition and understanding of “high quality” is confirmed at the outset of the process
  • Clear communication of accountability with respect to agreed-upon timelines/schedules
  • Throughout the process, there is a complementary proponent accountability structure