Property Rights Strengthened Under New Mining Act

    TORONTO, May 7 /CNW/ - Proposed changes to Ontario's Mining Act will
strengthen property rights in Ontario, says the Ontario Real Estate
Association (OREA). The Government of Ontario introduced Bill 173, the Mining
Act Amendment Act, 2009, in the Ontario Legislature last week after a lengthy
consultation process.
    "The Government of Ontario took the time to get Bill 173 right," said
OREA President Pauline Aunger. "The proposed changes to the Mining Act are
important steps towards stronger, better defined property rights in our
    Ontario's REALTORS(R) are especially encouraged that lands in Southern
Ontario, where there is a surface rights owner and the mining rights belong to
the Crown, are deemed to be withdrawn from prospecting, staking, sale and
lease if the Bill becomes law.
    "Bill 173 reflects the realities of Ontario in the 21st century,"
explained Ms. Aunger. "Home and cottage owners in Southern Ontario should be
pleased to hear that their property is no subject to prospecting and mining."
    For property owners in Northern Ontario, Bill 173 puts restrictions on
the types of property that prospectors can enter without permission from the
landowner. It also approves the use of map staking.
    "The new Mining Act encourages more consultation and dialogue between
landowners and prospectors," explained Aunger. "Traditional methods of
prospecting are often destructive to private property. Map staking removes the
need to cut down trees, knock down fences or excavate land when a prospector
stakes a claim."
    Second reading of Bill 173 began on Monday. Further debate and
consultation will take place over the coming weeks.
    "We will continue to work with the Government of Ontario to ensure that
the final version of the Act builds on these important advancements," said

    OREA represents 47,000 brokers and salespeople who are members of the 42
real estate boards throughout the province. Members of the association may use
the "REALTOR(R)" trademark, which identifies them as real estate professionals
who subscribe to a high standard of ethics and service.

For further information:

For further information: Jim Flood, Director of Government Relations,
(416) 442-3408

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