Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

Mine Development

Jul 11, 2014
The process of constructing a mining facility and the infrastructure to support the facility is known as mine development.

Mine development may involve many activities such as:
• The preparation of the mine site by clearing trees and blasting rock
• The construction of mining facilities such as head frames, administration buildings or mechanical shops
• The creation of infrastructure such as power lines and substations, roads or water lines


Before beginning development, certain requirements must be met. These requirements include:
• Submitting a Notice of Project Status to the Mineral Exploration and Development Section.
• Consulting with all required parties.
• Filing a closure plan with accompanying financial assurance and achieving certification.
• Acquire all required permits/approvals from ministries, agencies and government organizations.

• Regulatory Requirements Outside of MNDM provides a listing and descriptions of some of the regulatory permits and other requirements for common activities related to mineral exploration and development activities. The pdf document contains a left side navigation pane.  If your browser does not show this pane, save the pdf file to your computer and view with Adobe Acrobat Reader.
• For more information on developing a mine or determining the approvals required during construction, please contact the Mineral Exploration and Development Section or one of their local offices.