The Manitoba government is introducing multi-year permitting for mineral exploration projects. This is in response to industry recommendations to eliminate red tape to help grow and develop this sector. Work permits for mineral exploration outside of parks will now be valid for three years with the option for an additional two year extension.
Also noted in the recent throne speech was the fact northern Manitoba is home to an abundance of mineral resources and the province remains committed to Crown-Indigenous consultation, collaboration and working in partnership with First Nation communities to advance mineral exploration projects and increase Indigenous participation in all phases of mineral development within their traditional territories. Resource Development Minister Ralph Eichler says this improvement will ensure that industry and northern and First Nations communities are engaging early on proposed long term projects which will assist in the planning and information sharing process.