MERN- Exploration rights

New Legislative and Regulatory Provisions

Exploration Rights

Extraction Rights

Exploration and Land Reserved to the State

Mining activity and other land uses

Directives and Notices

Conversion, Replacement and Amalgamation

Mining title management system (Gestim)

Mining Taxation



Mining Duties Return

Mining-incompatible territories (not in force)


The regional county municipalities (RCMs), in their land use and development plans, may delimit mining-incompatible territories in accordance with the Act respecting land use planning and development and with Government orientations on land development.


A mining-incompatible territory is a territory in which the viability of activities would be compromised by the impacts of mining.

Boundaries of mining-incompatible territories

The boundaries of mining-incompatible territories are shown on the map of mining titles published in GESTIM.

Impacts of delimiting mining-incompatible territories

Prospecting, exploration and mining of mineral substances in the domain of the State, situated in areas that may be subject to claims within mining-incompatible areas, are prohibited from the time the areas are shown on the map of mining titles:

  • Prospecting, staking and map designation of claims, mine exploration work and mining operations are all prohibited.
  • Leases to mine surface mineral substances (e.g. sand and gravel) are also prohibited.
  • There is no impact on mining titles already granted or for which applications are pending, except on claims.
  • To renew a claim located in whole or in part in a mining-incompatible territory, the holder is required to carry out work on the land during any period of validity subsequent to delimitation of the territory.