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March 26, 2015
Volume 17 - Issue 2

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Inside AME BC
  • AME BC Welcomes Federal Government's Incentives for Mineral Exploration
  • AME BC Top Policy Issues and Recommendations 2015 (Draft) is now available  
  • Information Notice: Mineral Claim Conversions and the Application of Portable Assessment Credits
Mineral Exploration News
  • 10th Annual Exploration & Mining Community Blood Drive during the month of April!
  • Basic Prospecting Course offered in Nelson April 20-26, 2015
  • The Canadian Mining Certification Program surpasses 1,000 workers certified! Join the celebration on Facebook
  • CMCP Facebook Photo Contest Deadline Extended

Courses & Education
Upcoming Events and Conferences


Inside AME BC

AME BC Welcomes Federal Government's Incentives for Mineral Exploration
Mineral Explorers to Benefit from Tax Credit Extension and Recognition of Consultation as Exploration Expense

The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) welcomes the federal government’s commitment to extend the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit through March 2016 and to extend the eligibility of Canadian exploration expenses (CEE) to include environmental studies and community consultation expenses incurred after February 2015. Minister of Finance Joe Oliver announced these incentives at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention on March 1.

 

To read the full release click here


AME BC Top Policy Issues and Recommendations (Draft)

This paper, produced annually by AME BC, is intended to provide a high-level review of the top policy issues facing British Columbia’s mineral exploration and development sector in 2015. It also offers specific recommendations that government and industry can work on together in order to address the identified issues and to implement policy measures that will position the sector for success in 2015 and beyond.

To read the paper click here



Information notice: Mineral claim conversions and the application of Portable Assessment Credits

Background
The Mineral Titles Online Registry (MTO) was brought into force in January 2005 and included a provision to allow legacy claims (ground staked) to be converted to cell claims (grid based). The Regulation allows exploration work done on a legacy claim to be carried forward on the new cell claim, with the ownership and expiry date of the legacy claim remaining the same.

The Mineral Tenure Act Regulation authorizes mineral exploration and development work credit from a claim owner’s Portable Assessment Credit account (PAC) to be applied to mineral claims to augment work to advance the expiry date of the claims. The provision also allows for a one-time 100% PAC withdrawal to advance a claim up to 5 years where a minimum of 10 years of exploration and development work has been registered on that claim (10-year work rule). This provision has been in the Regulations since 1977.

The Government position is that where a cell claim was created via the conversion process, a
new claim was created. The previous work recorded on the legacy claim was carried forward on the cell claim only for the anniversary date, but not toward the 10-year rule.  This may result in a new claim not being eligible to use the 100% PAC provision because the minimum 10-year rule has not been met since the claim conversion.

For more information see links to Mineral Titles Information Updates 13 and 20:

Current Issue
The Regulation states that a maximum of 10 years work can be recorded on a claim at any time. As 2015 progresses many claim holders are now looking at their converted cell claims and assuming that they will be able to apply the one-time 100% PAC credit to advance these cell claims up to five years. 

If you intend to use the 10 year work rule to revise your expiry date, you need confirm eligibility Mineral Titles. Only work conducted on a converted claim during and after 2005 is being calculated for the 10-year rule. 

If you are impacted and unable to use the 100% PAC credit please inform Rick Conte at
rconte@amebc.ca



Mineral Exploration News 

10th Annual Exploration and Mining Community Blood Drive
Please donate during the month of April

Who?
Members can earn donations for their organizations by donating blood themselves, and/or by recruiting friends and family to donate on their behalf. All donations made at any blood donor clinic in BC during April 1 to April 30 are eligible to be included.

What?
A blood drive challenge for the whole mineral exploration and mining industry to give back to the community.

When?
April 1 to April 30, 2015

Where?
Donations can be made at any blood donor clinic in BC. To find a clinic near you please visit our website at blood.ca. Just remember to sign in at the front desk of the clinic as an Exploration and Mining Drive participant.

Your company can also book a time slot or day to donate (this is what we reccommend) at any of the BC locations. Please contact Stephanie Herger at stephanie.herger@blood.ca to book a time slot.

For more information click here




 Basic Prospecting Course Offered in Nelson April 20-26,  2015

Every Year the Chamber of Mines of Eastern BC offers a Basic Prospecting Course. Subjects covered are:
  • Mineral Identification
  • Rock Identification
  • Ore Deposits
  • Gemstones
  • Industrial Minerals & Mineral Economics
  • Geochemical & Geophysical Surveys
  • Placer Mining
  • Prospecting Procedures & Mineral Titles
  • Structural Geology
  • Local Geology Field Trip
Location: Chamber Office/Museum – 215 Hall St., Nelson

Schedule: 

  • Monday through Friday Evenings – 7:00PM to 10:00 PM
  • Saturday Lecture and Review – 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Field Trip – 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Cost: $250.00 includes a textbook, a mineral ID kit and other supplies

To register, contact and submit the fee to JANE SWAN at the Chamber office,
215 Hall Street, Nelson, BC or call (250)-352-5242 or email chamberofmines@netidea.com



CMCP Facebook Photo Contest Deadline Extended
Show your Pride in Being #CMCPCertified for a Chance to Win a $1000 Travel Card from iTravel2000.com 

The Canadian Mining Certification Program thanks everyone who has joined its community and entered the $1000 to Celebrate our First 1000 photo contest on the newly-launched Canadian Mining Workers Facebook page! At close to 500 likes, we are thrilled to meet some of our certified workers and to see a network taking shape.

To better accommodate the shift schedules of all CMCP-certified workers, we are extending the photo competition to April 30th. With this extension, we hope to give everyone the chance to win the grand prize of a $1000 travel gift card from iTravel2000.com, regardless of what shift rotation you are on.  

So, what are you waiting for? Enter today and turn your CMCP pride into a getaway!

Entering the competition is easy!

Before April 30th,  visit the Canadian Mining Workers Facebook page, like the page, and upload a photo of yourself with any one of your certification items— this can include your certificate, your hard hat sticker, lapel pin, wallet card, or your skills passport.

For your photo to count as an entry in the competition, don’t forget to include the hashtag #CMCPcertified in your Facebook post.

Winners will be chosen at random after the competition closes and will be announced on our website (www.miningcertification.ca) and the Facebook page in May 2015. Prizes for first, second, and third place are:

  1. First place: One prize of $1,000 travel gift card;
  2. Second place: One prize of $250 Canadian Tire gift card and,
  3. Third place: 150 prizes of CMCP baseball caps.

The Canadian Mining Workers Facebook page is not only a space for you to celebrate with your peers and demonstrate your dedication to the Canadian mining industry, it is also a place where you can find the latest information and updates on the CMCP, including access to existing National Occupational Standards (NOS) and details on new NOS to be available in 2016.

We are looking forward to connecting with each of you on Facebook- and best of luck to all those who have entered the competition - please encourage your fellow CMCP-certified colleagues to do the same!

For more information on the contest, email Lindsay Forcellini. 

Courses & Education

Basic Prospecting Course offered in Nelson April 20-26, 2015

Every Year the Chamber of Mines of Eastern BC offers a Basic Prospecting Course.

Subjects covered are:
  • Mineral Identification
  • Rock Identification
  • Ore Deposits
  • Gemstones
  • Industrial Minerals & Mineral Economics
  • Geochemical & Geophysical Surveys
  • Placer Mining
  • Prospecting Procedures & Mineral Titles
  • Structural Geology
  • Local Geology Field Trip

Location:
 Chamber Office/Museum – 215 Hall St., Nelson

Schedule: 

  • Monday through Friday Evenings – 7:00PM to 10:00 PM
  • Saturday Lecture and Review – 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Field Trip – 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Cost:
 $250.00 includes a textbook, a mineral ID kit and other supplies

To register, contact and submit the fee to JANE SWAN at the Chamber office,
215 Hall Street, Nelson, BC or call (250)-352-5242 or email chamberofmines@netidea.com

 


Upcoming Events & Conferences

AME BC helps to facilitate and promote external events that benefit our members. Use this calendar to see what events are on the horizon and get detailed information.

AME BC Events Calendar