MiningWatch Canada – Introduction to the Legal Framework for Mining in Canada
MiningWatch Canada created this report as a response to requests from community members, activists and academics in Canada and abroad for information about how Canadian mining laws function.
The document provides a non-technical overview of Canadian mining laws, selected ‘lessons learned’ and the outcomes of mining code reform projects. In order to keep the document accessible to a wide audience it has been kept brief, but provide links to sources for more detailed information.
We also provide a critical perspective that is lacking in other overviews provided for the industry and our hope is that this information will empower readers with a realistic understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of Canadian mining law and assist the efforts to improve the social and environmental standards of mining laws in Canada and internationally.