Crown‐Indigenous Relations & Northern Affairs Canada introduced Map Selection in January 2021. This new online system modernizes the way mineral claims are acquired on Crown lands in Nunavut. Licence holders can now prospect, acquire and manage their mining rights using the web‐based system.
Claim duration has been increased from 10 to 30 years to better reflect the time required to assess and develop the mineral potential of a claim from discovery to the beginning of production. Mining lease rental payments have been standardized, most administrative fees have been removed, and prospecting permits are being phased out.
With the elimination of physical staking, disturbances caused to Nunavut wildlife by air traffic and the use of fossil fuels and related emissions of greenhouse gases will be reduced.