TORONTO — A new online tool, OGS (Ontario Geological Survey) Focus, is making it easier for exploration companies and prospectors in the mining industry as well as Indigenous communities to identify areas available for mineral exploration and claim registration.
The tool was launched recently by the Ontario government as part of its plan to stimulate the sector and encourage investment to promote economic recovery.
The free, publicly accessible tool consolidates historical exploration information from various databases into a one-stop format and allows all parties to access the same data.
Users can search the tool by clicking on a data hotspot to find areas around the province where mineral exploration has occurred.
“Now more than ever, our government is committed to ensuring we support the ongoing prosperity of our province’s mineral exploration and prospecting industry,” said Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines Greg Rickford, in a statement. “The OGSFocus tool is a state-of-the-art, customer-focused product that will further solidify Ontario’s position as a leading global jurisdiction in mineral exploration and production.”