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Canada

The Atlas of Canada – Minerals and Mining Interactive Map
This map depicts the location of Canada's principal producing mines for the given reference year. It includes locations for significant metallic, nonmetallic and industrial mineral mines, coal mines, oil sands mines, and oil and gas fields across the country. Also depicted are the locations of significant metallurgical facilities across Canada. The data in this map are based on Natural Resources Canada's annual Map 900A – Principal Mineral Areas of Canada. Pertinent information for each mine is provided, including operation name, owner/operator, commodities extracted, and on-site facilities. View the Minerals and Mining Interactive Map at http://atlas.gc.ca/mins/en/index.html and zoom into more detailed views.

National Orphaned/Abandoned Mines Initiative
http://www.abandoned-mines.org/en/

Federal Contaminated Sites Inventory (FCSI)
The Federal Contaminated Sites Inventory is a publicly accessible online database and map tool managed by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS). The FCSI provides information on all suspected, active and closed federal contaminated sites across the country, including abandoned or orphaned mine sites. The inventory contains information about each site, including the classification and priority for action, the location of the site, the contaminant types and affected media, the estimated volume of contamination (if known), as well as progress and expenditures made to date in relation to identifying and addressing contamination on site. The inventory is updated annually to reflect current conditions.
http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/fcsi-rscf/home-accueil-eng.aspx


Alberta

Alberta Coal Mine Atlas
The Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) maintains a Coal Mine Atlas which contains the operating and abandoned coal mines in Alberta. The Atlas provides access to a listing of all coal mines by operator, location, mine number, type of mine and mining method. Each entry in these listings is linked to the appropriate PDF map.
http://www.ercb.ca/data-and-publications/statistical-reports/st45


British Columbia

Historic Mine Sites Database (HMSDB)
The Historic Mine Sites Database (HMSDB) contains approximately 1887 sites at which some production occurred and no current mine permit is present. The database was built using Microsoft Access as the platform and was designed to incorporate geological, geochemical, geotechnical and administrative information for each site.
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MINFILE Data
The MINFILE database contains information on over 14,600 mineral occurrences throughout British Columbia.
http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/MINFILE/Pages/default.aspx

Crown Contaminated Sites Program (CCSP)
Crown lands comprise 94 percent of the total land mass in British Columbia. Through its Crown Lands Contaminated Sites Program (CCSP), the government of British Columbia has been working to clean up contaminated sites since 2003. To download a copy of the 2016 Crown Contaminated Sites Biennial Report, visit:
http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/environment/air-land-water/site-remediation/docs/reports-and-presentations/biennial_report.pdf


Manitoba

Mineral Occurrence Database
Manitoba hosts an online searchable database of mineral occurrences which provides an excellent historic documentation of the known mineral deposits and production records.
http://www.manitoba.ca/iem/geo/gis/index.html


New Brunswick

Mineral Occurrence Database
The New Brunswick Mineral Occurrence Database contains information about mineral occurrences in an on-line searchable database.
http://dnre-mrne.gnb.ca/MineralOccurrence/


Newfoundland and Labrador

Mineral Occurrence Data System (MODS)
The Mineral Occurrence Data System (MODS) contains information on approximately 6000 mineral occurrences in the province.
http://www.gov.nf.ca/mines&en/geosurvey/mods


Northwest Territories

Federal Contaminated Sites Inventory (FCSI)
The Northwest Territories utilizes the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s (TBS) Federal Contaminated Sites Inventory, a publicly accessible online database and map tool, for federal contaminated sites including abandoned or orphaned mine sites. The FCSI provides information on suspected, active, and closed federal contaminated sites across the country. The inventory contains information about each site, including the classification and priority for action, the location of the site, the contaminant types and affected media, the estimated volume of contamination (if known), as well as progress and expenditures made to date in identifying and addressing contamination on site. The inventory is updated annually to reflect current conditions.
http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/fcsi-rscf/home-accueil-eng.aspx

Mineral Occurrence Database (NORMIN)
Northwest Territories Geological Survey maintains a mineral occurrence database, NORMIN, which provides online access to the mineral deposits of the NWT. This database may also be downloaded for use offline. The INAC contaminated sites inventory contains only the major identified contaminated sites whereas the NORMIN database contains a listing of sites with the potential to have mine openings or workings that could present a public safety or environmental hazard.
http://www.nwtgeoscience.ca/normin/


Nova Scotia

Abandoned Mine Openings Database
The Nova Scotia Abandoned Mine Openings Database contains an inventory of some 7,500 mine openings located on public and private land in Nova Scotia.
http://novascotia.ca/natr/meb/geoscience-online/about-database-amo.asp

Mineral Occurrence Database
Nova Scotia Mineral Occurrence Database contains an inventory of some 3,000 mineral occurrences in the province.
http://novascotia.ca/natr/meb/geoscience-online/about-database-modb.asp


Nunavut

Federal Contaminated Sites Inventory (FCSI)
Nunavut utilizes the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s (TBS) Federal Contaminated Sites Inventory, a publicly accessible online database and map tool, for federal contaminated sites including abandoned or orphaned mine sites. The FCSI provides information on suspected, active, and closed federal contaminated sites across the country. The inventory contains information about each site, including the classification and priority for action, the location of the site, the contaminant types and affected media, the estimated volume of contamination (if known), as well as progress and expenditures made to date in identifying and addressing contamination on site. The inventory is updated annually to reflect current conditions..
http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/fcsi-rscf/home-accueil-eng.aspx

Mineral Occurrence Database (NUMIN)
Nunavut Geoscience maintains a mineral occurrence database, NUMIN, which provides online access to the mineral deposits of NUNAVUT. This database may also be downloaded for use offline. INAC’s contaminated sites inventory contains only the major sites that have been identified, the NUMIN database contains a listing of sites with the potential to have mine openings or workings that could present a public safety or environmental hazard.
http://nunavutgeoscience.ca/


Ontario

Abandoned Mines Information System (AMIS)
The Abandoned Mines Information System (AMIS) contains approximately 5,756 known abandoned and inactive mine sites within Ontario, including approximately 17,373 mine hazards and individual features such as shafts and trenches. Of these, there are approximately 4,412 known abandoned mine sites under Mining Act jurisdiction located within Ontario, containing 15,273 documented mine features. Of these, approximately 2,755 sites could potentially be hazardous to public health and safety and to the environment.
http://wwww.geologyontario.mndmf.gov.on.ca

Mineral Deposit Inventory Version 2
The Mineral Deposit Inventory Version 2 contains some 19,000 deposit descriptions and may be downloaded in a MS Access format. An online search of the database using deposit status values such as producer and past producer may include abandoned mines in the AMIS database along with those potential problem mines which still have an owner.
http://www.geologyontario.mndmf.gov.on.ca


Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Mineral Deposit Index (SMDI)
This is a searchable online database containing all the known mineral showings in northern Saskatchewan. This database may be purchased in its entirety or searched online.
http://www.er.gov.sk.ca/SMDI


Yukon

Assessment and Abandoned Mines
The Assessment and Abandoned Mines Branch leads efforts to address environmental issues at Yukon's abandoned mines.
http://www.emr.gov.yk.ca/aam/

Yukon MINFILE
The database is maintained by the Yukon Geological Survey and contains separate mineral occurrences.
http://www.geology.gov.yk.ca/mineralservices.html


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