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MINING

Mining is a complex, global business. While the demand for raw materials continues unabated, commodity prices are continually fluctuating, and capital investments in mining projects are relentlessly scrutinized. Projects are often undertaken as joint ventures between multiple parties in increasingly remote areas where there are unfamiliar regulatory regimes. In such an environment, the risks are high, and disputes frequently arise, necessitating the expertise and counsel of a reputed mining law firm.

McMillan’s Mining Industry Group has been advising Canadian and international clients since the late 1920s. We play a crucial role in putting Canadian companies at global centre stage in mining activity and financing. Our clients include junior exploration companies, intermediate and senior producers, financial institutions, professional geoscientist organizations and investment dealers involved in exploration and mine financing in Canada and around the world.

We also work with engineers, First Nations, foreign governments, regulators, stock exchanges, domestic governments and professional advisors, bringing a complete perspective to every client matter. Our expertise in environmental and natural resources law and aboriginal law have earned us experience in negotiating earn-in, joint venture operating, strategic alliance, royalty and metal streaming agreements. We’re involved in exploration, development, project finance and production transactions, and advise mining clients concerning employment, environmental and corporate social responsibility, mine closure and reclamation issues.

Our mining lawyers with deep domain expertise in energy, environmental and natural resources law frequently collaborate with our banking, corporate, securities, litigation and tax practices, enabling us to offer comprehensive business strategies that effectively deal with the industry’s rapid pace of change.

We’re also the only Canadian business law firm with a partnering government relations agency, McMillan Vantage Policy Group, consisting of several highly accomplished advisors and senior counsel from the Canadian public service who have relationships in numerous countries around the world.

Through this collaboration, we offer our clients comprehensive business strategies that effectively deal with the industry’s rapid pace of change.

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Paul Collins
Partner, Capital Markets & Securities
Georges Dubé
Partner, Capital Markets & Securities
Cory Kent
Office Management Partner, Vancouver
Partner | Capital Markets & Securities

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INSIGHTS (54 Posts)

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Ontario’s New Excess Soil Regulations – Construction Contract Implications

Ontario’s new On-Site and Excess Soil Management Regulation, O. Reg 406/19 may impact existing and future construction contracts

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May 5, 2021
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Significant Changes to Canada’s Federal Environmental Protection Regime Proposed

The government of Canada is proposing significant changes to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 through the introduction of Bill C-28.

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Apr 28, 2021
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Global Remote Working – What Employers Need to Know

This article provides an overview of the legal issues employers need to consider when implementing remote working in Canada.

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Mar 29, 2021
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Supreme Court of Canada Upholds Federal Carbon Pricing Regime

In a decision released March 25, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act is constitutional.

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Mar 29, 2021
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Canadian Government Expands National Security Guidance

On March 24, 2021, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry announced that the government updated its National Security Guidelines.

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Mar 25, 2021
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LIBOR Newsflash: FCA Announces Dates for Official Cessation and Loss of Representativeness of LIBOR

FCA announces dates for the official cessation and loss of representativeness of LIBOR. Implications for Lenders.

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Mar 10, 2021
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LIBOR Newsflash: Announcement on Official Cessation of LIBOR is Expected Soon

IBA and FCA expected to make announcement about the official cessation of LIBOR. Timelines for ceasing new issuances of LIBOR loans.

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Feb 18, 2021
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Mandatory Vaccination Policies for Employees: Enforceable or a Shot in the Dark?

There are vaccines, and there will be (at some point) enough for everyone in Canada to receive it. But what happens if your employees refuse to be vaccinated?

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Dec 23, 2020
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Canada Freezes Shandong out of the Arctic

Canada blocked Shandong Gold's acquisition of TMAC Resources following a national security review under the Investment Canada Act.

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Dec 22, 2020
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Raising Capital in Mining? Practical Considerations for Private Placements

Practical considerations for private placements when raising capital in mining

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Nov 2, 2020
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Canada’s New Cybersecurity Certification Goes Live

The federal government has launched a voluntary CyberSecure program to help small and medium-sized organizations protect against cybersecurity threats

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Oct 13, 2020
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Ontario Employers be Aware: New Mandatory Screening Requirements for Ontario Workplaces

Employers should take immediate steps to implement the new mandatory COVID-19 screening requirements for Ontario workplaces.

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Sep 30, 2020
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British Columbia Modernizes Its Arbitration Act

The New Arbitration Act came into force on September 1, 2020 and this article explains its significant changes to the former Act, closing gaps and deficiencies.

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Sep 29, 2020
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Federal Government Accepts Ontario’s Emissions Performance Standards (EPS) Program for Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Transition Dates to Come

Ontario Minister of Environment, Parks and Conservation announced that its Emissions Performance Standards (EPS) program has been accepted by federal government

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Sep 21, 2020
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Cross-Country Check-In: COVID-19 and the Environment

Canada's governmental and regulatory bodies have taken steps to temporarily alter legal requirements in light of COVID-19 to lessen the burden on businesses.

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Sep 10, 2020
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Ontario Amends Employment Standards Legislation in Response to COVID-19

Ontario passes new protected leave of absence for employees impacted by COVID-19, and suggests COVID-19
cases should be reported as occupational illnesses.

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Aug 5, 2020
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Bill 31 – Environmental Protection Statutes Amendment Act Passed and In Force – Cutting Red Tape and Returning Discretion to Alberta Environment and Parks

Overview of Alberta's Bill 31- Passed on July 23, 2020: amending statutory definitions of minerals and clarify treatment of silica sand.

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Aug 4, 2020
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Government Proposes Relief for Issuers of Flow-Through Shares

This article discusses the government's proposal to extend the time for junior mining companies to spend amounts raised on issuance of flow-through shares.

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Jul 28, 2020
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Material Adverse Effect Clauses in a COVID-19 World

Review and analysis of recent developments where parties try to rely on MAE clauses as a mechanism to avoid closing a transaction.

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Jun 23, 2020
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Making B.C. an Emerging Economy Leader

Review of the BC Emerging Economy Task Force Report and how BC companies can position themselves to take advantage of the emerging economy of the future.

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Jun 23, 2020
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Construction through COVID-19 in Canada: A Guideline for what each Province and Territory is Doing

How each Province is managing the impact of COVID-19 by restricting construction activities, suspending litigation time periods and recommending H&S practices

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Jun 11, 2020
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Making Innovation Work for British Columbia

Analysis and guidance on how BC companies can benefit from the BC Innovation Commissioner's recommendations and help make BC a technology powerhouse.

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Jun 3, 2020
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Ontario Provides Employers with Temporary Relief from COVID-Related Termination Risks

Ontario introduces creative measures (O. Reg. 228/20) to the Covid-related temporary lay off dilemma.

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Jun 1, 2020
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Privacy Penalties – Canadian Competition Bureau Wades Into Privacy Enforcement

Organizations operating in Canada are advised to immediately review their privacy-related policies and marketing to avoid false or misleading representations

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May 26, 2020
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Alberta Government Passes Bill 12, Liabilities Management Statutes Amendment Act, 2020 – What You Need to Know

What you need to know about the Alberta Government's Bill 12 in relation to Liabilities Management Statutes Amendment Act, 2020.

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Apr 21, 2020
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Project Management Amid COVID-19 – The Triage

Best practices for construction project management during the COVID-19 pandemic, and other force majeure circumstances.

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Apr 8, 2020
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The Impact of COVID-19 on the Construction Industry: A Reference Guide to the Changed Landscape

Contractual clauses, Permits & Inspections, Health & Safety, Labour, Litigation, Arbitration & Court Procedures,
Limitation Periods, Liens & Holdbacks

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Apr 3, 2020
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COVID-19: Alberta Government Announces List of Essential Services

Alberta's Government has published lists of essential services and non-essential places of business not permitted to
offer or provide services to the public.

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Mar 29, 2020
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Unbearable Lite-ness: Lenders’ Remedies in the Age of Missing Covenants

The author discusses the recent trend toward borrower-friendly loan documents and the remedies available to lenders in Canada.

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Mar 23, 2020
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Coronavirus: Harbinger of a New (Old) Approach to Restructuring in Canada?

Restructuring options and challenges in the time of COVID-19.

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Mar 20, 2020
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Will Modern Slavery Legislation Become a Reality in Canada?

Description of proposed modern slavery legislation in Canada that aims to address the issue of forced and child
labor in supply chains.

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Mar 3, 2020
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Supreme Court of Canada Opens the Door to Novel International Human Rights Claims: The Uncertain Implications for Canadian Resource Companies

In its 5-4 decision in Nevsun Resources Ltd., the Supreme Court of Canada has given Canadian courts the green light to develop new forms of civil liability.

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Mar 2, 2020
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Lost in Transition: Working Through the Silence Surrounding Leasehold Interests in the Construction Act’s Transition Provisions

Lost in Transition - Working through the Silence Surrounding Leasehold Interests in the Construction Act's Transition Provisions

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Feb 27, 2020
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Challenges and Opportunities for Canadian Investors in Brazilian Insolvency Proceedings: Lessons from the IBA’s 2019 Global Restructuring Conference

The authors discuss unique aspects of Brazil's insolvency regime relevant for Canadian investors, including the role of equity, DIP loans, and jurisdiction.

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Jan 21, 2020
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Contact Information Posted on Websites Not Necessarily Up for Grabs

Investigation findings of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner highlight issues surrounding the use of personal contact information posted on websites

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Dec 19, 2019
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Expropriation of Contaminated Land: a Tug-of-War of Competing Interests in the “Fair Market” Valuation

A standard determination of the market value of expropriated property can be a contentious, drawn out process where the property is environmentally contaminated

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Aug 21, 2019
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Don’t Count Your Efficiencies Before They Hatch: Exploring The Factors That Impact A Railway’s Operating Ratio

Canadian Pacific Railway (“CP”) has significantly reduced its operating ratio in the past few years.

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Jul 22, 2019
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Canadian Transportation Agency rules on Vancouver rail embargoes in first own motion investigation

The Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) has issued a Determination (see the Agency’s corresponding announcement here) following its investigation into freight rail service in the Vancouver area.

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Apr 16, 2019
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Regulations Implementing theTransportation Modernization Act

On April 1, 2019, the Canadian Transportation Agency (“Agency”) announced the publication of proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) in the Canada Gazette to implement certain aspects of the Transportation Modernization Act (Bill C-49) (“TMA”).

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Apr 11, 2019
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Amendments to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and Marine Liability Act

On December 13, 2018, Bill C-86, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 27, 2018 and other measures, otherwise known as the Budget Implementation Act was given royal assent.

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Feb 13, 2019
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Breaking New Ground: SEC Updates Rules to Modernize Property Disclosures Required for Mining Issuers

The Securities and Exchange Commission's new rule amendments seek to modernize the property disclosure requirements for mining registrants in the United States.

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Nov 24, 2018
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Trick or…Breach? PIPEDA’s Breach Reporting Requirements Come Into Force on November 1, 2018

This bulletin provides an overview of the new breach reporting requirements.

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Nov 1, 2018
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The Alberta Securities Commission Expands Prospectus Exemptions for Distributions Outside Alberta

The ASC has updated ASC Rule 72-501 Distributions to Purchasers Outside Alberta and its companion policy to facilitate cross-border investment.

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Aug 22, 2018
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Out with the old and in with the new: transitioning from Ontario’s old Construction Lien Act to the new Construction Act

An update to our December 2017 article, where some of the most significant substantive changes to the Construction Lien Act (the "CLA") are considered.

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Feb 14, 2018
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Observations from the Eco Oro Proxy Contest

Today marks the first anniversary of the start of what was likely the most acrimonious proxy fight in Canada in 2017.

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Feb 10, 2018
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Winter is coming – and so is Ontario’s New Construction Act

Winter is coming – and so is Ontario's new Construction Act

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Dec 19, 2017
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Key Corporate Governance and Disclosure Developments in 2017

Key Corporate Governance and Disclosure Developments in 2017

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Dec 4, 2017
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Investment Canada Act Threshold Increases to $1 Billion (Cdn)

Investment Canada Act Threshold Increases to $1 Billion (Cdn)

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Jun 22, 2017
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Bill C-49: Is the Line Haul Interswitching Remedy Really New?

Regulators Rethink "Best Interest" Standard for Registrants

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May 30, 2017
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Bill C-49: Government of Canada Proposes to Amend the Canada Transportation Act

Bill C-49: Government of Canada Proposes to Amend the Canada Transportation Act

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May 16, 2017
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CSA Publish Final Proxy Voting Protocols

CSA Publish Final Proxy Voting Protocols

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Feb 1, 2017
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Arbitration Clauses and Shareholder Disputes: Clarity from the Ontario Court of Appeal

Arbitration Clauses and Shareholder Disputes: Clarity from the Ontario Court of Appeal

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Oct 24, 2016
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Federal Government Issues Guidance under the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act

Federal Government Issues Guidance under the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act

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Sep 18, 2015
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Is Your Investor Presentation NI 43-101 Compliant? CSA Staff Notice 43-309 Review of Website Investor Presentations by Mining Issuers Provides Some Guidance

Is Your Investor Presentation NI 43-101 Compliant? CSA Staff Notice 43-309 Review of Website Investor Presentations by Mining Issuers Provides Some Guidance

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Apr 26, 2015