The Mineral Resources Branch is responsible for implementing policies and programs dealing with the exploration, development, management and efficient use of mineral resources. The Branch promotes scientific understanding of the geology of Nova Scotia for use by government, industry and the public, and provides a mineral rights tenure system that establishes legal rights to minerals for exploration and development. The Branch also promotes the concepts of environmental responsibility and sustainable development, stewardship of the mineral resource sector and integrated resource planning.
Sources of data are available to municipalities to assist with the preparation of MCCAPs (posted July 9, 2013)
Nova Scotia Mineral Incentive Program 2013-2014 Grant Recipients Chosen (updated June 19, 2013)
Mineral Resources Branch Report of Activities 2011, (Report ME 2012-001) (Posted April 17, 2012.)
Geology Matters 2011 Program with Abstracts Report ME 2011-2
PDF for OFM ME 2011-001: Overview Map Showing Locations of Surficial Geology Maps of the Halifax Metropolitan and Surrounding Areas, Halifax and Hants Counties, Nova Scotia.
PDF of OFM ME 2011-009, Surficial Geology Map, Part of the Halifax Claim Reference Sheet 11D/12D, Halifax County, Nova Scotia.
PDF of OFM ME 2011-13, Bedrock Geology Map of the Governor Lake Area, Part of NTS Sheets 11E/01, 11E/02, 11E/07 and 11E/08, Colchester, Guysborough, Halifax and Pictou Counties, Nova Scotia.
The Geological Services Division (GSD) is active in the following areas:
The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is pleased to introduce e3 Plus: A Framework for Responsible Exploration, designed to improve understanding and performance in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for the mineral exploration industry worldwide.
The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program with the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative. The TSM includes mandatory reporting and third party verification of results for continuous improvement of social and environmental management.