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MLA Charlie Parker, far left, reviews the old paper system of registering claims with prospectors Ted MacNaughton, centre, and Lindsay Allen.
STELLARTON - A new online system in Nova Scotia will make prospectors’ lives easier by allowing them to make exploration claims and pay fees from anywhere in the province and the world, said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker during an announcement today at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton.
NovaROC, Nova Scotia Registry of Claims, uses online mapping services to show available areas for development and updates immediately when they’re no longer accessible.
“Overall, it’s going to save prospectors time and money,” Parker said.
The previous claim system was done in person at the Natural Resources office in Halifax. Parker said this required many to drive long distances and lengthened the process.
It was not only costly for miners, but the price of printing required the registry to spend up to hundreds of dollars for each claim, said Parker.
Everything was done on paper maps in the past. John MacNeil, registrar of NovaROC, said this meant when maps of the province were released, they were already at least two weeks out of date.
“I think it’s really going to help spur some economic activity here in our province,” said Parker.
Many provinces already have similar technology in place, but Parker said Nova Scotia’s system is the best as it’s the most current.
So far, the system has received positive feedback from those that have tested it.
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