You can renew your claim – move the Good-To Date out a year, also known as “Expiry Date Change” – in two ways:
1.) either by submitting Exploration and Development Work for work and expenses worth at least the “Assessment Work Requirement” – $20 per hectare – about $400 per cell. This will move out the Good-To Date. Then you must submit either a Physical Work Report within 30 days, or a Technical Work Report within 90 days.
2.) or by “Payment Instead of Exploration and Development” (PIED), also known as “Cash in Lieu” (CIL) – pay the government $40 per hectare – about $800 per cell (double the Assessment Work Requirement).
You Register Work with the MTO system. The amount of work and expenses you have to do to hold your claim for another year – the Assessment Work Requirement – is $20 per hectare – about $400 per cell.
To register work, you must know where the work was done, where the Good-To Date will be changed, the new Good-To Date(s) for those claims, the work start and end dates, any event numbers for the same work program, all the types of work that will be reported, and the total dollar value that will be reported.
If you have submitted work reports for the claim(s) for the same work program in the past, you want the Event Number for Expiry-Date-change Events (from when you registered the work) for the work program on the claim(s). You can get Event Numbers by doing a MTO Claim Search.
Registering work on your claim must be done by you or your authorized agent. The work must have been done on your claim, or if your claim is part of a group of your claims that share sides (not just corners), any claim in that group. If you own a claim with a grid cell that is partially covered by one or more old legacy claims (usually rectangles along a creek), you have to do work or pay cash in lieu for the entire cell. (However, if the old legacy claim expires, your claim expands to include the entire cell.)
You can Submit Work Reports with the MTO system. See Information Update No. 14 – Submitting Exploration and Development Work Reports.
However, you don’t have to use the MTO system to submit work reports. The PDF documents of a work report may be attached to an email to Mineral.Titles@gov.bc.ca, put onto a CD ROM and mailed, or put onto the web where they can be downloaded.
Work reports on CD ROM or Paper may be mailed to:
Ministry of Energy and Mines
300 – 865 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2G3
Here is a sample Physical Work Report Form.