Programs and Services

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.

Mission Statement

To provide geological expertise, databases, reports, maps and models for all Nova Scotians, to:

  • Promote responsible mineral, energy and water resource evaluation and development
  • Support better land use planning
  • Enhance public health and safety