For Immediate Release
June 4, 2020

Canadian securities regulators reinforce disclosure expectations for mining issuers’ mineral resource estimates

Toronto and Vancouver – The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today published a notice that summarizes the results of a review on the mineral resource estimates disclosed in mining issuers’ technical reports. The notice explains how regulators assess mineral resource estimates and provides guidance to assist issuers on addressing common deficiencies.

Disclosure of a mineral resource estimate is an influential factor in the value that investors put on a mining issuer’s securities. The estimate is the foundation for studies that govern the design and economic feasibility of a mining project.

CSA Staff reviewed the disclosure of mineral resource estimates in 86 technical reports to assess compliance with securities regulatory requirements and for conformance to the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum best practices guidelines.

“Robust technical reports are essential to disclosure at key project development stages,” said Louis Morisset, CSA Chair and President and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers. “Our intention for publishing this guidance in the current environment is to support mining issuers in preparing their resource estimates, and to reinforce the importance of technical reports that are transparent and comply with disclosure requirements and industry best practices.”

The review found that most disclosure on mineral resource estimates was satisfactory. Some mining issuers need to improve their mineral resource estimate disclosure in the following areas:

  • Reasonable prospects of eventual economic extraction: improving descriptions of the different technical and economic assumptions used to determine that the estimated mineralized material has the potential to be mined and processed economically;
  • Data verification: ensuring data used to support a mineral resource estimate is adequately verified and determined suitable by the qualified person;
  • Reporting results, sensitivities, risks and uncertainties: enhancing disclosure about potential risks and uncertainties specific to the mining project. Many technical reports only provided boilerplate disclosure and omitting risks specific to of the mineral resource estimate could be misleading.

Despite some deficiencies, many technical reports provided detailed and useful information on geological constraints applied to the estimate, and on statistical treatment of the data.

Based on the review, ten mining issuers amended their technical reports. The issuers were required to correct material disclosure deficiencies by re-filing the technical reports and filing a clarifying or retracting news release. Of the ten issuers, six re-filings related to inadequate disclosure and four re-filings were due to professional practice issues.

The CSA will continue to pay special attention to mineral resource estimates and the areas of deficient disclosure referenced in this review.

The notice can be found on participating CSA members’ websites.

The CSA, the council of the securities regulators of Canada’s provinces and territories, co-ordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets.

For Investor inquiries, please refer to your respective securities regulator. You can contact them here

For media inquiries, please refer to the list of provincial and territorial representatives below or contact us at media@acvm-csa.ca:

Kristen Rose
Ontario Securities Commission
416-593-2336

Sylvain Théberge
Autorité des marchés financiers
514-940-2176

Brian Kladko
British Columbia Securities Commission
(604) 899-6713

Hilary McMeekin
Alberta Securities Commission
403-592-8186

Jason (Jay) Booth
Manitoba Securities Commission
204-945-1660

Sara Wilson
Financial and Consumer Services
Commission, New Brunswick
506-643-7045

David Harrison
Nova Scotia Securities Commission
902-424-8586

Steve Dowling
Government of
Prince Edward Island,
Superintendent of Securities
902-368-4550

Renée Dyer
Office of the Superintendent
of Securities,
Newfoundland and Labrador
709-729-4909

Rhonda Horte
Office of the Yukon Superintendent
of Securities
867-667-5466

Jeff Mason
Nunavut Securities Office
867-975-6591

Tom Hall
Office of the Superintendent
of Securities
Northwest Territories
(867) 767-9305

Shannon McMillan
Financial and Consumer Affairs
Authority of Saskatchewan
306-798-4160