Mining Incentive Program

About the Program

Rock hammer and sulphide mineralizationThe Northwest Territories (NWT) Mining Incentive Program (MIP) provides funding to prospectors and exploration companies who propose new exploration projects or are already carrying out NWT mineral exploration work. The MIP is intended to stimulate and sustain mineral exploration activities throughout the NWT and reduce the risk associated with grass roots mineral exploration - exploration that is vital to a healthy, sustained, and productive mining industry. The MIP is an initiative of the Northwest Territories Mineral Development Strategy (MDS) and was developed in response to the findings of the Stakeholders Engagement Panel. The MIP is modeled after successful incentive programs offered by other Canadian juridictions.

MIP Funding and Application Deadline

Novus Gold exploration camp - Izok Lake area. Credit NTGSFunding is available under the Prospector Mining Incentive Program and the Corporate Mining Incentive Program. Please note that the application deadline for both programs has been extended to April 22, 2016. Eligible expenses are those incurred during the period April 1st, 2016 to March 31st, 2017.


Prospector Mining Incentive Program

Drill core of Dumas Group rocks from old exploration camp. Credit: NTGS.Prospectors licenced to operate in the NWT can apply for up to $15,000 in funding.  For updated program information, please see the 2016 Prospector MIP Guide.

Corporate Mining Incentive Program

Float plane, lake, outcrop, field gearMineral exploration companies licensed to operate in the NWT can apply for up to $100,000 in funding (up to 50% of eligible expenses). For updated program information, please see the 2016 Corporate MIP Guide.

MIP Contact Information

Phone - (867) 767-9211 x63469
Email -
Mail - Mining Incentive Program, c/o NWT Geoscience Office, PO Box 1320, Yellowknife, NT, X1A 2L9, Canada


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