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Mining Incentive Program

Support for NWT Mineral Exploration

The 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 grassroots mineral exploration - exploration that is vital to a healthy, sustained, and productive mining industry. 

This program is facilitated by the Northwest Territories Geological Survey (NTGS). View the full program description and download all relevant forms here.

Application Deadline

Funding is available under the Prospector Mining Incentive Program and the Corporate Mining Incentive Program. The 2022-2023 application deadline for both programs is April 29, 2022. Eligible expenses are those incurred during the period April 1st, 2022 to March 31st, 2023.

Prospector Mining Incentive Program

Prospectors licenced to operate in the NWT can apply for up to $25,000 in funding. The funding limit was increased from $15,000.  For updated program information, please see the Prospector MIP Guide and MIP COVID UPDATE - May 12, 2020.

Corporate Mining Incentive Program

Mineral exploration companies licensed to operate in the NWT can apply for up to $240,000 in funding representing up to 60% of eligible project expenses. For updated program information, please see the Corporate MIP Guide and MIP COVID UPDATE - May 12, 2020

Please note there is a new page limit for Corporate Applications. Applications must not exceed 15 pages, see the Corporate Guidelines and Corporate Application Form for further details.