Survey Form: Mineral Resource Development

The purpose of this web page is to provide information that will assist you in completing the Survey of Mineral Exploration, Deposit Appraisal and Mine Complex Development Expenditures.

The survey form needs to be completed twice every year. In the fall, the survey allows us to obtain preliminary estimates for the current year and the intention of spending for the coming year. In the spring, the survey serves to collect actual spending for the previous year and the revised intentions for the current year.

For the most recent survey data, please refer to our publications.

Survey of Mineral Exploration, Deposit Appraisal and Mine Complex Development Expenditures: 2019 Annual and 2020 Revised Intentions Form

Please fill out a survey form for each province and territory in which your company generates expenses towards mineral exploration, deposit appraisal and mine complex development.

The survey form is offered in two different file formats: Excel and fillable PDF. You can choose either of them.

Survey form

  1. Excel (1.15 MB)
  2. PDF (2.59 MB)

To send the completed survey form by email

To avoid errors when sending your surveys to the Mineral Exploration Statistics Office, save each completed survey individually and email only one file at a time. Due to the size limit for incoming emails at Natural Resources Canada, your email may be rejected if you send more than one file in a single email.

To send the completed survey form by post

Please ensure you save the completed surveys for your files before sending your copies to the addresses on the form.

Pre-filled form

To receive a pre-filled form for the spring collection, simply complete the Approval Form for the Transmittal of Pre-Filled Questionnaires and send it to us along with the current survey. You cannot receive a pre-filled questionnaire for the fall collection.

  1. Approval Form for the Transmittal of Pre-Filled Questionnaire (PDF, 2.51 MB)

Information Regarding the Survey Form

Information that will help you complete the survey form can be found in the Reporting Guide of Mineral Exploration, the Guideline of Mineral Exploration and the Quick Index for Survey Forms of Mineral Exploration.

  1. Reporting Guide of Mineral Exploration
  2. Guideline of Mineral Exploration
  3. Quick Index for Survey Forms of Mineral Exploration

Contact Information

For any questions, contact the Minerals and Metals Statistics Division:

Tel.: 1-800-267-0452 (toll-free in North America) or 343-292-8646
Email: Mineral Exploration Statistics Office


Facsimile or Other Electronic Transmission Disclosure

Natural Resources Canada advises you that there could be a risk of disclosure during facsimile or other forms of electronic transmission. However, upon receipt of your information, Natural Resources Canada will provide the guaranteed level of protection afforded all information collected under the authority of the Resources and Technical Surveys Act, C.R.-7, R.S.C. 1985.

Acrobat Reader

To download Portable Document Format (.PDF) files, you will need the Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Acrobat Reader, download your free copy at the Adobe website.

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