298. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, the Government may make regulations authorizing the Minister to issue exploration permits to explore for mineral substances, except petroleum and natural gas, upon such conditions as it may determine: (a) in the territory of New Québec, with the following restrictions:
i. the territory covered shall not be less than 65 nor more than 400 square kilometres;
ii. the duration of such licence shall not exceed ten years;
iii. the annual rental shall not be less than $60 per square kilometre;
(b) in alluvial deposits throughout Québec, with the same restrictions except with respect to the minimum area of the territory covered, which shall not be less than 2 square kilometres;
(c) in rejected materials forming part of the public domain.
Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, the Government may make regulations authorizing the Minister to issue exploration licences for petroleum and natural gas on such conditions as it determines, in the River and Gulf of St. Lawrence, and James Bay, Hudson’s Bay, Hudson Strait and Ungava Bay.
1965 (1st sess.), c. 34, s. 270; 1968, c. 36, s. 25; 1977, c. 31, s. 24; 1977, c. 60, s. 102.