101.0.1. In the case of a metal mine project where the mine has a production capacity of less than 2,000 metric tons per day, the applicant for a mining lease must, before submitting the application and in the manner prescribed by regulation, hold a public consultation in the region where the project is situated. The applicant shall then send a report on the consultation to the Minister and the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks.
The rehabilitation and restoration plan required under section 232.1 must be accessible to the public at least 30 days before the consultation begins. The Minister may, if he deems that the consultation was not carried out in the manner prescribed by regulation, impose any additional measure.
The first paragraph does not apply to a rare earth project.