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Using the BC MTO Online System

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Searching for Claims

Claims - Owners, Status and Maps

This page is about using the Title Search yellow-orange button on the MTO Start page. It is not about using MTO Maps.

Title Search

From the MTO Start Page click the yellow-orange Title Search button.

You can search using one or more of...

For just placer claims (not hard rock), set "Title Type" to "Placer".

For just claims that exist (not expired), set "Title Status" to "Good Standing".

After you click "Next", you will see...

Claim Status

For claims that no longer exist, "Status" tells you what happened to them. Most of them expired - they were not
renewed and have a Status of "FORF" (Forfeiture).

StatusWhich Means Which Really Means
GOODGood Standing Claim exists
ABANAbandonment Owner gives up claim - maybe a legacy claim and he/she owns the cells
CANCCancellation Claim canceled - see below
CONVConversion Conversion of "staked" Legacy Claim to Cell-Based Claim
DEMI(don't know) Conversion of a Claim (or old-style Placer Lease) to a new Placer Lease
FORFForfeiture Claim was not renewed - it expired
TRANTransition "Transition for converting Placer Lease to legacy Placer Claim" - This probably shouldn't happen anymore

Canceled Claims

The government rarely interferes with claims being acquired and forfeiting.

In particular, no matter whose fault it was, if a claim forfeits, it is gone. At 10:00 the next morning, someone may acquire a claim over the newly-opened cells.

Sometimes, mining companies accidentally let claims forfeit - sometimes very valuable claims. There are people that try to get a claim in this situation so that they can sell it to the company.

This can get out of hand... At 10:00 am, trying to be faster than the company, to get a claim that can be sold to the company for a huge amount of money because the company basically has no choice.... What if the company has to have the claim to keep their mine open? Maybe a big mine that is a huge investment and employs people?

If the amount of money asked for the claim is a few hundred dollars, it is a business service. On the other extreme, say, a million dollars for a one-cell claim... there would seem to be a lot of money involved for the amount of consent involved... it makes me think of the words "extortion" and "racket".

I have heard that, in extreme cases, the government - folks at Mineral Titles Branch presumably - has canceled claims bought for this purpose and, I assume, let the companies that owned the forfeited claims get a new ones.

On a Claim List Page

If you get a list of claims, you can click on a... Other useful fields are "Good-To Date", "Status" and "Area".

On a Claim Page - Information and Map Link

On a "Title Detail" page, you will can see... The most useful information about the claim is:

A Claim Map with a Click

To make an MTO map of the claim, click "View Tenure" near the top of the page, beside the "Title Number".

Clicking the tiny Magnifying Glass with a + beside it does the same thing.

On an Owner Page

On a "Client Detail" page, you will see information about the owner. Near the bottom of the page you will can click on a number beside... Both lists can include claims that no longer exist, even if you set "Title Status" to "Good Standing" in your original search. See the Claim Status Table, above.

It seems that "Located Titles" only includes "legacy" claims that existed as of some date - possibly in 2005 when the MTO system was made public.

If you click on the "Located Titles" number, you may get the message: Sorry, there's no matched titles found. The owner staked claims, but they all expired before 2005, so they aren't in the MTO system.


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