About the program

The Ontario Junior Exploration Program (OJEP) helps junior mining companies finance early exploration projects. These projects help boost mineral exploration, growth and job creation in the province, particularly in northern and Indigenous communities.

Eligible junior mining companies can receive:

  • up to $200,000 per project to cover 50% of eligible costs
  • up to $10,000 to cover 100% of eligible costs per project supporting Indigenous employment and business opportunities


To be eligible for funding, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • be a non-producing junior mining company registered to do business in Ontario
  • have a market capitalization of up to $100 million, or a comparable value if you are privately owned
  • provide proof that the organization applying has the funds to cover 100% of project costs on the day the application is submitted
  • provide a copy of a valid certificate of insurance for general commercial liability coverage at a limit no less than $2 million per occurrence
  • be enrolled in the Mining Lands Administration System and able to hold mining claims in Ontario
  • have an exploration plan and/or permit valid at the time of application and for the duration of the project (where required)
  • have the approval of the tenure holder to conduct the proposed project in the event of an option agreement or co-tenure holder relationship (where required)
  • submit an application that meets the definition of grassroots exploration


For complete details on the program, application process and what happens after you apply, read the OJEP program guidelines.

Funding recipients

The following recipients received OJEP funding as part of the first intake:

Company nameApproved funding amount
5007223 Ontario Inc.$150,000
BTU Metals Corp.$200,000
Canadian Gold Miner Corp.$200,000
Manitou Gold Inc.$200,000
Noble Mineral Exploration Inc.$200,000
Northstar Gold Corp.$57,605
Pelangio Exploration Inc.$150,000
Prosper Gold Corp.$200,000
Red Pine Exploration Inc.$200,000
Transition Metals Corp.$120,500
Tyko Resources Inc.$200,000
VR Resources Ltd.$200,000

The following recipients received OJEP funding as part of the second intake:

Company nameApproved funding amount
Benton Resources$200,000
Clark Expl. Consulting Inc.$107,700
Conquest Resources Limited$200,000
Delta Resources Limited$200,000
EV Nickel Inc.$200,000
Exiro Minerals Corp.$200,000
First Class Metals Canada$200,000
Golden Goliath Resources$171,250
Hemlo Explorers Inc.$200,000
Kesselrun Resources Inc.$200,000
Manitou Gold Inc.$200,000
New Break Resources Ltd.$200,000
Nexus Gold$92,045
Pavey Ark$63,800
Platinex Inc.$80,000
Red Pine Exploration Inc$200,000
Transition Metals$200,000
Whitefish Exploration Inc.$58,150

Contact us

For more information, contact OJEP@ontario.ca.