Frequently Asked Questions - Forestry

As per Forest Act s.47.5 (2)(a), a Master Licence to Cut (MLTC) cannot exceed a term of 10 years.  To ensure cutting permits associated to the Master Licence to Cut are valid for the term of an OGAA Permit, the Commission will replace Master Licenses to Cut twenty-three months prior to the expiry of the current MLTC.  The Commission has enhanced AMS to display those MLTC’s that will be expiring with a status of (expiring).

Cutting permits issued under an expiring MLTC are still valid and permit holders can continue to cut under those cutting permits for the areas of cut permitted until the MLTC expires.  However, because the MLTC is expiring, open cutting permits cannot be modified.

No, cutting permits issued under an expiring MLTC cannot be modified.

No, new cutting permits cannot be added to an expiring MLTC.

You must first ensure you have a new MLTC; then, within your amendment application you can apply to add a new cutting permit to your activity for the additional area of new cut. 

The Permit Operations & Administration Branch will automatically replace and send permit holders a new MLTC 24 months in advance of the current MLTC expiry date; these will need to be signed and returned before they are valid.  If an applicant does not have a current MLTC, they will need apply for one; please see the Permit Operations and Administration Manual for the form and direction.  For any questions or concerns relating to the MLTC, please submit a service desk request to Permit Operations & Administration. 

To add new cut for applications that are in progress or in revision, click the plus button shown on the right hand side of the forestry table. Select the applicable Forest District from the drop down list. A valid MLTC will populate into the table and the “Area of Proposed Cut Over Crown Land and MoTI (ha)” field will be editable.  Upon a positive decision, the Commission will issue a new cutting permit under the new MLTC. 

The Master License to Cut will not display if the applicant does not hold a valid MLTC. The applicant must apply for a new MLTC; please see the Permit Operations and Administration Manual for the form and direction.  For any questions or concerns relating to the MLTC, please submit a service desk request to Permit Operations & Administration.

No, if the MLTC expires while an application is in review, a new cutting permit will be issued under the new MLTC upon approval. 

Cut is entered with the submission of the Post Construction in eSubmission, all valid MLTC’s and cutting permits will be displayed in eSubmisssion.