Mining Facts

courtesy of The Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC)

Mining continues to be an integral part of the BC economy with gross revenues of $7.7 billion in 2015. There are currently 14 operating mines throughout BC which include: 7 coal mines, 7 metal mines, and numerous industrial mineral mines.

Health & Safety

Mining is one of the safest heavy industries in BC.


In 2015, the BC mining industry made payments of $476 million to government – a significant contribution to social programs, including health and education, for all British Columbians.

BC’s mining industry accounts for 16% of Canadian mineral production.

Industry supports education al, training, and charitable programs. For example, collectively the mining industry has raised over $26 million for the BC Children’s Hospital through the Mining For Miracles campaign.

Vancouver is the world’s leading centre of expertise for mining and mineral exploration, with over 800 companies based in BC, most in greater Vancouver.

First Nations

The mining industry is the largest private sector employer of First Nations in BC.

The Government of BC has committed to sharing mineral tax revenues for new and expanding mines with First Nations.


In 2015, BC’s mining industry directly employed over 8,700 people, with jobs in every region of BC.

The mining industry has one of the highest average annual salaries in Canada.

With an anticipated expansionary scenario, the mining industry in BC will need more than 20,000 new workers in a wide variety of jobs over the next ten years.


Metallurgical coal, copper, zinc, silver, gold, lead, and molybdenum are the primary commodities mined in BC.

Canada produces 3% of the world’s gold supply.

Metallurgical Coal and copper accounted for 52% of revenues in 2015.

Low-Carbon Economy

BC’s metal and steelmaking-coal mines are playing an important role in the world’s transition to a low-carbon economy. 

  • The average car requires about 630 kilograms of steelmaking coal to produce and contains 23 kilograms of copper.
  • Electrically powered subway cars, trolleys and buses also use from 625 lbs to 9,200 lbs of copper.
  • 100 tonnes of metallurgical coal is required to produce the 185 tonnes of steel used in a typical wind turbine.

Source: Mining Association of BC. For more information visit