The Mining Association of Canada (MAC), whose members include the vast majority of Canada’s leading mining companies, has been supporting its members whose operations, like many sectors across the Canadian economy, have been heavily impacted by the current COVID-19 global pandemic.
MAC has established a COVID-19 Working Group that is in constant contact. This working group provides a forum for sharing information on best practices to protect employees and the communities, as well as challenges and successes regarding their implementation.
For an in-depth look at how MAC’s members are responding to COVID-19 read our regular update (last updated October 2, 2020) which provides detailed information on company announcements pertaining to the pandemic. MAC’s newsletter focused on the industry’s response can be read in full here.
MAC’s President and CEO wrote an op-ed entitled Mining Can Help Drive Canada’s Economic Recovery from COVID-19 that appeared in the June 13 issue of the Sudbury Star that focuses on how the industry has responded to the pandemic.
MAC has created a resource, COVID-19 Testing and Screening: Public Health Advice and Mining Association of Canada Member Practices, that consolidates the latest information on COVID-19 testing practices. This document includes comprehensive advice from public health agencies and information on current industry practices to manage the risk of COVID-19 at mine sites.
For information on how Canada’s mining industry is engaging with Indigenous and local communities, read our resource entitled Approaches to Indigenous Community Engagement and COVID-19.
Read about the importance of donating to local food banks in MAC’s press release focused on how, in an effort to bolster support for Canadian families in need, 18 national and regional industry associations and partners came together to donate a total of $36,000 to the Ottawa Food Bank, Food Banks Canada, and to food banks across the country.
Read MAC’s response to the federal government’s new wage subsidy, which will bring relief to Canada’s mining companies and their workers amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, in our press release.
Members of the Mining Association of Canada have donated over $40 million in Canada alone towards COVID-19 relief efforts. These donations are going towards the purchase of PPE, to food banks and numerous healthcare causes in the communities that need it most. Click here to learn more about how mining companies are making a difference during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many of MAC’s member have established COVID-19 specific websites to provide updates on how individual companies are responding to the pandemic, these websites can be accessed below: