Mining Association of Canada | 2023 Report

The Mining Association of Canada | The Canadian Mining Story: Economic Impacts and Drivers for the Global Energy Transition 2023 35 SECTION 4 The People: Safety, Employment and Costs The people of mining are diverse: they come from all corners of the country and all educational backgrounds. Some are born in this country, and some are new Canadians. The minerals industry is an important employer of Indigenous peoples, providing jobs to 11,300 people in 2020. The mining workforce is growing, and increasing demands for metals and minerals, sustainably sourced raw materials and high standards of environmental stewardship and community engagement mean that a diverse, skilled and knowledgeable mining workforce will be increasingly important. SAFETY In mining, safety comes first. Canadian mining companies work hard to create a positive safety culture, with employees, contractors, and communities. The results of this dedication to safety can be seen in the decline in rates of injury across the industry over the past decade. Between 2011 and 2019, the most recent year for which data is available, the rate of fatal injuries per 10,000 employees fell from 9.3 to 4.0, a decline of 57%. Non-fatal injuries fell over the same period from 219.3 to 161.6 per 10,000 employees as shown in Figure 1. Figure 1: Compensated Injury Rates in the Minerals Sector25 25 From NRCan’s Mining Sector Performance Report, Cat. No. M31-15E-PDF. Figure 26. 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Fatal injuries per 10,000 employees Non-fatal injuries per 10,000 employees Year 250 150 200 100 50 Fatal injury rate Non-fatal injury rate 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0