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 38 The requirements for new employees, the low interest rate from youth, and the declining number of graduates lead to a new set of challenges: small numbers of inexperienced workers replacing older ones, particularly in the trades and production occupations. This places an additional onus on industry to work collaboratively with government and educational institutions to ensure that new entrants to the industry have the skills required for high-demand jobs within mining. Women in Mining The mining industry has historically been a male-dominated sector. Mining companies across the country increasingly have women occupying senior leadership roles and working at the site level, but there is still significant work to be done to ensure their participation in the industry. According to Canada’s most recent census data, women’s representation has increased in mining-related employment. From 2011 through 2021, the proportion of women in mining has increased from 15.1% to 16.4% as shown on the right-hand scale of Figure 5. Figure 4: Mining-Related Engineering Enrollment, 2015-202028 28 From Canadian Engineers for Tomorrow: Trends in Engineering Enrolment and Degrees Awarded 2020 by Engineers Canada. Link. Appendix A, Table U.1. 300 600 900 1200 1500 Materials or Metallurgical Engineering: 934 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Mining or Mineral Engineering: 831 Geological Engineering: 556