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Mining Facts

Minerals and metals are the building blocks of the computers and smartphones we rely on, of the vehicles and public transit that get us places, of the buildings where we live and work, and of green technologies that help make the world a more sustainable place.

Mining is one of Canada’s most important economic sectors and a major job creator.

Just as we as individuals depend on mining to support our daily lives, Canada relies on the industry to keep the economy humming.

Learn more below about the importance of Canada’s mining industry.

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Explore the many contributions of mining in everyday life...

Carbon

Carbon is part of our cleaner future & used in things like:

  • Lithium-Ion batteries
  • Robotics
  • Food manufacturing
  • Energy
  • Surgical instruments
  • 3-D printing
C
Carbon
Coal

Metallurgical Coal creates the materials we need, for things like:

  • Wind Turbines
  • Cement
  • Electricity
  • Carbon Fibre
  • Water filtration
  • Steel
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Coal
Cobalt

We use Cobalt to keep moving, in things like:

  • Electric cars
  • Jet engines
  • Ceramics
  • Wind turbines
  • Batteries
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Cobalt
Copper

We use Copper to make it last, in things like:

  • Plumbing
  • Circuit board
  • Elecrtical wiring
  • Housewares
  • Instruments
  • Hospital surfaces
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Copper
Diamond

Our Diamonds are a cut above, found in things like:

  • Drill bits
  • Jewellery
  • Polishing powder
  • Knife sharpeners
  • Mining exploration
  • Cement cutting
Diamond
Gold

We use Gold every day in things like:

  • Hi-tech Healthcare
  • Aerospace
  • Awards
  • Jewellery
  • Electronics
  • Investment
Au
Gold
HydroCarbon

Hydrocarbon and Canada’s oil industry provides fuel to power:

  • Transportation
  • Aerospace
  • Farming
  • Earbuds
  • Running shoes
C+H
HydroCarbon
Iron

We use Iron to build things like:

  • Cities
  • Public transportation
  • Appliances
  • Roads & bridges
  • Manufacturing
  • Cars & trucks
Fe
Iron
Nickel

If we had a nickel for all its uses, in things like:

  • Healthcare
  • Electric car batteries
  • Food processing
  • Aerospace
  • Electronics
  • Home appliances
Ni
Nickel
Palladium

We use Palladium to keep it cleaner, in things like:

  • Emissions converters
  • Jewellery
  • Dentistry
  • Surgical implants
  • Medical instruments
  • Flutes
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Palladium
Scandium

We use Scandium to keep it light, in things like:

  • Bike frames
  • Clean energy
  • Aircrafts
  • Sports equipment
  • 3D printing
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Scandium
Silver

There’s silver all around us in things like:

  • Solar panels
  • Mirrors
  • 3d Printing
  • Jewellery
  • Medicine
  • Water purification
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Silver
Titanium

We use Titanium to strengthen & brighten in things like:

  • Prosthetic limbs
  • Paints & finishes
  • Solar panel frames
  • Fireworks
  • Ultrasound machines
  • Spacecrafts
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Titanium
Uranium

We use Uranium for modern tech in things like this:

  • Clean energy
  • Food disinfection
  • Medical isotopes
  • Medical equipment sterilization
  • Cancer treatments
  • Aerospace
U
Uranium
Zinc

We use Zinc to protect in things like:

  • Soap
  • Sunscreen
  • Rust protection
  • Plastics
  • Rubber
  • Metal alloys
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Zinc

MAC Presents

30 Things

Click below to view a showcase of the essential role mining plays in our daily lives.

Canadian Mining Posters

MAC’s campaigns promote the strength and sustainability of the Canadian mining industry.

Canadian Mining Videos

Canadian mining matters.

Canada’s mining industry is essential to the the products that we rely on, as an economic driver and major employer in communities across the country.

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Critical Minerals Canadian Supply

Canadian Mining Stories

The sector is a major economic driver in our Canadian economy and a great contributor to jobs and leading technologies and here are our stories.

Aïssatou Diop

Aïssatou Diop holds a double Master’s degree in Earth Science and Environment, is a Certified Environmental Auditor and is an Environmental Compliance and Authorization Coordinator with ArcelorMittal, playing a key...

Angela Bigg

As Rio Tinto’s Diavik Diamond Mine’s GM, Angela Bigg leads a team of 1,100 people who sustainably mine gem-quality diamonds from Lac de Gras in Canada’s NWT. She has worked...

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