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Our Focus

The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) promotes a strong, sustainable mining industry that benefits all Canadians and supports continued prosperity across the country.

MAC actively represents the Canadian mining industry on key public policy areas, including: regulatory efficiency, economic competitiveness, northern development, climate change, corporate social responsibility, Indigenous affairs and human resources.

MAC has a strong presence in Ottawa and works with members to represent our industry’s interests to government and other important stakeholders. Learn more about our policy areas below.

Climate Change

MAC supports climate action that is consistent with the ambition of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius (above pre-industrial levels) to ensure the long-term sustainability of our shared planet.

Corporate Responsibility

The Canadian mining industry knows that there is a right way and a wrong way to operate. Doing it right builds trust among communities and decision-makers, and reduces key business risks – both critical elements to a company’s bottom line.

Economic Competitiveness

Mining is one of Canada’s most important economic sectors. Mining is a major contributor to Canada’s gross domestic product, is a top employer and supports the second largest supplier sector in the world.

Critical Minerals

A Canadian Opportunity

More than just rare earth elements, critical minerals encompass several minerals and metals critical new technology, including cobalt, copper, precious metals, nickel, uranium, lithium, magnesium and many others.


We use Cobalt to keep moving, in things like:

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

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

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

We use Uranium for modern tech in things like this:

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

Indigenous Affairs

The mining industry is continuing to build strong, progressive relationships with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada through engagement, collaboration and the development of mutually-beneficial partnerships.

International CSR

Canadian mining investment overseas generates significant economic contributions to host countries and communities, helping to raise living standards and eradicating poverty where they operate.

Northern Development

Canada’s North has promising mineral potential and opportunities for economic development. Mining companies work closely with local communities and government to spur responsible mining growth that will benefit present and future generations in the Canada’s North.

Regulatory Effectiveness

Mining companies must adhere to a number of federal acts and regulations. To deal with the complexity of the federal regulatory environment, MAC monitors and assists our members with such legislation.

Tailings Management

Responsible management of tailings is an important focus of MAC and its members. MAC has played a leading role in tailings management for more than two decades and tailings management is integral to Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM).

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