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Human Resources

A strong, sustainable mining industry requires a strong, sustainable workforce. The Canadian mining industry has a lot to offer those looking for a rewarding, high-paying career across a huge spectrum of jobs from mining and mineral-processing to marketing to finance to engineering.

The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) supports the work of the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) to help Canadian mining employers address the industry’s human resources needs and labour market inefficiencies. MiHR’s latest research estimates that under an industry contraction scenario, employers face a cumulative hiring requirement of close to 100,000 workers. Partially driving this is the need to replace a signficiant number of workers over the next decade due to retirement. More details are available in MiHR’s report, Canadian Mining Labour Market Outlook 2020.

In addition to providing labour market intelligence, MiHR also offers programs which focus on diversity, certification, standards and essential skills training, including those developed specifically for Aboriginal peoples. For more information on MiHR’s programs is available at

To help address the mining industry’s human resources needs, MAC:

  • Supports the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) and advocates for its key programs which focus on certification and standards and essential skills training: The Canadian Mining Certification Program (CMCP) and Mining Essentials
  • Advocates for skills training and employment programming funding
  • Promotes the industry as a top employer
  • Supports increasing the employment of women, Aboriginal peoples and new Canadians in the mining sector

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