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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.

The Mining Association of Canada is pleased to have its 30 Things resource to showcase the essential role mining plays in our daily lives. 

3o Things can also be viewed in Spanish here.

Did you Know?

Just as we as individuals depend on mining to support our daily lives, Canada relies on the industry to keep the economy humming. Mining is one of Canada’s most important economic sectors and a major job creator.

Around the world, countries want Canadian investment. They want us for how we go about our business, how we work with communities and raise standards. We are one of the safest jurisdictions for mining in the world, and the Canadian mining sector’s commitment to responsible environmental and social practices is widely recognized internationally.

 Key findings from MAC’s Facts & Figures 2019 report:

  • In 2018, Canada’s mining industry contributed $97 billion, or 5%, to Canada’s total nominal GDP.
  • The industry’s direct and indirect employment exceeds 620,000 jobs, accounting for one in every 30 jobs in Canada.
  • Proportionally, the mining industry is the largest private sector employer of Indigenous peoples and provided over 16,600 jobs to community members in 2018.
  • Richly endowed with natural resources, Canada ranks among the top five countries in the global production of 15 minerals and metals, many of which are integral to the low carbon technology needed for a greener future.
  • Valued at $105 billion in 2018, mineral exports accounted for 19% of Canada’s total domestic exports.
  • According to the Natural Resource Governance Institute, in 2018, extractive sector companies reported payments of more than $10.4 billion to Canadian governments.

Source: Facts & Figures 2019 (Mining Association of Canada)

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