Mining industry welcomes enactment of transparency legislation

Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act comes into force

The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) and its members expressed their support for the coming into force of the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act. Today’s announcement fulfills Prime Minister Harper’s commitment from June 2013 to enact such transparency legislation within two years.

“This legislation places Canada at the forefront of international efforts to eliminate corruption and promote transparency. The Mining Association of Canada and its members are proud to have played an active role in collaboration with the Government of Canada and civil society in the promotion and design of this important legislation,” said Pierre Gratton, President and CEO, MAC.

The Canadian mining industry has been a strong supporter of transparency. From 2012 to 2014, MAC and fellow members of the Resource Revenue Transparency Working Group (RRTWG)—the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada, Publish What You Pay-Canada and the Natural Resource Governance Institute—developed recommendations for Canadian governments and advocated for Canada to join the global transparency movement by making payment disclosure mandatory through legislation. The Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act, tabled in late 2014, is largely consistent with the RRTWG’s recommendations. As a result of the legislation, all Canadian mining companies will be required to publicly disclose the financial payments they make to governments both in Canada and overseas. The enhanced transparency that will result from this legislation will help reduce instances of corruption by enabling citizens around the world to hold their governments accountable for how they allocate and spend mining revenues.  It will also help to ensure that these revenues contribute to sustainable development and poverty reduction.

MAC and its members, along with other members of the RRTWG, are heavily engaged in consultations with the Government of Canada on the development of guidance that will support companies’ disclosure obligations. MAC is also committed to working on the next phase of this legislation, in which disclosure of payments will be extended to include those made to Aboriginal governments.


About MAC

The Mining Association of Canada is the national organization for the Canadian mining industry.  Its members account for most of Canada’s production of base and precious metals, uranium, diamonds, metallurgical coal, mined oil sands and industrial minerals and are actively engaged in mineral exploration, mining, smelting, refining and semi-fabrication. Please visit

Related Resources

Press Release  | 
CONFEDEM becomes the fifth national mining association outside of Canada to adopt TSM The national mining association of Spain, CONFEDEM, has announced that it will adopt the Towards Sustainable Mining®[...]

Popular Resources

Report  | 
MAC’s annual flagship publication detailing the latest trends in the Canadian mining industry.

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. 

Josée Méthot

Josée Méthot is the Association minière du Québec’s President and CEO and leads advocacy efforts promoting Quebec’s innovative mining sector. She is an active Board member of Institut national des...

Lisa McDonald

Lisa McDonald is Executive Director of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada, the association that represents the voice of Canada’s mineral exploration and development industry and produces the world’s...

Subscribe to MAC News

"*" indicates required fields


*Indicates a required field

You can unsubscribe from these communications at any time. For more information on how to unsubscribe, our privacy practices, and how we are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy, please review our Privacy Policy.

By clicking submit, you consent to allow The Mining Association of Canada to store and process the personal information submitted above to provide you the content requested.