Mining in Canada

A Career in Mining is More Than You Think!

The Canadian mining industry has come a long way since coal was discovered on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, nearly 350 years ago. There are now approximately 800 mining operations in Canada. The minerals and metals industry is woven into the history and fabric of our country – many communities such as Glace Bay, Rouyn-Noranda, Val d'Or, Sept-Iles, Labrador City, Timmins, Sudbury and Fort McMurray can trace their roots back to mining and exploration activities.

One of the largest mining nations in the world, Canada produces more than 60 unique minerals and metals. The mining industry is a major player in the Canadian economy and generates nearly 5% of the country's gross domestic product. Mining in Canada also accounts for 19% of the country's total exports.

Canada is recognized globally for its leadership in safety, standards, sustainability and technological innovation. Canadian mining companies were the first in the world to develop an externally verified performance system for sustainable mining practices through the creation of the Mining Association of Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining initiative in 2004.

The mining industry offers many attractive career opportunities. In 2013, mining and processing sectors directly employed 380,000 Canadians and skilled workers are still in high demand. Research by MiHR indicates that the mining industry will need over 100,000 new workers in the next decade.

Click here to view our latest Canadian Mining Labour Market Outlook report to learn more about where the industry is headed.

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