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BC Mining Industry

BC Mining Industry Facts & Economic Impact

  • Mineral exploration expenditures in BC were $463 million in 2011, considerably higher than previous year’s expenditures
  • Mines in production at the end of 2011: 10 metal mines, 11 coal mines, 32 industrial mineral mines, and hundreds of sand and gravel quarries
  • Solid mineral production of $8.6 billion in 2011
  • Two mines opening and two new mines under construction
  • 26 mine projects in process with Environmental Assessment office
  • More than half of Canadian exploration and mining are based in BC, which has the world’s largest concentration of exploration companies and mining professionals
  • Billions of dollars of equity capital was raised by more than 800 publicly listed BC companies

Source: http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Exploration/Pages/default.aspx#exploration


Also, see map of all exisitng selected major exploration projects in BC