Mining Sector Performance Report 2006-2015

(published in August 2016)

The 2016 edition of the Mining Sector Performance Report (MSPR) examines the economic, social, and environmental performance of the Canadian mineral industry from 2006 to 2015, and benefits from insight, review, and comments from a multi-stakeholder external advisory committee, the provinces and territories, industry associations, and industry members. The report was prepared by the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Mineral Industry for submission to the Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference in August 2016 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The report focuses on:

  • The domestic activities of the sector;
  • National-level indicators and, when possible and relevant, data by jurisdiction; and
  • Articulating performance trends rather than determining causality among metrics.

The MSPR is presented to federal, provincial, and territorial Mines Ministers every three years and has three objectives:

  • To provide Canadians with a common understanding of the sector’s performance based on credible and reliable data;
  • To identify areas where improvements have taken place and where progress is still needed; and
  • To help inform the development of priorities for the collaborative work being carried out by the federal-provincial/territorial Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference and the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Mineral Industry.

To achieve these objectives, the current report measures the performance of 25 indicators over the period 2006-15. The performance indicators were selected on the basis of: (i) international mineral performance reporting practices; (ii) input from provinces and territories; (iii) consultation with an external advisory committee composed of individuals from academia, industry, and Indigenous and non-governmental organizations; and (iv) data availability.