Mineral Exploration

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) coordinates the collection of statistics for off-mine-site and on-mine-site expenditures for the exploration and deposit appraisal phases, as well as the mine complex development phases, of mineral exploration.

NRCan and Statistics Canada cooperate with the provinces and territories to collect, assemble, and publish comprehensive national mineral resource development statistics. These are compiled from the federal-provincial/territorial Survey of Mineral Exploration, Deposit Appraisal and Mine Complex Development Expenditures. To protect respondents' confidential data, only aggregate statistics are released.

The Federal-Provincial/Territorial Committee on Mineral Statistics ensures harmonization of methodology and definitions on a national scale. Complete coverage of project evolution from exploration to mine production allows a better understanding of the components illustrated in the statistical tables.

Preliminary Estimates and Spending Intentions Statistics of Mineral Exploration

This page offers links to statistical reports on mineral exploration, the preliminary estimates and spending intentions surveys.

Annual and Revised Spending Intentions Statistics of Mineral Exploration

This page offers links to statistical reports on mineral exploration, the annual and revised spending intentions surveys.

Survey Definitions and Methodology of Mineral Exploration

This page provides links to the survey methodology, and key definitions related to mineral exploration.

Survey Forms of Mineral Exploration

This page provides links to the survey questionnaires related to mineral exploration.

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