Canada’s minerals sector is a mainstay of the national economy that supports jobs and economic activity in every region. Explore how the minerals sector contributes to the Canadian economy and our everyday lives.
- In 2016, Canada produced 60 minerals and metals worth nearly $41 billion.
- The minerals sector, which includes mining, primary processing and metal product manufacturing, directly employed 403,000 individuals in 2016.
- In 2011, Indigenous people accounted for 8% of the labour force in the mining and quarrying industry, making it the largest private sector employer on a participation basis.
- Valued at $88.6 billion in 2016, Canada’s minerals and mineral products accounted for 18.9% of total domestic exports.
- Canadian exploration and mining companies have mining assets abroad worth $171 billion invested in more than 100 countries as of 2015.
- A total of $1.6 billion was spent in 2016 on exploration and deposit appraisal projects in Canada.
Minerals and Metals
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