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 2017, Canada produced over 60 minerals and metals worth nearly $44 billion
- The minerals sector, which includes mining, primary processing and metal product manufacturing, directly employed 426,000 individuals in 2017, an increase of 2.1% over 2016
- In 2016, Indigenous people accounted for 12% of the labour force in the mining industry, up from 8% in 2011, and ranking mining as the private sector industry with the highest Indigenous representation after fishing, hunting and trapping
- Canada's domestic exports of mineral and metal products reached $97.5 billion in 2017, up 9.9% over 2016, and accounted for 19.4% of its total merchandise exports
- Canadian exploration and mining companies had mining assets in over 100 countries, worth $163.9 billion in 2016
- In 2017, mineral exploration expenditures in Canada increased 29.6% to 2.1 billion, compared with $1.6 billion in 2016