in British Columbia|
The province of British Columbia lies within part of
the Canadian Cordillera, a mountain belt rich in minerals and coal. British Columbia’s
mining industry is internationally recognized for its proficiency in mineral exploration
and mine development, and is an important producer and exporter of copper, gold,
silver, lead, zinc, molybdenum, coal and industrial minerals.
During 2009, the value of mineral production in British Columbia was $5.7 billion.
Coal, which is mined in the northeastern and southeastern regions of BC, was valued
at $3.3 billion.
Copper, which is mined in the BC interior and on Vancouver Island, had the highest
shipment value followed by gold and silver.
Production—2009 (preliminary estimate)|
Non Metals|| |
Solid Minerals|| |
Natural Resources Canada, Mineral Production|
and Gas Exploration in British Columbia
32,400 kilometres of gas-gathering and transmission lines are provincially regulated.
Gas is processed at 47 plants and central dehydrators in northeast British Columbia,
many of which recover sulphur and liquid by-products.
and Gas - 2009 (preliminary)|
Ministry of Energy Mines, and Petroleum Resources
on mining in British Columbia and what impact it has on the BC economy|
2001, a total of 12 metal and coal mines have opened or reopened in B.C.|
forecast of solid mineral production is $5.7 billion in 2009 and is dominated
by coal and copper, which account for 72 per cent of the total value.|
expenditures were nearly $154 million in 2009, the sixth highest level in 20 years.|
are 24 mine development projects under B.C. environmental review and seven in
the mines act permit process.|
number of significant exploration projects in the province in 2009 was 88 - 75
metallic, six coal and seven industrial mineral.|
number of exploration projects with budgets in excess of $1 million was 98 in
2008, carried out by 770 publicly listed B.C. companies.|
per cent of Canadian exploration companies are based in B.C., raising $2.9 billion
in equity capital (about 40 per cent of the total equity capital for Canadian-listed
exploration companies.) |
are more than 30 industrial minerals mines and hundreds of sand and gravel quarries
providing employment to B.C. workers. B.C. has nine coal mines and eight metal
mines in operation. |
mines opened or re-opened in the last five years.|
economy employs 28,000 people in the mining and minerals sectors in more than
50 B.C. communities: about 14,000 directly and several thousand additional jobs
in the service sector that rely on exploration and the mining industry.|
British Columbian requires an average of 12 tonnes of aggregate per capita per
year for housing, roads, schools, shopping centres, hospitals and libraries.|