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  • Mining Explorers 2016: B.C. mining proves resilient

    Min. Bill Bennett, Special to Mining News|Updated Feb 3, 2018

    British Columbia is internationally recognized as a center of expertise in mineral exploration and mining, and is home to the world's largest concentration of professional geoscientists – hosting more than 700 mineral exploration and mine development companies. But it's no secret that the past few years have been tough for the mineral exploration and mining industry, not only in B.C. or Canada, but across the world. The recent global downturn has put operations at a number o...

  • Mining Explorers 2015: Mining plays key role in British Columbia

    Min. Bill Bennett, Special to Mining News|Updated Jan 26, 2018

    Northern British Columbia accounts for two-thirds of the province's landmass and plays an important role in our provincial economy. In 2014, an estimated $338 million was spent on mining exploration projects across B. C.; nearly half of which took place in northern B. C. Proposed mine developments in northern B. C. have the potential to create billions of dollars in capital investment as well as thousands of family-sustaining jobs throughout B. C., adding to the more than 30,000 people currently employed in mining, mineral...

  • Mining Explorers 2014: B.C. invests in thriving mining sector

    Min. Bill Bennett, Special to Mining Explorers|Updated Nov 2, 2014

    The mining industry has built and sustained communities in British Columbia for more than 150 years and today B.C. is considered a global leader in mining and mineral production. Mining contributes nearly C$7 billion to B.C.'s economy and supports jobs for more than 30,000 people. Well over C$470 million was spent on mineral exploration in 2013, and British Columbia now accounts for almost 20 percent of the total exploration in Canada. Since 2011, five new major mines have opened in B.C.: Copper Mountain near Princeton, New...

  • Mining Explorers 2013: B.C. targets exploration, mining goals

    Min. Bill Bennett, Special to Mining News|Updated Nov 3, 2013

    The mining industry is worth $8.3 billion to B.C.'s economy and supports thousands of well-paying, secure jobs for families in communities throughout our province. Mining builds communities. All across British Columbia, you will find communities sustained by mining projects. Today, the average salary in the mining industry is more than C$100,000, which provides stability and opportunity to thousands of families. Mining also employs more First Nations people than any other industry in Canada. Training partnerships are...