Mining Facts and Figures

Did You Know? Canada is one of the largest mining nations in the world, producing more than 60 different minerals and metals.

The mining industry is a vital contributor to Canada's economic prosperity. Read on to more interesting facts about mining…

  • The overall value of production of the Canadian mining, mineral-processing, and metal producing industries totals approximately $42 billion per year
  • Canada is one of the largest mining nations in the world, producing more than 60 minerals and metals
  • Mining opened many Canadian Frontiers including: Glace Bay, Rouyn-Noranda, Val d'Or, Sept-Iles, Labrador City, Timmins, Sudbury, Fort McMurray
  • More than 115 communities across Canada depend on the minerals industry
  • Over the past five years, the minerals and metals sector contribution to Canadian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has averaged nearly 5%
  • Canada ranks first in the world for the production of potash and uranium, and ranks in the top five for the production of nickel, cobalt, titanium concentrate, aluminum, magnesium and platinum group metals, gypsum, asbestos, cadmium, zinc, salt, molybdenum, and diamonds
  • Canada is the world's third-largest producer of diamonds, accounting for 10% of the world's supply by weight and 14% of the global market by value
  • Mining product shipments represent approximately 55% of Canada's rail freight revenues and 60 to 75% of Canadian port tonnage
  • The Canadian mining industry contributes more than $8 billion a year in taxes to federal and provincial/territorial governments
  • The Canadian mining industry employed 363,000 in 2007. This includes 51,000 workers in mineral extraction, 79,000 in primary metal manufacturing, 55,000 in non-metallic mineral product manufacturing, and 179,000 in fabricated metal product manufacturing.
  • The mining industry accounts for approximately 1 in every 46 Canadian jobs. In the goods producing sector, mining accounts for one in every ten jobs.