British Columbia, Canada offers world-class mining expertise, equipment and services to support successful mining operations. Learn about importing Canadian coal, gold, silver, industrial minerals and construction aggregates from British Columbia.

Services and Commodities


British Columbia is home to the largest concentration of exploration companies and geoscience professionals in the world. In Vancouver alone, there are more than 400 service suppliers to the mining industry. British Columbia’s service company expertise is accessed by exploration, development, and production companies worldwide.

These are just some of the services we offer:

Mine Operations

  • Engineering – site development; blast design, implementation, and monitoring; road construction; piping and equipment installation.
  • Power and communications – underground utilities; lighting, fire suppression, and hydraulic services; communications and monitoring systems.
  • Construction / maintenance services – site preparation; construction; drilling; blasting.
  • Heavy equipment – including excavators; equipment for loading, crushing, screening, washing, and transport; equipment repair and parts.
  • Environmental services – environmental assessments; environmental protection and rehabilitation; support in dealing with environmental authorities and protecting traditional culture.

Exploration and Development

  • Geological and geotechnical services – surveying, mapping, sampling, and feasibility studies.
  • Remote site services – construction camps and catering.
  • Equipment and supply – new and used equipment and supplies for camps; databases; maps.
  • Legal and consulting – local and international expertise, including Asian law.
  • Financial services – local and international expertise, including Asian transactions; robust venture capital market.

Processing and Handling

  • Materials handling – vehicles and equipment to safely convey materials.
  • Production machinery – new and used; repair and parts.
  • Process management – consulting and analysis to ensure the most efficient processes are in place; fleet management systems to record equipment activity and maximize production.
  • Distribution systems – electrical distribution equipment and servicing


British Columbia is rich in a variety of resources. British Columbia’s 850 mineral exploration and development companies – including two of the world’s largest – have coal, copper, molybdenum, gold, silver, nickel, zinc, and many other metals, industrial minerals, and construction aggregates for purchase.

Learn more about the products we offer:  

Key Advantages

Wide variety of resources
British Columbia is rich in metals, coal, industrial minerals, and construction aggregates.

Internationally recognized expertise
With 150 years of solid mining history, British Columbia is internationally recognized as a centre of expertise in mining, metallurgy, environmental engineering, mine safety, and geoscience. Our educational institutions continue to produce the cutting-edge research and skilled workers to build on that reputation.

World-class services
Our service suppliers offer world-class expertise in the full range of mining-related areas.

Efficient supply channels
British Columbia has efficient supply chains and superior transportation links. These include three transcontinental Class 1 railways with double-stack capability and the shortest sea route between North America and Asia.

Watch this short video on British Columbia’s Mining advantages.


Sector Snapshot

  • Vancouver is home to the highest concentration of exploration and mining professionals in the world.
  • Thirty-five countries around the world have adapted our mineral exploration code.
  • Sixty per cent of Canadian exploration companies are based in British Columbia.
  • Sixty-nine per cent of companies based here and listed on the TSX and TSX-V stock exchanges are involved in the mineral exploration and mining sector.
  • There are more than 26,200 people working in British Columbia’s mining industry, in more than 50 communities across the province.
  • Companies spent $463 million on exploration projects in British Columbia in 2011. That’s up from $322 million in 2010 and $154 million in 2009.
  • The mining industry in British Columbia had gross revenues of $9.9 billion in 2011, and paid salaries and benefits averaging $115,700.
  • British Columbia has world-class geological databases that catalogue a growing inventory of more than 13,000 mineral occurrences.
  • There are more than 1,200 exploration and active mining sites operating around the province.
  • More than 50 metal, coal, and industrial mineral mines are in production, and eight new mines and nine mine expansions are anticipated by 2015.
  • British Columbia is Canada's largest – and the world’s third-largest – exporter of coal.
  • We are the largest producer of copper in Canada.
  • We are Canada’s only producer of molybdenum – and one of the top-10 producers globally.

Success Stories

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