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

Services and Commodities


The province is home to the world’s largest concentration of exploration companies and mining professionals. More than 700 mining and mineral firms choose Vancouver as their base of global operations. British Columbia’s service company expertise is accessed by exploration, development and production companies worldwide.

These are just some of the services offered in British Columbia:

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 700+ mineral exploration and development companies – including some of the world’s largest– have coal, copper, molybdenum, gold, silver, zinc and many other metals, industrial minerals and construction aggregates for purchase. 

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Key Advantages

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

Internationally recognized expertise
With over 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 companies in the world.
  • British Columbia’s world-leading Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines has been adapted for use by several other jurisdictions.
  • In 2017, there were 219 exploration projects in British Columbia, representing the work of 175 mineral and coal exploration companies and 20 individual prospectors.
  • British Columbia’s favorable geology, good infrastructure and stable and attractive policy environment held a 2 per cent share of global exploration spending in 2017 and 14 per cent of Canada’s spending.
  • Capital investment increased 30.8 per cent in British Columbia in 2016 as development projects moved toward production and existing operations increased investments.
  • In 2017, mineral exploration spending in British Columbia grew by 20 per cent to $246 million.
  • More than one in three mining sector companies listed on the TSX/TSX-V exchanges in 2017 were based in British Columbia.
  • More than 30,000 people worked in British Columbia’s mineral exploration and mining sector in 2016.
  • The mining industry in British Columbia had gross revenues of $8.7 billion in 2016, and paid salaries and benefits averaging $112,500.
  • British Columbia has world-class geological databases that catalogue a growing inventory of more than 14,000 mineral occurrences.
  • Currently 16 metal and coal mines are in production and over 1,000 significant industrial mineral and aggregate operations are found throughout the province.
  • British Columbia is Canada's largest exporter of coal.
  • We are the leading producer of copper in Canada.
  • We are Canada’s only producer of molybdenum.

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