Mining in British Columbia

As an important global exporter of the metals and minerals required for technology, innovation, and society’s transition to a lower carbon future, British Columbia (B.C.) continues to grow in environmentally sustainable and socially responsible ways to meet international demand.

First Nations governments, industries, and communities throughout the province are working together to support innovative and responsible mineral exploration to bring value to the mining sector.

Sector Profile


The mining sector of British Columbia is rich with raw materials as well as global opportunities.

  • Global presence – More than 700 mining and mineral firms choose British Columbia as their base of global operations. B.C. is home to the world’s largest concentration of exploration companies and mining professionals.
  • More ore – Mines in British Columbia leverage efficient supply chains and superior transportation linkages to produce precious metals and raw materials required for the global market; from aluminum, zinc, gold, silver, copper, gypsum, limestone, and molybdenum to name a few.
  • Deep opportunities – There are approximately 30 industrial mining operations and over 1,000 aggregate mine operations active in B.C., with multiple proposed mines setting up throughout the province.
  • Secondary services – B.C. is one of Canada’s first provinces to enact mine reclamation legislation, creating new business opportunities to help mine operations return land to a safe and environmentally sound state.

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