Action Plan Annexes

Annex B: Economic Development and Competitiveness

Tax and financial incentives

  • Mining Incentive Program (N.W.T.)
  • Making the B.C. Mining Flow-Through Share Income Tax Credit and the Mining Exploration Tax Credit permanent, and extending the New Mine Allowance (B.C.)
  • The Targeted Mineral Exploration Incentive and extending the provincial Mineral Exploration Tax Credit (METC) (Sask.)
  • Junior Mining Assistance Program and Prospector Assistance Program (Nvt., N.B., N.L.)
  • Mineral Resources Development Fund (N.S.)
  • Reviewing current mining tax regime and fee structures (N.L.)
  • Extending the federal METC by five years (Can.)


  • Improving the development assessment process (Y.T.):
    • Conducted through the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act Oversight Group, which consists of First Nations, Government of Yukon and federal government representatives.
  • Increasing support for regulatory excellence (B.C.)
  • Reduced red tape and modernized regulatory and policy framework (Man.)
  • Mineral Economic Development Fund (Man.):
    • The Government of Manitoba provided $20 million to help jump-start mineral and economic development initiatives in the North and throughout the province.
  • Rights Coordination Office (Que.):
    • Established and announced in November 2019; the Rights Coordination Office will provide better government coordination and management of administrative timelines for issuing rights (permits and authorizations) without compromising regulatory requirements.
  • Modernizing the Mineral Act and Mining Act (N.L.)
  • Harmonized and modernized regulations for regulatory cooperation priorities (Can.):
    • Budget 2019 proposes $3.1 million per year in ongoing funding to the Treasury Board Secretariat, starting in 2020-21, to support its leadership of the federal government's regulatory cooperation priorities at home and abroad.
  • Implementation of the Impact Assessment Act (Can.):
    • This Act came into force on August 28, 2019, and sets out that federal impact assessment process for projects that will go through a single, integrated review process.
  • Climate-related Financial Disclosures to provide more information for investors, communities and stakeholders (Can.):
    • Budget 2019 outlined Canada's commitments to sustainable financing. Many Canadian companies and federal Crown corporations are now taking steps to implement the recommendations of the Financial Stability Board's Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The Government supports the TCFD's voluntary international disclosure standards and a phased approach to adopting them by major Canadian companies, as appropriate.
    • In September 2018, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada announced a funding agreement of $1.45 million over two years to help Canadian business leaders recognize and anticipate the emerging financial impacts of climate change and to help their organizations better respond to the increasing demand for enhanced climate-related disclosure.


  • Yukon Resource Gateway Project (Y.T.):
    • Contribute to new road infrastructure and upgrades in two key areas of high mineral potential and active mining in Yukon.
  • Yukon Mining Alliance (Y.T.):
    • To promote Yukon as a destination for mineral project investment.
  • Invest Canada North forum (Can., Y.T., N.W.T., Nvt.):
    • The federal government contributed $500,000 over three years to a campaign to promote the mineral potential of Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut for global investors at the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Convention. The governments of Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut are supporting the project, along with the Yukon Mining Alliance and N.W.T. & Nunavut Chamber of Mines.
  • The Look North campaign (Man.)
  • Program for multi-resource roads in the mining sector from the Société du Plan Nord (Que.):
    • Financial support (up to $10 million annually for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021) to help mining activities taking place on the areas covered by the Plan Nord by reducing the cost of roadwork to provide better access to new mining deposits
  • All-season road that connects western Nvt. and a mineral rich area in N.W.T. (Can., N.W.T):
    • In August 2019, the federal and Northwest Territories governments announced $40 million in funding toward pre-construction work on an all-season road that would connect Western Nunavut and an area in the Northwest Territories believed to be rich in minerals.
  • Investing in Canada Plan (Can.):
    • Announced in Budget 2016 and expanded in Budget 2017, this Plan provides a single, consolidated strategic framework to guide the delivery of all federal infrastructure-funding programs. This includes investments for:
      • A project to provide hydroelectricity to a mining operation in Western Labrador: $6.8 million for a 27-kilometre transmission line from Nalcor Energy's existing Menihek Hydroelectric Generating Station transmission line to the Tata Steel Minerals Canada processing site.
      • The Taltson Hydroelectric Project in N.W.T.: Budget 2019 proposes to provide a further $18 million over three years, starting in 2019-20, to support planning by the Government of Northwest Territories for the proposed Taltson Hydroelectricity Expansion Project.
  • Mining Association of Canada's (MAC) research on the infrastructure deficit in remote and northern regions (Assoc.):
    • Based on MAC's Levelling the Playing Field report

Mineral Processing and Transformation

  • Review of critical and strategic minerals (Que.):
    • As part of an exercise on the role of Quebec in the development of critical minerals, a consultation was carried out from November 19, 2019 to February 7, 2020.
  • The Canada–U.S. Joint Action Plan on Critical Minerals Collaboration (Can.)
  • Study on Canada's base metals smelting and refining in Canada (Can.)


  • Independent Geoscience Technical Advisory Committee (N.L.)
  • Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC) Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop for emerging geoscientists (Assoc.):
    • PDAC provides a unique opportunity for geoscience students in Canada to put their education into practice before entering the workforce. This intense two-week workshop includes field trips, mine tours, mapping exercises and lectures introducing students to a range of careers in the exploration industry.
  • PDAC's e3 Plus: A Framework For Responsible Exploration (Assoc.):
    • An online information resource to help companies exploring for minerals improve their social, environmental, and health and safety performance. e3 Plus helps PDAC members in their efforts to improve performance and secure community and project support.


  • Mining the Future 2030 mineral strategy (N.L.)
  • Extending the Polar Continental Shelf Program (Can.):
    • To advance scientific knowledge and sustainable management of lands and natural resources in the North.
  • In-depth diagnostic and forward-looking analysis on Canada's minerals and metals sector (Can.)
  • Task Force on the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan and Critical Minerals with members from the Mining Association of Canada (Assoc., Can.)
  • PDAC Convention (Assoc.):
    • The world's premier mineral exploration and mining convention for people, companies and organizations to connect. With over 25,000 attendees from 132 countries, the annual PDAC Convention is the primary global venue promoting industry best practices, Canadian exploration and development investment opportunities and interaction between government, the mineral industry, and all stakeholders.

Annex C: Advancing the Participation of Indigenous Peoples

Meaningful Engagement

  • A mining memorandum of understanding with First Nations (Y.T.):
    • The Yukon government and Yukon First Nations are advancing recommendations from the MOU working group (e.g., established a working group on reclamation for placer and quartz exploration).
  • Mineral Development Strategy (Y.T.):
    • In September 2019, the Government of Yukon, together with Yukon First Nations established an independent panel and launched an engagement process to develop this Strategy.
  • Collaboration with Yukon First Nations on procurement policy (Y.T.):
    • To provide opportunities for First Nation businesses to benefit from government procurement opportunities.
  • Community Engagement Support Program (Nvt.)
  • Manitoba-First Nations Mineral Development Protocol (Man.)
  • Native Community Consultation Policy Specific to the Mining Sector (Que.)
    • Published in October 2019, this Policy is consistent with the Government of Quebec's obligations regarding Aboriginal consultation. It also reflects Québec's desire to be open and transparent with Aboriginal communities in the development of mineral resources.
  • A mining consultation table and a consultation matrix with the Mi'kmaq (Kwilmu'kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office) (N.S.)
  • Capacity to conduct meaningful consultations with Indigenous economic participation in natural resource sectors (Can.):
    • Budget 2019 announced $12.8 million in 2019-20 to maintain Natural Resource's Canada's (NRCan) capacity to conduct meaningful consultations with Indigenous communities on major energy projects and to support Indigenous economic participation in the natural resource sectors.
  • MAC's Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Indigenous and Community Relationships Protocol (Assoc.):
    • The significantly revised Protocol, adopted by MAC members in November 2019, seeks to confirm that mining facilities are actively building meaningful relationships and implementing engagement and decision-making processes with Indigenous communities with an objective of achieving their free, prior and informed consent, as well as working with all communities to mitigate risks and optimize benefits from mining. Facilities will begin introducing this new protocol in 2020, with the first public reporting to take place in 2022.
  • Mining Industry Human Resources Council's (MiHR) Mining Essentials Program, including for Indigenous youth (Assoc.):
    • This Program delivers essential and work-readiness skills to over 100 Indigenous youth in six to 10 Indigenous communities
  • Industry-led skills development standard and training program addressing recommendations in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report (Assoc.):
    • This Program seeks to address issues around the history of Indigenous peoples, Indigenous rights, intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights and anti-racism in the workplace.

Economic Benefits

  • Socio-economic agreements (N.W.T.)
  • The Nunavummi Nangminiqaqtunik Ikajuuti Inuit Firm Registry (Nvt.)
  • Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation (Alta.):
    • Up to $1 billion in loan guarantees through a newly established provincial Crown corporation, and potentially other tools, to support Indigenous community investment in medium- to large-scale natural resource projects, including mining.
  • Northern Procurement Provisions Within Surface Lease Agreements in Northern Saskatchewan (Sask.)
  • Promotional opportunities through the Business Development Office of the Société du Plan Nord (Que.)
  • Futurpreneur Canada funding to support Indigenous entrepreneurs (Can.): 
    • Budget 2019 announced $38 million over five years for Futurpreneur Canada, a national, non-profit organization providing resources, financing and mentoring to aspiring business owners aged 18-39, for targeted support for Indigenous entrepreneurs.
  • Development of a new national benefits-sharing framework for major resource projects on Indigenous territory (Can.)

Capacity Building

  • Regional Indigenous mineral development strategies (N.W.T.)
  • Work Readiness Training Program (Nvt.)
  • Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation (Alta.) :
    • The Government of Alberta committed $24 million in funding to the AIOC, to be dispersed over four years, with the majority to be used for capacity development support to Indigenous communities seeking to invest in medium- to large-scale natural resource projects, including mining.
  • Partnership with Northlands College and University of Saskatchewan for Geology students to complete their first year in Northern Saskatchewan (Sask.)
  • Programme d'aide aux fonds miniers autochtones (Qc) :
    • Annual financial assistance to Indigenous exploration (up to $350,000 per fund) to encourage the participation of Indigenous communities in developing the mineral potential of new exploration sites.
  • Customized mining training programs for Indigenous candidates at N.B. Community Colleague (N.B.)
  • Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business (Can.):
    • A tool to address the underrepresentation of Indigenous business in federal procurement processes.
  • Community Opportunity Readiness Program (Can.):
    • Budget 2019 provided $15.8 million per year ongoing for First Nation and Inuit Communities for a range of activities to support communities' pursuit of economic opportunities (e.g., expand existing Indigenous-led businesses, launch new Indigenous-led start-ups).
  • Skills and Partnership Fund (Can.):
    • A demand-driven, partnership-based program that funds projects that contribute to the skills development and training-to-employment of Indigenous workers towards long-term, meaningful employment. 
  • Indigenous gender-based analysis (Can.)
  • A First Nations Centre of Excellence in mining with Waubetek Business Development Corp (Can):
    • In January 2019, the federal government announced $1.1 million to Waubetek Business Development Corp. to establish a Centre of Excellence for Indigenous Mineral Development. The project will help engage Indigenous Peoples in the mines and minerals industry in Northern Ontario, creating new employment and business opportunities. It will also assist mining companies to address critical gaps in mining-related occupations.
  • A Mineral Sector Certification to train Aboriginal Economic Development Officers in partnership with the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) (Can.):
    • NRCan provided a $20,000 grant to CANDO to develop and test a Mineral Sector Certification program to complement its two-year Technical Aboriginal Economic Developer program, which is used to train Aboriginal Economic Development Officers for their work in Indigenous communities across Canada.
  • MiHR's work with Employment and Skills Development Canada's on the Student Work Placement Program (Assoc., Can.):
    • To develop timely and relevant industry-based Labour Market Information, National Occupational Standards and training programs to help align the supply and demand of workers.
  • MiHR's work with Employment and Skills Development Canada's on the Sectoral Initiatives Program (Assoc., Can.):
    • To create 350 new work-integrated learning (co-op) opportunities for post-secondary students in mining-related programs in 2020.
  • PDAC's Capacity-Building Funding Tool for Indigenous communities (Assoc.)
    • A comprehensive catalogue of all available federal, provincial, and territorial government capacity-building support programs that can facilitate Indigenous engagement with the mineral development sector, and to contribute to active participation in related activities.

Annex D: Environment

Reclaiming Mine Sites and Climate Change Adaptation

  • Assessment and reclamation of mines (All governments)
  • Allow companies to release land back to Crown through the Institutional Control Program (Sask.)
  • Agreements to clean up abandoned sites in Northern Quebec (Que.):
    • Agreement concerning the cleanup of abandoned mineral exploration sites on the Eeyou Istchee James Bay Territory (up to $11 million until October 2029)
    • Agreement concerning the cleanup in Nunavik of abandoned mineral exploration sites classified as "major" (up to $4.1 million until March 2022)
  • Dam Safety Program to address deficiencies at orphaned or abandoned mines sites (N.L.):
    • From 2016-2020, $2.4 million was provided
  • Create a Northern Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program (Can.):
    • Budget 2019 proposes $49.9 million over fifteen years to Crown- Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada to create this Program.
  • Remediate eight highest-risk abandoned mine sites in the Y.T. and the N.W.T. (Can.):
    • Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations re-announced the government's intention to spend $2.2 billion over 15 years on remediation of the eight highest-risk abandoned mine sites in Y.T and N.W.T.
  • Assess climate-change risks and review rehabilitation plans for orphaned and abandoned mines sites; identify how rehabilitation plans could integrate adaptation measures (Can.):
    • $184,000 in federal funding in partnership with MIRARCO to lay the groundwork to rehabilitate Canada's orphaned and abandoned mines.
    • $120,000 in federal funding in partnership with Wood Group to integrate climate change into the assessment of risks and liabilities associated with orphaned and abandoned mines sites in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • National climate change adaption guidance and sustainable financing standard, being developed by MAC with the financial industry and the Canadian Standard Association (Can., Assoc.):
    • In May 2019, NRCan announced an investment of more than $325,000 in MAC for a climate change adaptation project for the mining sector that will give mine operators the tools and knowledge to better plan for climate change in decision-making at all stages of mine life.
    • This builds on MAC's Principles for Climate Change Policy Design, which seeks to develop a national climate change adaptation guidance document and a sustainable financing standard in partnership with the Canadian financial industry and the Canadian Standards Association.
  • MAC's updated TSM Energy Use and GHG Emissions Management Protocol (Assoc.):
    • Included in the TSM Program, the TSM Energy Use and GHG Emissions Management Protocol is being updated to better reflect the intersection between energy consumption, GHG emissions, and social expectations for improved performance in this area.
  • MAC's Tailings Management Protocol and TSM Biodiversity Conservation Protocol (Assoc.)

Circular Economy

  • Clean Resources Innovation Network's "Low Emissions Value Added Products" (Alta.):
    • This initiative looks at transforming waste to valuable products, such as vanadium, lithium, titanium, etc.
  • Mining Value from Waste's Inventory of Mine Waste Products and Reprocessing Technologies (Can.)
  • Preliminary Canadian Resource Recovery Report Card and Gaps Assessment (Can.)
  • The World Circular Economy Forum hosted by Canada in fall 2020 (Can.)
  • MAC member (Teck Resources) using electric buses for employees and solar farms to power operations (Assoc.)

Alternative and Renewable Energy

  • R&D for a more energy efficient process to extract copper (Can., B.C.):
    • In July 2019, under the Clean Growth Program, NRCan announced $492,500 in funding for Vancouver's Jetti Services Canada Inc. for a mineral extraction research and development project that, when applied at a commercial scale, will help reduce emissions and water use while lowering costs for companies.
  • Expand Nunavik's first centre for producing and storing renewable energy (Can.):
    • In January 2019, NRCan announced a combined $4.2-million investment for two TUGLIQ Energy Corporation projects in Nunavut and Quebec. An investment of $283,000 will enable TUGLIQ to complete a front-end engineering and design study to integrate compressed air energy storage with its operations, enabling increased use of wind energy at a Nunavut mine. This will demonstrate that such a system can achieve significant reductions in diesel consumption. A second investment of $3.9 million in RAGLAN 2.0 will expand Nunavik's first renewable energy production and storage centre for 16 regional mining operations and Inuit communities in this Arctic region, as well as other mining operations abroad.
  • R&D for carbon neutral mining at Gahcho Kué Mine (Can.):
    • In July 2019, NRCan announces $2 million for the research project (at the Gahcho Kue diamond mine in Northwest Territories and a nickel mine in British Columbia) to accelerate the natural process that uses mine waste to trap greenhouse gases.
  • Reduce energy consumption and costs for mechanical compressors at Holloway Mine in Kirkland Lake (Can.):
    • In August 2019, under the Clean Growth Program, NRCan announced $2.1 million for a green mining project aimed at developing an alternative to the mechanical compressors currently used in underground mining. This is expected to reduce energy consumption and costs for compressed air by almost 40 percent.
  • Research on hydrogen technology adoption (Can.)
  • Achieve zero-footprint mining (Can.)

Small Modular Reactor (SMRs)

  • Commitment for nuclear research (N.B.):
    • In 2018, the Province of New Brunswick announced a commitment of $10 million towards nuclear research.
  • Memorandum of Understanding between N.B., Ont., and Sask. to collaborate on the development of SMRs (O.N., N.B., Sask.)
  • Studies exploring SMR deployment for natural resource sectors (Can., Ont., Sask.)
  • Conference presence and workshops to strengthen linkages between the mining and nuclear sector in collaboration with national and provincial mining associations (Can., Ont., Sask.)
  • Canadian Small Modular Reactor Roadmap (Industry, N.W.T., Nvt., Alta., Sask., N.B., Can.)
  • Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. support for the development and deployment of SMR technology at remote locations (Can.)

Climate Change Adaptation

  • Climate Change, Energy, and Green Economy Strategy (Y.T.)
    • A draft Strategy has been released for public engagement.
  • Guidance for assessing and managing climate change risks throughout the mine lifecycle in northern climate (Y.T., Can.)

Annex E: Science, Technology and Innovation

Canada's Innovation Ecosystem

  • The Centre for Northern Innovation and Mining (Y.T.)
  • Mining Innovation Roadmap (B.C.)
  • Joint academic/industry research for innovation for sustainable mineral development (Que.):
    • Announced in June 2019, funding of $20 million for the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies (FRQNT) for the renewal of its Partnership Research Program on Sustainable Development in the Mining Sector.
  • Mining Research and Innovation Support Program (Que.):
    • Announced in June 2019, Quebec renewed this program with $3.6 million over three years to help support mineral development activities in Quebec, while promoting innovative initiatives that reduce the footprint of mining-related activities and increase their social acceptability.
  • $10-million Crush It! Challenge; $4.5-million Charging the Future Challenge (Can.)
  • Investments in Canada's first all battery electric underground mine at Borden Mine (Can.):
    • In October 2018, NRCan announced $5 million to help position Newmont's Borden Mine as a mine of the future—producing ore in a more environmentally sustainable way. This includes replacing all diesel mobile equipment with battery electric vehicle, making it Canada's first all-battery electric underground mine.
  • Centre for Regulatory Innovation (Can.):
    • The 2018 Fall Economic Statement announced $11.4 million over 5 years and $3.2 million ongoing to support a Centre for Regulatory Innovation to speed up the integration, adoption and commercialization of new approaches and emerging technologies.
  • The Government-Industry Mining Innovation Steering Committee (Can.):
    • Starting in December 2018, NRCan engaged a group of senior industry leaders to evaluate potential avenues to address Canada's mining innovation ecosystem. This Committee's work culminated in a workshop on October 4, 2019, with over 60 key stakeholders and other government departments at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, in Waterloo, Ontario. The workshop focused on actions that could be taken for an improved, re-imagined mining innovation ecosystem.  There is an opportunity to continue this dialogue and leverage the success of recent programs, such as the Clean Growth Program and the Crush It! Mining Challenge.

Adopting technology and innovative practices

  • Project that digitizes provincial core samples to new advanced data at College of the North Atlantic and Memorial University (N.L., Can.)
  • Test and validate more efficient mining operations at Royal Institution for Advancement of Learning at McGill University (Can.):
    • In August 2019, under the Clean Growth Program, NRCan announced over $1.5 million to the Royal Institution for the Advancement of Learning at McGill University.
  • Support FVT Research to design, develop and test a battery-electric vehicle for underground mining activities (Can.):
    • In February 2020, under the Clean Growth Program, NRCan announced $2 million for FVT Research based in B.C., to convert one of the largest pieces of mining equipment from diesel to battery power
  • Support to the Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation & Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCO) to develop "Natural Heat Exchange Engineering Technology" to improve air delivery in deep underground mines (Can.):
    • In February 2020, under the Clean Growth Program, NRCan announced $1.5 million for the MIRARCO in Sudbury, Ontario, for the engineering of natural heat exchangers using fractured rocks
  • MiHR's research on the impact of new technology and innovation on the mining labour market (Assoc.)

New Frontiers

  • A "Moon and asteroids: The next exploration and mining frontier" panel on the margins of the PDAC 2020 (Can.)
  • Co-host a Planetary and Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium with Deltion Innovations in June 2020 (Can.)
  • Develop national and international networks to further research, policy, science and innovation for mining at depth (Can.)

Mining Infrastructure Security and Resilience

  • The Minerals and Metals Sector Network (Can.):
    • A national forum for discussion to share strategic advance, exchange information and discuss security risks.
  • Canadian Resources Infrastructure Resilience Nexus (Can.):
    • A research, innovation and training facility to develop hands-on exercises and technology testing and research projects.
  • Share security information, analysis and advice with industry stakeholders (Can.)

Annex F: Communities

Human Resources

  • Support for Women in Mining (Y.T., Sask., Man.)
  • Mine Training Society partnership (N.W.T.)
  • Mines Training Strategy (Nvt.)
  • Mining Jobs Task Force (B.C.)
  • Customized mining training programs at New Brunswick Community College (N.B.)
  • Labrador Aboriginal Training Partnership (N.L., Can.)
  • MiHR's Gender Equity in Mining Works (Can., Assoc.)
  • MiHR's Mining Career Awareness Strategy (Can., Assoc.)
  • PDAC's Gender and Diversity Inclusion: A Guide for Explorers (Assoc.):
    • Released in 2019, this guide is for mining and exploration companies that are new to implementing efforts related to gender, diversity and inclusion. The Guide provides information and tools for to implement gender diversity and inclusion strategies and programs, and to cultivate more gender inclusive and diverse environments in those communities where they engage.

Mineral Literacy

  • Resources and Energy Development Information Program (N.W.T.)
  • Prospector training courses (Nvt., N.B., N.L.)
  • Hackathons on mining issues in partnership with MiHR and stakeholders to engage post-secondary students (Can.)
  • Educational campaigns including "Minerals of Mining," infographics with Visual Capitalist, expert interviews with, workshops for youth and teachers in remote communities with Mining Matters (Can.)
  • Study on community perceptions of mining-related activities in Canada (Can.)
  • Science North and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy  and Petroleum's "Our Earth's Riches," exhibit to showcase a high-tech industry and its contribution to society (Assoc.)
  • MAC's "Facts and Figures," "30 Things" and other publications to build mineral literacy (Assoc.)

Community Readiness

  • Ministerial Guidelines on Social Acceptability (Que.)

Annex G: Global Leadership

Increasing Minerals Trade and Investment

  • Invest Canada North forum (Can., Y.T., N.W.T., Nvt.):
    • The federal government contributed $500,000 over three years to a campaign to promote the mineral potential of Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut for global investors at the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Convention. The governments of Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut are supporting the project, along with the Yukon Mining Alliance and N.W.T. & Nunavut Chamber of Mines.
  • Alberta Export Expansion Program (Alta.):
    • This program provides funding to help export-ready companies and non-profit organizations enhance access to international markets and attract global buyers.
  • Invest in Canada's Foreign Direct Investment Interdepartmental Network (Can.)
  • CanExport Program to provide companies with support to reach international markets (Can.)
  • Trade Diversification Strategy to secure more opportunities for Canadian exporters and investors (Can.)
  • Investments in Canada's Trade Commissioner Service (Can.) 
    • The 2018 Fall Economic Statement announced $60 M over the next five years to introduce a refreshed digital presence, including new online tools for exporters, enhanced market intelligence, and tools to facilitate seamless client referrals between other federal and provincial partners.  

Supporting the success of the MSS Sector

  • Study on Canadian mining supply and services (Can.)
  • Dedicated resources to support Canadian clean technology solutions for mining (Can.)

Responsible Business Conduct

  • A Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (Can.)
  • PDAC's e3 Plus: A Framework For Responsible Exploration (Assoc.):
    • An online information resource to help companies exploring for minerals improve their social, environmental, and health and safety performance. e3 Plus helps PDAC members in their efforts to improve performance and secure community and project support.
  • MAC's TSM to help mining companies do business in a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable way (Assoc.):
    • TSM, launched in 2004, is a world recognized sustainability standard to build capacity within the global mining industry. TSM focuses on enabling mining companies to meet society's needs for minerals, metals and energy products in the most socially, economically and environmentally responsible way. Beyond Canada, six countries—Finland, Argentina, Botswana, the Philippines, Spain and Brazil —have adopted the program and Norway is also expected to do so. (Assoc.)
  • MiHR, Colleges and Institutes Canada and College Boreal's work with Pacific Alliance Education for Employment Program for sustainable development and skills for employment in the extractive sector (Assoc.):
    • Participating countries include Mexico, Chile, Peru and Columbia.


  • Memorandum of Understanding on the Sustainable Development of Natural Resources with Argentina (Can.):
    • Signed in 2018, this MOU includes cooperation on sustainable mineral resource governance; green technologies; strengthening industry competitiveness; sustainable community development; and consultation processes with Indigenous Peoples and/or local communities.
  • Memorandum of Understanding on the Sustainable Development of Natural Resources with Chile (Can.):
    • Signed in 2019, under this MOU, Canada aims to improve market access for mining supply and services companies and to help Canadian junior companies take advantage of emerging investment opportunities in Chile's mining sector.
  • Memorandum of Understanding on the Sustainable Development of Natural Resources with Mexico (Can.):
    • Signed in 2017, this MOU aims to promote cooperation on the governance of mineral resources; trade, investment, and market access; the exchange of geological information; corporate social responsibility and socio-environmental issues.
  • PDAC Convention  (Assoc.)
    • The world's premier mineral exploration and mining convention for people, companies and organizations to connect. With over 25,000 attendees from 132 countries, the annual PDAC Convention is the primary global venue promoting industry best practices, Canadian exploration and development investment opportunities and interaction between government, the mineral industry, and all stakeholders.