The federal government needs to lead on researching this issue. Just how much will automation and advanced technology actually effect the workforce and when will this occur? Australia already has driver-less trucks at some of their mine sites, has this impacted their workforce? If they're ahead of the game we need to watch them closely to be prepared, so we're not left with many skilled workers looking for jobs.
On the flip side, new technologies present new opportunities. If Canada can lead on the development of new technology in the mining sector and become a global leader this will create diverse jobs and new avenues.