What we’ve heard about Canada’s mining future

The Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan is collecting input online and in person from outreach and engagement events. See where we’ve been and learn more about what people are saying on the future of mining in Canada

Where we’ve been

We are taking a national approach to discussing Canada’s mining future, visiting provinces and territories across the country over the next few months. See where we’ve been so far!

A map of Canada highlighting where the team representing the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan
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A map of Canada highlighting where the team representing the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan has been to chat with Canadians:

  • PDAC (Toronto)
  • Nunavut Mining Symposium (Iqaluit)
  • Sudbury
  • Minerals North BC (Houston)
  • CIM Convention (Vancouver)
  • Saskatoon
  • Ottawa

Talking to academics

Talking to industry

Talking to communities

To date, we’ve received 43 comments on the six themes of discussion surrounding the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan – we encourage you to read through them. Here is a quote from one of the participants:

We asked How can we close the “infrastructure gap” and support mineral development projects?

If public funds are used to support the mining industry, the industry will have to commit to utmost transparency, as recommended by the EITI, and revise its tax avoidance practices. The government has to tighten its tax rules and fight against tax evasion. Economic spinoffs have to exceed the costs invested by communities for greater sharing of the wealth generated by mining operations.

If the public trusts that these principles are respected, it will support the investment of public funds for the development of infrastructures.

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The results are in

We asked Canadians to test their knowledge about mining and to take our Mining in Canada survey How do your results match up?

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50 percent of people knew that there are more than 61 minerals and metals in an iPhone
One in three people knew that gold is Canada’s leading mineral by value of production

Survey says!

So far, over 170 Canadians participated in the survey, sharing their thoughts on what mining in Canada means to them. Learn more about how respondents answered. Here are the five key themes that emerged

Unlocking Canada’s Resource Potential
  • Many participants in the survey indicated that mining was an integral part of the Canadian economy, providing jobs to many Canadians (especially in Northern Canada) including Indigenous Canadians.
  • Many respondents mentioned that Canada’s highly skilled workforce significantly helps our competitive advantage globally.

ENVIRONMENT
  • Several participants mentioned that keeping a focus on sustainable mineral development is the key to unlocking Canada’s economic potential while keeping environmental protection in mind.
  • Many participants believe that environmental assessments need to be a priority to be addressed while some indicated that the challenging assessment process needs to be redesigned.
  • Several participants indicated that they wanted to see Canada move towards more renewable sources of energy

innovation
  • Many participants mentioned that they wanted to see increased support for research and development initiatives.
  • Some participants would rather see Investments in the development of secondary and tertiary processing sectors for minerals, rather than exporting raw materials.
  • Many respondents indicated that improving timely decisions on project approvals as well as engaging interested parties for input would greatly improve planning and oversight.

education
  • Several respondents would like to see an increase in public visibility of mining so that Canadians are aware that minerals and metals are necessary to maintain their way of life.
  • Respondents indicated the need for developing education and mentorship programs as well as additional support for public geoscience and engineering research.
  • More access and encouragement for youth to enter mining professions.

indigenous
  • Several participants indicated that the mining sector was a top employer of indigenous peoples and a major supporter of community involvement, notably in Indigenous businesses.
  • Some participants indicated that challenges around Indigenous land rights might impede the efficacy of mineral development.
  • Some participants want to see increased recognition of Indigenous decision-making, early engagement of Indigenous communities, and provide capacity support for communities to engage at all stages of a mine's life.
  • Many participants want to see more done around resource revenue sharing with Indigenous communities.

Engagement talks with communities, academics, and industry will continue in the following months. Keep the conversation going by sharing what you think!