Mining Builds Communities.
Economic benefits from mining operations extend far beyond mine sites and the communities that surround them. In fact, many companies in many B.C. communities benefit from a single mining operation. Copper Mountain Mine near Princeton had a feasibility study prepared by an engineering firm in Vancouver, conveyor systems supplied by a company in Surrey, belting from a firm in Burnaby, explosives from a company in Williams Lake, fuel and steel balls from companies in Kamloops and haul truck tires from a company with a head office in Vernon. The One Province, One Economy study commissioned by MSABC and MABC found that in 2018, B.C.’s 17 mines and 2 smelters spent $2.9 billion purchasing materials, goods and services from more than 3,700 businesses located in 215 B.C. municipalities, communities or Indigenous nations.
In 2013 MSABC and MABC worked with Visual Capitalist to produce a Mining Builds Communities infographic to showcase the different companies needed to support a mining operation in the production and transportation of mining products, from pit to port.
For additional information on careers in the mineral exploration and mining industries, the Centre of Training Excellence in Mining has produced the B.C. Career Pathways Guidebook: Mining Careers. The Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) has also produced a career guidebook entitled Discover your role in Canada’s Minerals and Metals Sector. For students, MineralsEd has a variety products to access, including I am a Mining Engineer.