BC’s mining strategy – called Seizing global demand: British Columbia’s mineral exploration and mining strategy – supports six overarching goals to strengthen our province’s mining sector:
- Enhancing BC’s competitive edge;
- Streamlining regulatory processes;
- Ensuring the health and safety of BC’s workers;
- Protecting the environment;
- Building partnerships with First Nations; and
- Developing a skilled workforce.
Under the strategy, BC will create eight new mines and expand nine existing mines by 2015, resulting in an estimated $1.6 billion increase in annual revenue. This expansion is also expected to create more than 10,000 job openings by 2020. (The mining sector currently employs about 29,000 people, mostly in rural British Columbia.)
The strategy reflects government’s commitment to developing mines in an environmentally, socially and economically responsible manner.
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Mining Career Profile
Dawson Creek Mine Manager Darren literally worked himself out of a hole in the ground. He started out as an entry level, below ground labourer. Mining has taken Darren back to school, around the globe and introduced him to his wife. As Manager, Darren is responsible for all aspects of the mines’ operations – from extraction to health and safety.
Mining is one of BC’s cornerstone natural resource industries and has history in many areas of the province. Many of the largest BC Jobs Plan announcements have been in Mining – with new projects announced in the Northeast, North Coast and Cariboo. Mining doesn’t just create jobs in the mine itself, either. Many service and support sectors of the Mining Industry also benefit as do whole towns and regions.