Explore Careers in Mining

Canada is a global leader in mining. Find out what it’s like to work in Canada’s mining industry and where you fit in.

Mining in Canada

Canada's mining industry has come a long way since coal was first discovered on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, nearly 350 years ago. Now, there are approximately 800 mining operations in Canada. The mining industry is woven into the history and fabric of our country – many communities such as Glace Bay, Rouyn-Noranda, Val d'Or, Sept-Iles, Labrador City, Timmins, Sudbury and Fort McMurray can trace their roots back to mining and exploration activities.


One of the largest mining nations in the world, Canada produces more than 60 minerals and metals. The mining industry is a major player in the Canadian economy and generates nearly 5% of the country's Gross Domestic Product. Mining in Canada also accounts for 19% of the country's total exports.

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Mining in Action

Take a look at this video to see how exciting and dynamic mining can be.

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