About MiHR

The Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) is an independent, non-profit organization that leads collaboration among mining and exploration companies, organized labour, contractors, educational institutions, industry associations and Indigenous groups to identify and address the human resource and labour market challenges facing the Canadian minerals and metals sector.

Strategic Plan 2019-2024

In 2018, MiHR’s Board of Directors and staff undertook an extensive exercise to update and implement the Council’s strategic plan. Our team held stakeholder consultations, Board planning sessions, and performed a detailed review of Canadian mining labour market challenges and completed internal and external assessments.

We would like to thank all those who inputted into the conversation and helped chart the course forward for the Council. We extend a special thank you to our Board of Directors for their leadership throughout this process, and to our staff for their continued support and dedication.

Joint Message from MiHR's Board Chair and Executive Director

On behalf of MiHR, its Board of Directors and staff, we are delighted to share our new Strategic Plan for 2019-2024.

A renewed vision, mission, strategic priorities and values will guide MiHR over the next five years as it continues to lead collaboration across Canada’s mining sector to understand labour market trends, identify opportunities, and develop solutions.

Mining is accessing deeper, narrower and more complex deposits. Adoption of new, more sophisticated and innovative technologies is increasing demand for workers with specialized science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. Coupled with modest anticipated employment growth and increased retirements, Canada’s mining industry is expected to need to hire approximately 100,000 workers over the next 10 years.

Our new strategic plan places increased focus on collaborative engagement with industry as we develop and implement programs to address these and other labour market challenges. We will increase awareness of mining careers, identify and address skills gaps, deliver essential and work-readiness skills to Indigenous people, provide more work-integrated learning opportunities, increase inclusion and diversity and promote recognition of skills and training across the sector.

MiHR is the only source of industry driven, made in Canada human resource solutions specific to the minerals and metals sector. Our new strategic plan will ensure that we continue to lead development of programs that serve the mining sector and help strengthen the Canadian mining workforce.

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Dean Winsor
Chair, Board of Directors, MiHR
Vice President, Human Resources, Teck Resources

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Ryan Montpellier
Executive Director, MiHR

Our Mission

To lead collaboration across the Canadian mining sector to understand labour market trends, identify opportunities, and develop solutions.

Our Vision

An inclusive, skilled and sustainable Canadian mining workforce that anticipates and adapts to volatility and innovation.

Our Values

  • COLLABORATION
  • ENGAGEMENT
  • INCLUSION
  • EFFICIENCY
  • RESPECT
  • INTEGRITY
  • KNOWLEDGE

Our Strategic Priorities

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As the national organization that leads collaboration across the Canadian mining sector to understand labour market trends, identify opportunities, and develop solutions, MiHR will:

  • Increase understanding of HR issues, workforce supply and demand and critical gaps by region and occupations.
  • Improve the long-term approach to HR management, decision making and workforce planning.
  • Develop and implement proactive strategies to address an evolving labour market.
  • Increase recognition and visibility of MiHR as a key LMI research expert for the Canadian mining sector.

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As the national organization that leads collaboration across the Canadian mining sector to understand labour market trends, identify opportunities, and develop solutions, MiHR will:

  • Increase industry’s ability to attract employees from diverse groups.
  • Increase industry’s action to develop and implement inclusion strategies to support retention of diverse employee groups.
  • Increased awareness, interest and improved perception of careers in mining.
  • Improved link/connections between career seekers, education and industry.

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As the national organization that leads collaboration across the Canadian mining sector to understand labour market trends, identify opportunities, and develop solutions, MiHR will increase:

  • The common understanding of the current and relevant knowledge, skills and abilities of select mining occupations.
  • Recognition of MiHR’s NOS across all PT governments and mining stakeholders.
  • Alignment of training to the skills requirements of the mining industry.
  • Recognition of MiHR’s national training standards and their value in aligning training to NOS.
  • The pool of workers trained to the NOS.
  • Access to certification for mine workers in all of MiHR’s NOS occupations.
  • The pool of workers with nationally recognized skills.
  • The employability and transition of workers in select mining occupations.

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As the national organization that leads collaboration across the Canadian mining sector to understand labour market trends, identify opportunities, and develop solutions, MiHR will:

  • Increase cooperation and collaboration among industry stakeholders.
  • Increase knowledge of, and improved ability to address, industry HR trends.
  • Improve stakeholder engagement.
  • Address sector needs through efficient and representative programming.


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