Optimism returns to B.C.’s mining sector as revenues rise

By Staff | May 9, 2018 | Last updated on May 9, 2018
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B.C.’s mining industry was upbeat in 2017, as prices for most metals and minerals produced in the province continue to steadily recover from multi-year lows. Although most commodity prices remain below the record highs seen in 2011, the recent increases are part of an upward trend in the mining cycle, according to a PwC Canada report.

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Strong performance for the sector in 2017 meant higher prices—leading to a 35% increase in gross revenue from mining operations across the province. Gross mining revenue from B.C. operations came in at CA$11.7 billion in 2017, compared to CA$8.7 billion in 2016.

“Confidence has returned to the B.C. mining industry,” said Mark Platt, B.C. mining leader at PwC Canada, in a release. “Commodity prices have increased and we haven’t seen such positivity since the recovery following the 2008-09 global financial crisis. We are cautiously optimistic that the worst is behind us and that the industry will continue to recover.”

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The report also highlights some of the opportunities and challenges for the mining sector, which is a key contributor to the B.C. economy and Canada’s GDP. The industry is well positioned as a key producer and supplier in the new low-carbon economy, with B.C. producing metals and minerals used in, or that are instrumental in producing components for, everything from wind turbines to electric vehicles.

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