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Canada is a global mining powerhouse, with 60 types of metals and minerals, extensive mining expertise and a firm commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards. The country’s supportive regulatory environment includes agreements between mining companies, Indigenous communities and governments.

The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V) are home to 43% of the world’s public mining companies, making Canada a leading destination for international mining finance.

Global businesses are tapping into Canada’s geoscience expertise to identify areas with the highest mineral potential. They’re also exploring Canadian mining opportunities much closer to manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Europe, creating a more sustainable industry for the future.

Canadian mining leadership

Critical minerals and battery materials

Canada is a natural location for investment in the critical minerals required to produce renewable energy, clean technology, batteries and advanced manufacturing solutions. Canada’s mining industry ranks among the world’s top producers of aluminum, diamonds, gold and uranium, among others. Canada also offers all the critical minerals required to build electric vehicle batteries.

Canada’s EV supply chain

The Government of Canada is investing nearly $4 billion in a Critical Minerals Strategy to boost the supply of critical minerals to grow domestic and global value chains for the green and digital economies.

Potash

The province of Saskatchewan is the world’s largest producer and exporter of potash, a vital nutrient used in agriculture to support plant growth, increase crop yield and disease resistance, and improve water preservation. This makes Canada a key player in feeding the growing global demand for food.

Saskatchewan’s potash industry contributed more than $7.6 billion to Canada’s GDP in 2021. The potash industry employs more than 6,000 Canadians and is one of the country’s safest industries.

Base metals

Canada is one of the top producers of zinc, iron ore and copper. Approximately 30 mining operations in Canada are sources for copper, a critical mineral needed for clean technologies.

Base metals contributed more than $9.1 billion to Canada’s GDP in 2022.

7 reasons why Canada is a global mining leader

How we help

Invest in Canada provides personalized services to global mining and minerals companies. We help identify opportunities and incentives, and connect you with the right people to support your growth plans.

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Recent investments

BHP Group

Type of investment
Development of the Jansen Potash Project
Total invested
$12.5 billion
Total jobs
4,100
Source country
Australia
Location
Jansen, SK

Cheetah Resources

Type of investment
Development of the Nechalacho project, Canada’s first rare-earth metals mine
Source country
Australia
Location
Yellowknife, NT

Newmont

Type of investment
Development of Coffee Gold Mine project
Total jobs
700
Source country
United States
Location
Yukon

Rio Tinto Group

Type of investment
Purchase of Diavik diamond mine
Source country
United Kingdom
Location
Yellowknife, NT

Vale

Type of investment
Mining activities expansion
Total invested
$150 million
Total jobs
61
Source country
Brazil
Location
Thompson, MB

Sumitomo Metal Mining

Type of investment
Gold mining project joint venture with IAMGOLD
Total invested
$1.3 billion
Total jobs
450
Source country
Japan
Location
Gogama, ON

DeBeers

Type of investment
Land purchase to expand Canada’s newest diamond mine
Total invested
$436 million
Total jobs
395
Source country
United Kingdom
Location
Yellowknife, NT

Mining industry guide

Explore strengths and opportunities in Canadian minerals and metals in our Spotlight on Mining.

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