Canada is one of the world's leading mining countries and largest producers of minerals and metals. Non-metallic minerals will continue to dominate production.
A Top Export Prospect for Canada
Canada is one of the world's leading mining countries and largest producers of minerals and
metals. Non-metallic minerals will continue to dominate production, followed by coal and
metallic minerals. Approximately 60 percent of the world’s exploration companies are
Canadian, spending more on exploration programs than any other country. The Canadian
metals and mining industry reported revenues of $39.46 billion in 2010, and is forecasted to
grow at a compound annual growth rate of 11.7 percent through 2015.
About two-thirds of the mining equipment market, approximately two billion dollars in 2010,
was supplied by U.S. exports. This is expected to grow to $2.62 billion by 2015.
Sub-Sector Best Prospects
• Specialty mining
• Mining equipment replacement parts
• Exploration, drilling, and mine construction services
• Environmental remediation services
• Mining safety and security equipment and services
• Northern Plan (Plan Nord) Mining Projects – approximately eleven mining projects to
be launched in the coming years with an estimate of US$8.13 billion in investments.
• Mount Milligan Mine, BC: gold-copper mine construction started in 2010.
• Galore Creek Development, BC: copper/gold/silver mine; in feasibility study phase.
• Potash One’s Legacy Project, SK: $2.8B awaiting environmental permits, financing.
Major upcoming events/trade shows supported by CS Canada in this sector:
• PDAC 2012 Mining Investment Show: March 4-7, 2012, Toronto, ON
• Plan Nord: Opportunities in Projects and Infrastructure Event: April 3-5, 2012, Quebec,
• Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum Show: May 6-9, 2012, Edmonton,
• MINExpo International 2012: September 24-26, 2012, Las Vegas, NV
Top US cts in 2 Export Prospe Canada 2012: Mining
• The Mining Association of Canada Natural Resources Canada Prospectors and
Developers Association of Canada
For More Information
Please contact Connie Irrera, Commecial Specialist for mining at the U.S. Commercial Service in Canada at
Connie.Irrera@trade.gov or (514) 398-9695 ext. 2262. You can also visit our website at
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