Ontario's mining and related sectors offer a wide range of exciting career options - jobs that involve fulfilling work, high salaries, as well as opportunities for advancement, adventure and travel. The types of positions available include that of geologist, environmental scientist, miner, mill operator, heavy equipment driver, engineer, fiancial/investment analyst, occupational health & safety officer, community liaison manager and computer programmer, among many others. To learn more, review these career profiles or take this 15 minute quiz to find out what mining careers could be right for you.

Training requirements are just as varied, from entry-level to university-level and everything in between. Ontario colleges and universities offer specialized education and training programs ranging from mining technology to engineering, robotics, satellite imaging and international business. Among the institutions offering mining-related programs are: 

Brock University 
Earth Sciences, Environmental Geosciences
University of Guelph 
Environmental Geoscience and Geomatics, Environment and Resource Management
Lakehead University  
Geology, Environmental Management, Environmental Sustainability 
Laurentian University 
Earth Science, Environmental Geoscience, Mining Engineering, and the Goodman School of Mines 
McMaster University 
Geography and Earth Sciences 
University of Ottawa  
Earth Sciences, Geology 
Queen's University 
Geological Sciences & Geological Engineering; Mining Engineering, Mineral Processing and Environmental Engineering, and Mine-Mechanical Engineering 
University of Toronto 
Earth Sciences, Environmental Geosciences Geophysics; Mineral Engineering 
Western University 
Geology, Environmental Geosciences, Geophysics 
University of Waterloo  
Geology, Environmental Geosciences, Geophysics, Geological Engineering 
University of Windsor 
Earth and Environmental Sciences 
York University 
Earth Science, Environmental Science/Studies, Geomatics Engineering 
York University Schulich School of Business 
Global Mining Management

Collège Boréal 
Techniques du Genie de Construction (Civil et Minier), Technology du Genie di Construction (Civil et Minier) (Entrer Tech du Genie Construction)
Cambrian College 
Mining Engineering Technology, Mining Engineering Technician; Mining Foundations, Environmental Monitoring and Impact Assessment, Trades
Canadore College
Environmental Management
Confederation College 
Mining Techniques, Mining Engineering Technician, Environmental Technician, Trades, Geographical Information Systems
Fanshawe College 
Geographic Information Systems Graduate Certificate Program, Environmental Design and Planning, Environmental Technology
Fleming College 
Earth Resources Technician, Resources Drilling and Blasting, Blasting Techniques, Resource Mapping Technician, Geographical Information Systems Applications Specialist, Geographical Information System Cartographic Specialist, Heavy Equipment Operator, Heavy Equipment Techniques, Resource Mapping Technician, Health Safety and Environmental Compliance, Environmental Technician, Environmental Technologist, Ecosystem Management Technician, Ecosystem Management Technologist, Trades
Northern College 
Environmental Technician - Water and Wastewater Systems Operations, Heavy Equipment Techniques, Mining Engineering Technician, Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technician
Sault College 
Natural Environment Technician - Conservation and Management 
Natural Environment Technologist - Conservation and Management 
The Northern Centre for Advanced Technology 
Common Core Training

There is also a range of scholarships available for anyone who plans to study geoscience and mining at Ontario colleges and universities.

Given that Ontario's mining industry is forecasting the need for thousands of additional workers in the coming years, it is an excellent time to plan a career in mining. Consider some of the benefits listed by the Mining Industry Human Resources Council:

  • One of the highest paying industrial sectors in Canada
  • A technologically advanced industry that welcomes highly skilled workers
  • A major player in Canada's economy and a leader on the world stage
  • An enviable safety record that is second to none among heavy industries in Canada
  • A strong commitment to sustainable development practices that protect the natural environment and respond to the needs of local communities

For more information, please check out our Education & Outreach page.

Visit the following links and check out our LINKS & RESOURCES page for information on building a career in mining.  Our MINING JOBS page lists sites with information on current employment opportunities.

Mining Industry Human Resources Council
Skills Canada-Ontario  
TalentEgg Career Incubator
Ontario Centres of Excellence
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Earth Sciences Canada - Careers
TechnoMine - Mining Jobs
North Superior Workforce Planning Board Employment & Training Hub