Facts & Figures

  • 39 mine sites operating in Ontario 
    • Nickel, gold, copper, zinc and platinum group metals
    • Diamonds, salt, gypsum, talc, calcium carbonate, nepheline syenite and other industrial minerals
  • Ontario is the largest producer in Canada of gold, platinum group metals and nickel, and the second largest producer of copper. The province is also a major producer of salt and structural materials.
  • Mining benefits all areas of the province, providing a broad scope of employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. 
  • Ontario is one of the safest mining jurisdictions in the world and mining is one of the safest industries in Ontario, achieving a 96% improvement in lost time injury frequency over the past 30 years. 
  • 77,000 mineral production employees include direct employment of 26,000 (up 5,000 in the last 10 years). 
  • University of Toronto representative mine study shows that one base metal mine in the province, which directly employs 480 people, creates more than 1,100 indirect jobs in the supply and service sector and about 700 induced jobs in the retail sector for a total of 2,280 jobs. 
  • Mining is the largest private sector employer of Aboriginal Canadians, accounting for about 7.5% of the total mining labour force, while Aboriginals account for 3.8% of the Canadian population. In Ontario, Aboriginal employment accounts for 11.2% of total mining jobs. 
  • The average weekly wage in Ontario mining is 67% higher than the average industrial wage in the province, with mine workers averaging $1,611 weekly, and mining support workers $1,815.
  • Worker productivity in terms of value added per employee is $460,000, beating out the Canadian average in 2014. 
  • In 2011, while commodity prices were high, the federal and provincial corporate taxes collected were approximately $313 million, while in 2015 they were closer to $53 million. Property tax revenues in the Ontario mining sector have grown from $31.9 million in 2011 to $35.4 million in 2015, and the Ontario mining tax collected $131 million in 2015.
  • Industry payroll is in excess of $1.6 billion and generates hundreds of millions of dollars annually in personal income tax revenues; payroll taxes totaled more than $138 million in 2015.
  • Ontario's leading-edge mine supply and service sector employs more than 40,000 people and has an estimated direct economic impact of $6.6 billion.
  • There are approximately 900 mining supply and service companies in Ontario. View Top 6 Reasons to choose Ontario mining supply and services suppliers.
  • In 2017, $526 million was invested in mineral exploration and deposit appraisal. See Ontario exploration spending highlights: 2017.
  • Ontario's mining companies meet the highest standards of environmental stewardship. Companies spend an estimated $103 million a year on mine land rehabilitation, environmental engineering and environmental technologies.
  • Mines in the province make purchases of more than $1B, with 38% of their total procurement of goods and services coming from suppliers located near the mine sites.
  • More than 50% of the metals mined in Ontario are processed here, in addition to processing minerals from four Canadian provinces, the United States and Australia. 
  • In 2015, Ontario mining companies contributed more than $90 million to local Indigenous governments and communities. Many of these contributions come as part of Indigenous mining agreements that cover a range of provisions related to financial payments, employment and training programs, community and social programs, donations and/or contributions. 
  • Ontario mining creates more economic value for the energy it consumes than most other industries, and this is achieved with lower GHG emissions.
  • Ontario's mining  industry adopts advanced green technologies at rates well above Ontario's industry average, and at higher rates than other jurisdictions.
  • Toronto is the mining finance capital of the world: the TSX and the TSXV list more mining companies than any other exchange, are first among exchanges worldwide in equity capital raised, and are home to almost 50% of the world's public mining companies. 57% of global mining financings were done on the TSX and TSXV in 2016. 

Learn about the country-wide impact of mining from the Mining Association of Canada and Natural Resources Canada, including in NRCan's 2016 Minerals and Metals Fact Book. View NRCan's 12 KEY FACTS on the Minerals and Metals Sector.

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