Good News for BC Mining Jobs – Focus on Southern BC Interior

Karina Brino
Karina Brino, President & CEO, Mining Association of BC
  • 30 new BC mining projects

  • Anticipated spending of $30billion

  • Total of 16,000 mining jobs in BC

May 1st’s annual * Mining Week luncheon was well-attended with the who’s who in mining, government and local business executives.

Guest speaker, Karina Brino, President and CEO of the Mining Association of BC, was right on topic discussing  what we were all there to learn about – new jobs and  investments around BC Interior mining projects.

Stats on Southern BC Mining

Mount Milligan is up and running with 350-400 jobs, Red Chris is now under construction with a $540million investment and 300-350 jobs over a 20 year period.

6 new mines have been permitted. Quintette Coal’s Roman Mine completed expansion followed by Quintette announcing major cutbacks due to declining prices,  7 other mines’ expansions are approved.

Existing Mining Jobs in the Southern Interior /Okanagan (>2013)

Highland Valley Copper  (Teck-Logan Lake)          1295 jobs

Highland Valley Copper Exp (Teck-Logan Lake)   500 jobs

New Afton (New Gold – Savana )                             438 jobs

Copper Mountain (Princeton)                                   420 jobs

Bralorne Gold Mine (Bralorne)                                   50 jobs

NEW Mining Jobs in the Southern /Central Interior (2014>)

Red Chris (Imperial Metals-Prince George)          360 jobs

New Prosperity (Taseko-Williams Lake)                                 550 jobs

Ajax Mine (KHGM- Kamloops)                                   380 jobs

I for one welcome mining and all it brings to our community. BC is a resource based province, and this type of investment spells nothing less than great news for the Kamloops and BC Interior communities. More mining jobs generate significantly higher per capita income, and create substantial tax dollars for the community which builds more infrastructure. Infrastructure is what attracts families with the fantastic education, healthcare, community services and overall lifestyle that we know love and look forward to enjoying for many years to come.

* The annual Mining Week luncheon in Kamloops was Hosted by The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, Venture Kamloops and the Mining Suppliers Association of BC in collaboration with the Mining Association of BC

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