Mineral and Mining Industry Highlights Top Priorities at Energy and Mines Ministers' Conference
WINNIPEG, MB--(Marketwired - August 22, 2016) - Canada's mineral exploration and mining industry is asking Energy and Mines Ministers, currently in Winnipeg for their 73rd annual conference, to work on tackling several challenges that have resulted in Canada dropping to second place behind Australia as the most desirable mining destination in the world.
A brief submitted by the Canadian Mineral Industry Federation (CMIF) details seven policy priorities that will help the industry overcome current challenges.
Restoring Canada's status as the top exploration and mining jurisdiction in the world will require concerted and sustained effort by all jurisdictions. CMIF looks forward to working in partnership with governments, industry, communities and Aboriginal partners to support a sustainable and competitive Canadian exploration and mining sector.
"As the downturn is still being felt by the mineral exploration and mining industry, action is required to ensure Canadians are able to capitalize on the great opportunities that lie ahead. We will work with all jurisdictions and the Federal Government to ensure that Canada's reputation and attractiveness as the premier location for global mineral investment is regained. In doing so, the substantial social and economic benefits -- to all Canadians -- that accompany these investments will be enjoyed," says PDAC President, Bob Schafer.
"The mining sector's ability to continue its role as a powerful economic driver and top employer in regions across the country is in large part dependent on the decisions made by Canadians governments. There are incredible opportunities to achieve shared goals when it comes to socio-economic development, innovation, protecting the environment and solidifying Canada's leadership in mining -- let's work together to seize them," says MAC President and CEO, Pierre Gratton.
About the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)
The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is the leading voice of the mineral exploration and development community. With over 8,000 members around the world in all sectors of the mining industry, the PDAC's mission is to promote a globally-responsible, vibrant and sustainable minerals industry. As the trusted representative of the sector, PDAC encourages best practices in technical, operational, environmental, safety and social performance. PDAC is known worldwide for its annual PDAC Convention, regarded as the premier international event for the mineral industry. The PDAC Convention has attracted over 25,000 people from 125 countries in recent years and will next be held March 5-8, 2017 in Toronto. Please visit www.pdac.ca.
About the Mining Association of Canada (MAC)
The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) is the national organization for the Canadian mining industry. Its members account for most of Canada's production of base and precious metals, uranium, diamonds, metallurgical coal, and mined oil sands, and are actively engaged in mineral exploration, mining, smelting, refining and semi-fabrication. Please visit www.mining.ca.
About the Canadian Mineral Industry Federation (CMIF)
The Canadian Mineral Industry Federation (CMIF) comprises more than 20 national, provincial and territorial associations that represent various components of the Canadian mineral and mining industry.