Industrial Minerals


Content Links:

Commodity Summaries
Deposits and Occurrences
Selected References



Manitoba has a rich heritage of mining. World-class mines, a strong and diversified industrial mineral sector and rich mineral deposits and occurrences provide a strong foundation for growth in this sector. Combined with affordable land and labour, a high quality transportation network and low cost reliable energy, Manitoba has a strong competitive advantage over most other locations. If you are an active property holder, you are welcome to submit your mineral description for inclusion in this list.



  • The industrial mineral sector produces about $81.5 million per year and accounts for about 9% of the province’s annual mineral production.

  • Aggregate, (sand, gravel and crushed stone) is the largest mining sector in Manitoba, based on volume produced and land acreage employed. Aggregate is considered a non renewable resource that has no suitable cost effective substitutes.

  • Aggregate is primarily used by the construction industry for roads, concrete and asphalt. Within Manitoba's capital region, (Winnipeg and surrounding areas), 44 producers quarried over 5 million tonnes of aggregate at 67 sites in 2000.

  • The industrial minerals industry is diverse, with widely varying characteristics. As opposed to the base and precious metal sector, which is by and large "resource driven", industrial minerals are generally "market driven".

  • The value of industrial minerals often depend on a number of variables that include the grade and quality of the resource, the demand, the proximity to markets, how easy the resource can be harvested, and the number of substitute products available.


Goals and Objectives

Our goal is to raise the profile of our producing plants and quarries and expand the business development opportunities for the resources. Manitoba’s business advantages offer a strong foundation for long-term sustainable growth.


Image of North America with Manitoba highlightedManitoba’s Business Advantages

  • Access to maritime port for shipping
  • Near-surface Geology ranging from Archean to Recent
    Diverse and stable economy
  • Highly competitive business costs
  • Skilled multi-cultural workforce
  • Well-developed modern infrastructure
  • Abundant, inexpensive hydroelectric power

Note: The Province of Manitoba does not sanction or validate information contained in this listing of industrial mineral deposits and occurrences.

back to top