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Manitoba Mining Facts

The mining and petroleum industries make up Manitoba's second largest primary resource industry. In 2016, the combined value of mineral production for metals ($1.09 billion), industrial minerals ($229.1 million) and petroleum ($750 million) totalled about $2.1 billion. The industries employ an average of 5,200 workers directly, with many more in indirect jobs and generating millions of dollars in spin-off business.

 

Click on the links below to discover more facts about the world of minerals:

The Rock Cycle PDF

How to Turn "A" Nickel into a Dollar PDF


What do Manitoba mines produce?

Base and precious metals, such as nickel, copper, zinc and gold.

Specialty metals like cesium.

Industrial minerals such as dolomite, spodumene, silver, gypsum, salt, granite, limestone, lime, sand and gravel.

Manitoba mineral resources with potential for future economic development include diamonds, platinum-group metals (PGM), rare earth elements (REE), titanium, vanadium, chromite, silica and potash.

 

 

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Manitoba produces:

11.1% of Canada's nickel

6.1% of Canada's copper

34.7% of Canada's zinc

2% of Canada's gold

100% of Canada's cesium

9.8% of Canada's silver

Manitoba also produces cobalt, platinum-group metals and silver which are by-products of other mined metals or minerals.

 

Operating Mines

Mine

Company

Location

Date Opened

Major Metals/Minerals Mined

777 Mine

Hudbay

Flin Flon

2000

copper, zinc

Birchtree Mine

Vale

Thompson

1968

nickel, copper

Bucko Lake Nickel Mine

NOTE: Currently under care and maintenance

CaNickel Mining Limited

Wabowden

2009

nickel

Hinge-007 Mine

NOTE: Currently under care and maintenance

Klondex Mines Ltd.

Bissett

2009

gold

Lalor Mine

Hudbay

Snow Lake

2014

copper, zinc, gold

Reed Mine

Hudbay

Flin Flon

2013

copper, zinc

True North Gold Mine

Klondex Mines Ltd.

Bissett

2006

gold

Tanco Mine

Tantalum Mining Corporation of Canada, Ltd.

Lac du Bonnet

1969

cesium

Thompson mine T1, T3 & 1-D

Vale

Thompson

1958

nickel, copper

 

Manitoba's Rich History

Manitoba Mining Thru the Centuries

Manitoba Mining Through the Centuries
Manitoba has been mining for centuries. This website presents the history of mining in the province as a timeline and includes a provincial map showing mining locations both historical and current, commodity information, company listings and a photo gallery.


Manitoba’s Mineral Industry: A Rich History
PDF

Minerals: A Fundamental Part of Life PDF


Manitoba's Mining Communities

Mining is the reason for communities such as Thompson, Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Wabowden, Lynn Lake and Leaf Rapids in the north, and Bissett and Lac du Bonnet in the south.

 

Stake Your Future in Mining

Click on the job profiles listed below to explore some of the career opportunities in the mining industry.

Geologist PDF

Mining Engineer PDF

GIS Specialist PDF

 

 

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Building Blocks

Ever wonder why rocks are used in building projects? Sometimes it can be for practical reasons, but often the aim is to create something that will be regarded for its beauty and elegant appearance. A great example of this type of "building" rock is dimension stone. Dimension stone includes Manitoba Tyndall Stone® (a mottled limestone with trace fossils), as well as other rocks with rich "dimension" like granite, marble, labradorite, sandstone.

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