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Manitoba's Mineral Resources

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Manitoba Mining Facts

The mining and petroleum industries make up Manitoba's second largest primary resource industry. In 2012, the combined value of mineral production for metals ($1.32 billion), industrial minerals ($187.5 million) and petroleum ($1.62 billion) totalled about $3.13 billion. The industries employ an average of 5,700 workers directly, with many more in indirect jobs and generating millions of dollars in spin-off business.
 
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What do Manitoba mines produce?

  • Base and precious metals, such as nickel, copper, zinc and gold.
  • Specialty metals like cesium.
  • Plus 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:

  • 13.1% of Canada's nickel
  • 7.3% of Canada's copper
  • 12.9% of Canada's zinc
  • 5.4% of Canada's gold
  • 100% of Canada's cesium
  • 5.2% of Canada's silver

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

Hinge-007 Mine

San Gold Corporation
Bissett
2009
gold

Rice Lake Gold Mine

San Gold Corporation
Bissett
2006
gold

Tanco Mine

Tantalum Mining Corporation of Canada, Ltd.
Lac du Bonnet
1969
cesium

Thompson mine T1 & T3

Vale
Thompson
1958
nickel, copper

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


Manitoba's Rich History

Manitoba's Legends of Rock

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.

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More Mining Facts

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