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AME BC Responds to Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies

Vancouver, BC — February 24, 2015 — The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC) responded today to the release of the 2014 Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies. According to the Fraser Institute, the survey attempts to assess how mineral endowments and public policy factors affect exploration investment.  The province of British Columbia appears in the top third of the Investment Attractiveness Index, ranking 28th out of 122 jurisdictions in 2014 compared with 16th out of 112 jurisdictions in 2013. However, its ranking within Canada, at 10th out of 12 provinces and territories compared to 7th out of 12 in 2013, is not consistent with actual investment in mineral exploration and deposit appraisal according to data from Natural Resources Canada. 

“We appreciate the efforts of the Fraser Institute in developing an important barometer for sharing qualitative perceptions of jurisdictions,” mentions Gavin C. Dirom, President & CEO of AME BC. “However, according to quantitative data provided by Natural Resources Canada, BC’s share of mineral exploration investment has more than tripled from 6 per cent in 2001 to 21 per cent in 2014. At the same time, BC’s ranking among provinces in attracting mineral exploration and development investment has risen from fourth place in 2009 to second place, only behind Ontario, in 2013 and 2014. Furthermore, one of the best indicators of success in exploration is seeing discoveries move through to mine development. In recent years, we have seen a number of new major metal mines constructed in our province, including Copper Mountain in 2011, New Afton in 2012 and Mt. Milligan in 2013. Also, Red Chris is being readied for commercial operations, and the KSM and Kitsault mine development projects have received environmental assessment certificates.”
 
“The challenges faced by mineral explorers in British Columbia in attracting investment are not unique,” notes David McLelland, Chair of AME BC. “However, the province does have excellent mineral development potential and publicly accessible geological data. It also has a government that values, and has become better resourced to serve, the industry, as well as infrastructure that facilitates access to growing markets. Finally, BC has well-developed relationships between industry and local and Aboriginal communities in many areas of the province. As a jurisdiction, BC is now better positioned to realize its mineral development potential when commodity prices and market conditions improve.”

About AME BC:
AME BC is the lead association for the mineral exploration and development industry based in British Columbia.  Established in 1912, AME BC represents, advocates, protects and promotes the interests of thousands of members who are engaged in mineral exploration and development in BC and throughout the world. AME BC encourages a safe, economically strong and environmentally responsible industry by providing clear initiatives, policies, events and tools to support its membership.

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For further information, please contact Jonathan Buchanan, Director, Communications & Public Affairs, AME BC, at 778.840.0620 or jbuchanan@amebc.ca.

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