Quick Facts

Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (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.

Mineral Exploration and Development Are Important to BC

  • The safe, modern mineral exploration and mining sector more than 30,000 people in 120 occupations in more than 50 BC communities. In addition, there are several thousand additional jobs in the service sector that rely on exploration and the mining industry.
  • Companies spent $272 million on exploration projects in 2015.

 BC is a Centre of Excellence for Mineral Exploration

  • Vancouver has the highest concentration of exploration and mining professionals in the world.
  • BC developed a mineral exploration code adapted for use in 35 countries around the world.
  • Sixty per cent of Canadian exploration companies are based in BC, and 69 per cent of TSX and TSX-V stock exchange listed companies based in BC are involved in the mineral exploration and mining sector.

BC is Proud of its Mineral Heritage, and has Tremendous Potential

The past

  • BC’s minerals have been used and traded for thousands of years. Obsidian from Mount Edziza in northwestern BC was first extracted over 10,000 years ago and was traded as far away as present-day Alberta and Alaska.
  • BC’s minerals and mining sector has generated approximately $700 billion in gross revenues over the last 150 years – from much less than one per cent of the provincial land base, or an area smaller than Greater Victoria (540 square kilometres).

The future

  • There are currently two mines under construction in BC as of 2016: Pretium Resources Inc.'s Brucejack project and JDS Silver's Silvertip project. 
  • Mineral explorers are active throughout BC looking for the mineable deposits of the future. Gold, copper, molybdenum and other metals are vital to green technologies and the products that modern society demands in addition to metallurgical coal.

More information? View http://www.amebc.ca/resources-publications/resources-overview or contact AME BC at 604.689.5271 or info@amebc.ca