Facts & Figures

  • More than 40 mine sites operating in Ontario
    • Nickel, gold, copper, zinc and platinum group metals
    • Diamonds, salt, gypsum, talc, calcium carbonate, nepheline syenite and other industrial minerals
  • Ontario is the largest producer in Canada of gold, nickel, copper, platinum group metals, copper, salt and structural materials.

  • Mining benefits all areas of the province, providing a broad scope of employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • Past and present mining operations occupy 500 square kilometres - only about 0.05% of Ontario's total land area; most mining operations, including the mine, mill, access roads and tailings, take up less than five square kilometers.

  • Ontario is one of the safest mining jurisdictions in the world and mining is one of the safest industries in Ontario, achieving a 96% improvement in lost time injury frequency over the past 30 years; companies invest about $1,800 per employee, per year  in training and health and safety initiatives. Learn more.
  • 27,000 employed directly and another 50,000 indirectly in the fabrication and processing of minerals; mining equipment and services sector employs more than 25,000; 256,000 people are employed in Ontario's mineral cluster (operating mines, corporate offices, mining supplies & services, legal, financial, engineering, environmental consulting)
  • University of Toronto representative mine study shows that one base metal mine in the province which directly employs 480 people creates more than 1,100 indirect jobs in the supply and service sector and about 700 induced jobs in the retail sector for a total of 2,280 jobs. 
  • Mining is the largest private sector employer of Aboriginal Canadians, accounting for about 7.5% of the total mining labour force, while Aboriginals account for 3.8% of the Canadian population. In Ontario, Aboriginal employment accounts for 9.7% of total mining jobs. 
  • The average weekly wage in Ontario mining is 60% higher than the average industrial wage in the province.

  • Worker productivity in mining is exceptionally high - roughly six times the provincial industrial average.

  • Ontario mining companies' tax contributions to all levels of government are more than $1 billion annually. 

  • Industry payroll is in excess of $1.7 billion.

  • Ontario mining industry employees pay more than half a billion dollars annually in personal income tax.

  • Ontario's leading-edge mine supply and service sector employs more than 40,000 people and has an estimated direct economic impact of $6.6 billion.
  • There are approximately 900 mining supply and service companies in Ontario. View Top 6 Reasons to choose Ontario mining supply and services suppliers.
  • In 2015, $393 million was invested in mineral exploration and deposit appraisal. See Ontario exploration spending highlights: 2015.
  • Investment of $4 billion annually in R&D, exploration, construction and equipment.
  • Ontario's mining companies meet the highest standards of environmental stewardship. Companies spend an estimated $62 million a year on mine land rehabilitation, environmental engineering and environmental technologies.
  • 90% of inputs to mineral production are Canadian; mines in the province make purchases of more than $835 million, representing about 43% of their total procurement of goods and services, from suppliers located within a one hour drive of mine sites.
  • More than 60% of the value of Ontario mineral commodities is exported.
  • Almost 60% of the metals mined in Ontario are processed here, in addition to processing minerals from four Canadian provinces, the United States and Australia.
  • The Ontario transport sector depends on mineral production. Read more.

  • There are more mining companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange than on any other exchange. Almost $8.9 billion in equity capital was raised in 2014 on the on Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV), through 1,482 financings, which represents 62% of all equity capital raised by the world's public mining companies. This chart shows where the TSX and TSXV rank relative to other global exchange groups in terms of capital raised in the mining sector in 2014. 
  • Mining companies in Ontario make charitable donations in local communities of about $10 million annually. Ontario mining sector by the numbersSource of image: Ontario's Mineral Development Strategy 2015

Learn about the country-wide impact of mining from the Mining Association of Canada and Natural Resources Canada, including in NRCan's 2016 Minerals and Metals Fact Book. View NRCan's 12 KEY FACTS on the Minerals and Metals Sector.