Celebrating mining?s contribution to the province

VANCOUVER – The mining industry is being recognized for its valuable and essential contributions to communities throughout the province during Mining Week from May 13-21, 2007.

?Mining Week is a time to celebrate our accomplishments and the enormous contributions that mining makes to communities around B.C.,? said Michael McPhie, President and CEO of the Mining Association of British Columbia.

?Today?s mining industry is a safe, innovative and responsible industry that provides thousands of good paying jobs to British Columbians around the province.?

There are more than 10,000 direct jobs in mining in the province and these jobs pay the highest average wage in B.C. at more than $94,000 per year.

When indirect jobs are included, the mining sector provides more than 28,000 jobs for British Columbians.

Mining is just under a $10 billion dollar industry and it generates this wealth in an area that represents less than 0.03 percent of the B.C. land base (less than 28,000 hectares). This is an extraordinary contribution from an area that is about the size of one mid-size town.

Mining Week in B.C. is not just about recognizing mining?s economic contribution to the province, it is also about raising awareness of the important role that the sector plays in the daily lives of all British Columbians.

?Mining touches all of our lives every day,? said McPhie. ?Whether we are using a computer, talking on our cell phone, driving a car or riding a bus, mining makes all these things possible.?

The success of the mining industry also provides benefits to all British Columbians by contributing $700 million each year in direct taxation, fees and royalties to the provincial government. This revenue from mining helps to pay for the important social programs and services-such as health care, social services and education-that British Columbians count on.

The Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC) speaks on behalf of mineral producers and advanced development companies involved in the exploration, development and smelting of minerals in British Columbia.