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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

Mineral Exploration in British Columbia

British Columbia has vast reserves of minerals, such as copper, gold, silver, and molybdenum. Prospectors and developers seek out these mineral deposits so that they can later be developed into mines. In the process, the industry contributes hundreds of millions of dollars to B.C.'s economy each year. The most recent exploration data for the province can be found below:

2014 Regional Highlights


Mineral exploration expenditures in British Columbia were $338.4 million in 2014. 


Region # of Projects Mineral Exploration Expenditures
Omineca         32

 $ 42.0 million

Skeena         54  $ 161.0 million
Northeast         7  $ 50.0 million
Thompson-Okanagan-Cariboo         16  $ 30.0 million
South Coast and West Coast          3  $ 5.0 million
Kootenay-Boundary         25  $ 50.4 million
           TOTAL        137  $ 338.4 million