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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:

2013 Regional Highlights


Mineral exploration expenditures in British Columbia were $476 million in 2013. 


Region # of Projects Mineral Exploration Expenditures
Omineca         38

 $ 102.5 million

Skeena         82  $ 201 million
Northeast         14  $ 81.6 million
Thompson-Okanagan-Cariboo         22  $ 48.2 million
Coast          6  $ 7.2 million
Kootenay-Boundary         23  $ 35.5 million
           TOTAL        185  $ 476 million