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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

Information Circular 2011-4

Coal in British Columbia


by A. Johal, B. Northcote and D. Lefebure


View Information Circular 2011-4 (PDF, 1.9 MB)


This brochure briefly describes coal deposits in British Columbia, including the East Kootenay, Peace River, and Vancouver Island Coalfields.  It has a location map of selected coal deposits.


Coal contributes a very significant amount of revenue to the B.C. economy. The average annual value of coal production over the last 5 years has been just over $3 billion, which represents over half the total value of mineral production in the province during that period.

More than 90% of the coal produced in British Columbia is metallurgical coal. B.C.’s metallurgical coal products generally have the following favourable characterisitcs: medium-volatile bituminous; clean coal ash < 9.5% (air dried); low sulphur (0.4% to 0.6%); low coke oven pressure; high coke stability and coke strength after reaction; low to moderate base/acid ratios; and excellent blending characteristics. 


Other coal publications and resources:

To create your own list of coal deposits, use the MINFILE/www SEARCH.