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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

Information Circular 2013-01


Provincial Summary Exploration and Mining in British Columbia 2012 

J. Britton, R. Chu, D. Grieve, P Jago, J. Kyba, B. Madu, and B. Northcote



View Information Circular 2013-1 (PDF, 5.1 MB)


See also Operating Mines and Selected Major Exploration Projects in BC, 2012, Open File 2013-1 (map)


The geological evolution of British Columbia, which spans over 2.3 billion years, has endowed the province with abundant mineral and coal resources. As a result, the exploration and development of these resources is a cornerstone of the provincial economy. With more than half of Canada’s exploration and mining companies based in British Columbia, and the world’s largest concentration of exploration companies and mining professionals, the province is recognized as a leader in raising venture capital, and as a centre of excellence in mining and related fields, such as metallurgy, environmental engineering, mine safety, and the geosciences.


British Columbia’s transportation infrastructure provides ready access to world markets through expanding ports, and rail and highway networks. The province boasts attractive industrial electrical power rates; commitments to expand the power grid in the northwestern part of the province have the potential to increase exploration and development in a highly prospective region.


All publications of the BC Geological Survey are available digitally, free of charge, from this website.


For questions or more information on geology and minerals in British Columbia contact BCGS Mailbox or call toll free (BC Residents only)