This page links to documents and tables that compile the annual statistics of mineral production and production for individual mines in British Columbia. The publications may include information such as prices, total values and production of mineral commodities produced in BC from 1874 onward. From the late 1800s to 1979, these statistics were contained in the Annual Reports of the Minister of Mines. From 1980 through 1984, they formed part of the Mineral Resources Division - Summary of Operations. In 1985 through 1990, these statistics were reported though the B.C. Mineral Statistics Annual Summary Tables & from 1990 to 1993 in the B.C. Mineral Output - Statistical Output. Statistics beyond 1993 and more information is available through the Exploration and Mining publications and through other miscellaneous reports at the end of this page. See the Mineral Statistics website for statistics information of the metals, coal, industrial mineral, construction aggregates, mineral exploration and other sectors.
MINFILE, an interactive mineral occurrence database, has over 80 metal, industrial mineral and coal producers, and over 1950 past producers. Searches and production reports are available at: http://minfile.gov.bc.ca/searchbasic.aspx.
Annual Reports 1874 - 2000
The annual reports provide an accounting of how the ministry has been working to achieve its goals. In the early years these reports contained extensive information on geology and industry activity, but since the 1970s this information has not been included in the Annual Report publication series. Mineral production data is included with each annual report and compiled in index tables listing production for metal mines.
Geology, Exploration & Mining in B.C. (GEM)1969-1974
In 1969 a new annual publication entitled Geology, Exploration and Mining in British Columbia (G.E.M.) was initiated. It comprised chapters on metals, placer, structural materials, industrial minerals and coal. It incorporated and expanded on the geological and technical reports that were formerly part of the Annual Report series.
Geology, Exploration and Mining in B.C. (GEM) 1969 - 1974
See also Mining in British Columbia for production from 1974-1988
Information Reports Series - Summary of Operations 1980-1984
The Information Report series was initiated by the Ministry in 1980. The Summary of Operations, Mineral Resources Division (1980 to 1984 inclusive) contains detailed statistical information formerly incorporated in the Annual Reports of the Minister. This volume consists of three chapters: Activity of the Mining industry in the title year, activity of the Energy and Minerals Division in the title year, and detailed mineral resource statistics for the title year. Information Reports are available digitally, free of charge, from this website. Hard copy orders please see http://www.empr.gov.bc.ca/Mining/Geoscience/PublicationsCatalogue/Pages/PublicationsSales.aspx.
B.C. Mineral Statistics - Annual Summary Tables 1985-1990
The B.C. Mineral Statistics - Annual Summary Tables series was initiated by the Mineral Policy & Evaluation Branch of the Mineral Resources Division with the collaboration of the Energy Resources Division and provides information for the years 1985 through 1990. The Summary Tables contain detailed statistical information on historic mineral production, value, exploration & development expenditures; along with the markets for the commodities and employment or operating statistics starting in 1836.
British Columbia Mineral Output - Statistical Summary 1991-1993
The British Columbia Mineral Output - Statistical Summary series is intended to update the series of provincial statistics on British Columbia's mineral industry production dating back to the 1800's. Its focus is primarily historical and summarises annual statistics from 1980 and on.
B.C. Mineral Quarterly and Mineral Market Update 1982 to 1995
The B.C. Mineral Quarterly was published from 1982 through 1986. The publication contains statistics on production of B.C.’s major mineral commodities (including quantities produced and values and prices received), as well as selected significant events, studies, government initiatives and programs and items of general interest on B.C. mining. These types of statistics and information were published in the Mineral Market Update from 1989 to 1995. For further information regarding mineral statistics, visit the Mineral Statistics site.
BC METAL Historical Metal Production Database 1888-1988
The BC METAL database contains production statistics as reported on the Annual Census of Mines from 1888 to 1988. The database contains information for 1452 metal mines and is available as Microsoft Access tables. To download the database and view reports from the database click this link: BC METAL. Much of this database has been incorporated into the MINFILE mineral occurrence database. Searches and production reports are available at: http://minfile.gov.bc.ca/searchbasic.aspx.
Miscellaneous Reports and Other Links