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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

Mineral Exploration Expenditure Time Series

 

 

In general the B.C. Government quotes the current year and sometimes the last two years of spending from B.C. Provincial Geoscience Statistics and the historical record prior to that from the National Exploration Survey.

 

 

 

The National Exploration Survey

  • Completed twice annually led by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).
  • Surveys are rigorously conducted and documented to Statistics Canada's standard and NRCan's General Model of Resource Development and Mining Process.
  • Results are submitted to Statistics Canada as the official record of exploration spending for Canada's Chart of Accounts.
  • Survey terms are rigorously defined.

The B.C. Provincial Geoscience Statistics

  • Estimates are updated from February to December through B.C.'s Mineral Development Office in Vancouver and the Regional Geologists.
  • MEM staff monitor the pulse of exploration from verbal reports, company geologists, site visits and permit applications.

 

Mineral Exploration Expenditures
1947 to 2013  (C$ millions)
Year National Exploration B.C. Provincial
 Survey a Geoscience Statistics b
2013 632.0i
2012 734.1e 680

2011

645.1 463
2010 374.4 322
2009 217.1 154
2008 435.4 367
2007 470.6 416
2006 344.2 265
2005 218.1 220
2004 151.9 130
2003 62.5 55
2002 39.2 40
2001 29.1 32
2000 35.9 30
1999 41.3 25
1998 54.5 38
1997 115.2 80
1996 104.9 105
1995 79.4 78
1994 85.0 98
1993 66.0 66
1992 71.6 72
1991 135.7 136
1990 226.5 227
1989 186.6 187
1988 227.6 230
1987 151.9 143
1986 84.3 84
1985 99.6 100
1984 123.5 124
1983 107.8 108
1982 106.4 106
1981 188.7 189
1980 157.5 158
1979 81.9 82
1978 57.7 58
1977 43.9 83
1976 38.5 50
1975 37.3 42
1974 34.9 34
1973 42.6 42
1972 38.2 42
1971 40.4 44
1970 52.4
1969 43.0
1968 35.2
1967 32.9
1966 23.7
1965 24
1964 13.2
1963 10.9
1962 7.9
1961 5.1
1960 4.9
1959 3.3
1958 3.4
1957 4.3
1956 4.7
1955 1.7
1954 1.6
1953 1.9
1952 1.9
1951 1.3
1950 1.0
1949 1.3
1948 0.8
1947 0.9

Source:
 Natural Resources Canada, Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM)
   Details of exploration expenditures covered in the National Exploration Survey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Natural Resources Canada, Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM)

 

Comment: Graph compares all nominal $ expenditures from table above.  Note current upward trend in exploration expenditures.

           
 

 

 

Source: Natural Resources Canada, Ministry of Energy and Mines.

 

Comment: Consumer Price Index available from 1947.

 

 

Symbols:
a  =  National Exploration Survey - fieldwork & overheads & engineering, economic & pre- or production feasibility studies, environment & land access
b  =  Exploration expenditure estimates by MEMPR geoscientists
e  = Revised estimated exploration spending by Natural Resource Canada at September 2013

i

= Revised spending intentions by Natural Resource Canada at September 2013

     

 

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Last updated September 2013