Letters: Mining industry a key B.C. player

Discussing growth in B.C., mining must be considered.

Mining industry a key B.C. player

As we start the new year, and discuss growth sectors in B.C. for 2015 and beyond, many people might be quick to underestimate the contribution of mining and exploration.

In 2013, the mining industry added $511 million in direct payments to the province and its various agencies. The number of people working in B.C.’s mining industry also increased in 2013, directly employing 10,720 people.

In the next 10 years, the industry is expected to require a surprising 16,770 new workers to meet the needs of mining expansion and retirements. These are impressive stats for a vital B.C. industry that rarely gets recognized as one of the bedrocks in our economy.

Jesse McClinton

Victoria

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