Copper Mining Industry

Canadian Natural Resources

Where is it?

Copper is widespread in Canada, however, areas where the metal is concentrated enough to be mined profitably are limited. British Columbia is the largest copper-producing

How Much is Produced?

Canadian mine production of copper totaled 729 million kg. Canada's annual mine production of copper exceeds 600 000 tonnes and refined copper production is over 500 000 tonnes Canada is the fifth-largest mine producer of copper in the world.

Work Wages in Canadian Dollars

average Canadian Mine wages (in Canadian dollars):

Surface mines

  • Electrician = 37.84
  • Mechanic = 37.08
  • Surface drill operator = 38.06
  • Heavy equipment operator = 34.74
  • Laborer = 27.95

Underground Mines

  • Electrician = 38.83
  • Mechanic = 37.3
  • Miner = 33.89
  • Underground drill operator = 34.26
  • Underground laborer = 27.18

The range of wages is large. Consider the range for Mill Operators:

  • Mill equipment operator = 24.57 to 58.46 with an average of 35.60
  • Mill laborer = 19.65 to 42.25 with an average of 29.45

And wages vary across the country. Here are averages for eastern versus western surface mine folk�

  • Electrician = 32.80 vs 40.74
  • Mechanic = 32.42 vs 39.81
  • Dragline operator = 33.27 vs 39.14
  • Laborer = 24.74 vs 29.55

Additional Information

Copper Mining happens daily all across Canada.The mining industry contributes greatly to Canada’s economic strength. The industry employs 418,000 workers across the country in mineral extraction, smelting, fabrication and manufacturing. The industry’s $52.6 billion contribution to Canada’s gross domestic product in 2014 included $20.5 billion in mineral extraction, and over $32 billion in mineral processing and manufacturing.
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