Mining has played an important part in the history of Canada’s development, from the coal mines of Nova Scotia to the Yukon gold rush. The discovery of nickel, copper, and other minerals was a key factor in the emergence of the Great Lakes Region as the economic engine of both Canada and the United States. Valueadded by the mining industry continues to be a significant part of Canada’s national economy. Export dollars are particularly important. All employment provided by the mining industry and the communities that flourish as a result are of direct importance to a large number of Canadians. The mining industry continues to generate these benefits for Canadians and will remain a large part of Canada’s future economy. As of January 1995, there were 558 producing mining and quarrying establishments operating in Canada (Figure 7.1).
KeywordsZinc Nickel Mercury Chromium Benzene
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.