Prince George is a supply and service hub for local and regional mines. Approximately 20% of northern BC's employment in the mining sector is located in Prince George, with a similar percentage of businesses focused primarily on mining or mining operations support.
Local and regional mining activities rely on Prince George companies to provide the following services:
- Equipment rentals
- Environmental assessment and preservation
- Equipment manufacturing and fabrication
- Transportation and warehousing
- Mine development and maintenance
- Professional and technical
- Camp supply
The number of people employed in the mining sector in BC has more than doubled over the last 10 years from 14,700 to 30,000. The value of mining products in BC during 2013 was estimated at $8.0 billion and BC has the largest concentration of exploration companies and geoscience professionals anywhere in the world – more than half of Canada's exploration and mining companies are based in BC.
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Mining-related business opportunities in Prince George include:
- Construction and mine development
- Engineering and professional
- Environmental impact assessment
- Workforce, education and training
- Transportation and logistics
- Equipment rental, storage and maintenance
The number of Prince George firms providing mining operation support increased by 61.5% from 2008 to 2012. Providing logistics support to the mining sector of northern BC, Prince George offers:
- Access to road, rail, and air infrastructure, supporting the movement of raw and finished goods, heavy equipment and workforce
- A large number of construction, trucking, equipment rental, exploration, environmental assessment and parts supplier companies
- Close proximity to major operating mines, including Mount Milligan, Endako, and Gibraltar
- Access to a CN Intermodal Facility, enabling the movement of mining products to Port Metro Vancouver and the Port of Prince Rupert
- Access to the Prince George International Airport, enabling the movement of workforce and hauling of heavy equipment
- Access to automotive maintenance and parts for heavy machinery
- Access to storage of parts and machinery
View our Business Directory to search for current businesses in the Prince George area.
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Education and training
The BC mining industry will need more than 15,000 new workers over the next decade. Training and education related to the mining industry is available locally through University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and College of New Caledonia (CNC).
Industry partnerships for training and development needs also strengthen the mining industry workforce, such as Mount Milligan partnerships with CNC for workforce development and training.
Lower cost of living and close proximity to major mines attracts skilled employees to Prince George and the growing number of entrepreneurs adds more people to the workforce for mine development and maintenance.
Mining industry resources
The following links provide more information about the mining sector in and around the City of Prince George area: