Representatives from the mining sector, Indigenous groups, policymakers and others participated in the third and final day of the virtual Responsible Minerals and Metals Summit.
The three-day summit was hosted by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation.
“We’re at a crucial point in time when it comes to growing the mining sector in B.C.,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. “This summit is about engaging stakeholders from across sectors, including mining, environmental and finance, to identify emerging opportunities and the innovations needed to further responsible and sustainable mining in B.C.”
While speaking to summit attendees, Ralston highlighted government’s plan to establish a mining innovation hub – a new mandate commitment for the ministry over the next few years. The hub will identify and support further innovation in the sector, provide training for workers to adapt to new technologies and establish regulatory excellence, environmental management and low-carbon approaches.
The summit stems from the recommendations of the 2018 Mining Jobs Task Force. Participants discussed the importance of environmental, social and corporate governance factors in ensuring B.C. remains a world-leading mining jurisdiction. Also highlighted was the role of technology and the potential for new tools to be developed to meet the growing demand from investors and consumers for responsible sourcing and traceability.
The Province is promoting B.C. as a global leader in responsible and sustainable mining to encourage investment in B.C. mines. Current high demand and strong commodity prices for gold and copper, along with nation-leading reconciliation efforts, supply of clean hydroelectricity and a focus on regulatory excellence make British Columbia a good place for new investment.
For more information on the Mining Jobs Task Force, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/mineral-exploration-mining/exploration-in-bc/bc-mining-jobs-task-force