Mining is one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest and oldest industries, and a major contributor to the economy of our province, especially in rural areas. More than fifteen mineral commodities have been produced or mined in the province. Five metal mines currently produce iron ore, nickel, copper, cobalt and gold. Other operations mine pyrophyllite, limestone and dolomite, amongst other commodities. Our mining and mineral exploration companies directly provide high-paying jobs to more than 7000 men and women throughout the Province. Expenditures by these companies find their way into all corners of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Industry Overview

Newfoundland and Labrador has a large and diversified minerals industry that provides a wide variety of commodities to the world market. This industry ranges from world class iron and nickel mines which supply the steel industry, to producers of industrial stone such as granite, slate and limestone used for building construction and aggregate. For current information on the province’s mining industry, go to: Mining Overview

The province also hosts a vigorous mineral exploration sector, including many locally-based companies and individuals who provide expertise and financing to seek the next generation of mineral wealth. Exploration for base and precious metals and industrial minerals is conducted throughout the province, and provides a useful source of employment in rural areas, as well as the potential for new industrial growth.

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