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Mining Jobs Task Force established in B.C.

Michelle Mungall, Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister, announces a new mining task force. Province of B.C. photo
Michelle Mungall, Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister, announces a new mining task force. Province of B.C. photo

A new B.C. Mining Jobs Task Force has been formed that will review exploration and mining in the province.

“Over the coming months, the B.C. Mining Jobs Task Force will work with First Nations, the mining industry and communities to develop recommendations on possible actions government could take to bring more certainty to the mining sector and create good jobs for people today, tomorrow and beyond,” said Michelle Mungall, Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister, in a press release. “One of our goals with this review is to find ways to ensure mines in B.C. remain viable when commodity prices fluctuate, so that people can keep working and communities can thrive.”

The 12-member task force will include representatives from industry, First Nations, municipal government, an environmental non-governmental organization, labour, post-secondary/training and the financial sector. The task force will submit its final report, including recommendations for legislative and/or regulatory amendments to the minister by Nov. 21, 2018.

“We look forward to working with the government, First Nations and other important stakeholders on the task force to ensure our industry is globally competitive and well positioned to sustain the mining jobs of today and, importantly, create the mining jobs of tomorrow,” said Bryan Cox, president and CEO of MABC. “A strong and thriving B.C. mining industry can continue to play a pivotal leadership role in Canada’s transition to a clean tech, lower-carbon future, for the benefit of B.C. families and workers.”

“We fully support the provincial government’s commitment to the future of mining in British Columbia and the employment it supports,” said Michelle Laurie from the United Steelworkers. “The Mining Jobs Task Force will help government find ways to strengthen the sector, so it’s able to sustain good, accessible jobs and training opportunities for British Columbians, workers and their families throughout the province.”

The Mining Jobs Task Force will look at all aspects of mineral exploration and mining in British Columbia, and provide recommendations to government on measures it might implement to make B.C. the most attractive jurisdiction for investment in this important industry.

Northern representation on the task force will come from Tumbler Ridge Mayor Don McPherson; Regina Saimoto, associate dean for Northwest Community College (NWCC), Eastern Region; and Richard Tremblay, Taseko Gibraltar Mine vice-president and general manager.

At today’s announcement, Mungall also highlighted the B.C. mining flow-through share tax credit, which was extended in Budget 2018. The previous tax credit expired Dec. 31, 2017.

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