Economic Impact

Producing Our Green Economy

Manitoba’s mineral wealth includes deposits of 29 of 31 minerals identified as critical by Natural Resources Canada — ingredients in everything from smartphones and hockey sticks to pacemakers and asphalt, not to mention hybrid vehicles and other green innovations. These minerals are in use all around us, and are essential to modern life here and around the world. Everyone will benefit as Manitoba takes action to become a key global supplier of critical minerals. Learn about some of the most in-demand minerals and their positive attributes below. 

MB Copper

MB Copper is used in the following:

  • Household Tools
  • Plumbing
  • Wires
Mineral Nickel

MB Nickel

MB Nickel is used in the following:

  • Coins
  • Hybrid Vehicles
  • Ovens
Mineral Cesium

MB Cesium

MB Cesium is used in the following:

  • Atomic Clocks
  • Optical Glass
  • Water Treatment
Mineral Lithium

MB Lithium

MB Lithium is used in the following:

  • Batteries
  • Digital Cameras
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Planes
Mineral Zinc

MB Zinc

MB Zinc is used in the following:

  • Cars
  • Paints
  • Sunscreen
Mineral Graphite

MB Graphite

MB Graphite is used in the following:

  • Batteries
  • Car Polish
  • Pencils
Mineral Cobalt

MB Cobalt

MB Cobalt is used in the following:

  • Airbags
  • Batteries
  • Magnets
Mineral Magnesium

MB Magnesium

MB Magnesium is used in the following:

  • Cars
  • Laptops
  • Planes

Creating High-Quality Careers

The mining industry already provides rewarding careers to 3,000 Manitoba workers, supporting individuals, families, and communities across the province. These are high-earning positions with an average salary of $100,000 per year and top-tier benefits including pension plans, community days, and profit-sharing. As our mining industry grows, thousands more of these careers will create community and economic stability for people across Manitoba, including those in northern and Indigenous communities.
Vital Services

Funding Essential Services

People in Manitoba increasingly rely upon essential services, including education and health care. However, ensuring we can meet Manitoba’s needs – today and in the future – is a growing challenge, and new sources of revenue are needed. A more vibrant mining sector has enormous potential to provide stable funding for the services that teach our kids, treat our sick, and address other important social needs.

The $1B mining contributes annually to our economy today is just a fraction of its estimated potential. Expanded economic growth from critical minerals will mean more jobs and investment throughout the province, at the same time generating significant tax revenue to help improve the quality of life for you, your family, and people all across Manitoba.

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A message from our Stakeholders


We’ve been blessed with these world-renowned deposits like the Thompson nickel belt along with lithium, copper, and gold. And I think we’re just getting started.

—Stacy Kennedy, President of the Manitoba Mining Association Inc. (MAMI)


It’s incredibly important for the future of Canada to make sure that we’re utilizing the resources that we have in the best way possible to the maximum benefit of all parties involved.

—Scott Anderson, Vice-President, Exploration for 1911 Gold Corporation.


Manitoba’s mining industry is filled with hard-working individuals who want to make sure they’re doing the right things for the communities and the regions where they work and live.

—Joey Champagne, Operations Director of Tantalum Mining Corporation of Canada Ltd. (TANCO)


Climate and environmental changes are pushing advancements in green technology. Manitoba is well situated to play an important role — I am very excited about the future.

—Tafa Kennedy, Director of Manitoba Geological Survey

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