New reports made by the Mining Association of Canada (MAC), have shown high levels of support for its work, highlighting the widespread understanding of how important Canadian mining is within the country so it can reach a low carbon future.   

MAC has worked alongside Abacus data for the last 12 years to access public opinion on the Canadian mining sector. This year, they have said that support is at an all-time high with 80% reporting that they have a positive feeling about the extraction of minerals.  

A further 79% have said that mining companies operating in Canada give an acceptable performance in their efforts while another 88% believe that it is important for governments to support Canadian companies to bring investment to the country. 

“This year’s polling data clearly shows that Canadians are becoming increasingly aware of the fact that the minerals and metals industry is a key partner in accomplishing our goal of a greener future,” said Pierre Gratton, President and CEO of MAC. 

“As one of the lowest carbon-intensity producers of mineral and metal products in the world there is no doubt that Canada fulfills the need for mined materials better than most competing mining jurisdictions and we are pleased to see this recognition by the public at large.” 

The mining industry is a major sector of the Canadian economy, contributing $107 billion to the national GDP and is responsible for 19 percent of Canadas total exports. The mining sector, therefore, offers great economic benefits and well-paying jobs for members of communities across the country. 

Impressions have been said to be improving as more people are able to see the impact of commitments made by companies to reduce CO2 emissions, and the promising future they have in the global economy that is looking to decarbonise.