Now that our children have finally returned to school, I would like to offer them a lesson in B.C.â€™s economy that I hope will get them and all of us thinking about future career choices.
For workers in B.C., a job in mining exploration is a low-risk, high-return activity. The industry maintains world-leading health, safety, and environmental standards, and the environmental review processes that govern whether a new mine can go ahead or not are stringent, fair, and science-based.
The $10 billion annual gross revenue of B.C.â€™s mining industry also provides a remarkable 300-to-1 return on investment for the government, based on the cost to the government to support the sector.
In short, mining and exploration are a revenue generator for B.C., and with public support, it will offer high-paying, long-term jobs for generations to come.
Any banker, financial adviser, or even high school student can see that these are numbers to pursue. So letâ€™s keep finding ways to support the mining and exploration sector in B.C. so that our children can continue to choose this industry as a career, one that can support future families, our children, and our grandchildren!
Fred Reemeyer, Coquitlam