British Columbia has the largest mining sector in Canada with more than 1,200 mineral exploration and mining companies, including 18 mines operating in the province. Mining in B.C. is steady as 2016 saw $205 million spent on mineral exploration expenditures in the province, compared to only $32 million in 2001. The mining sector employs over 38,155 people in British Columbia.

Mining is a very important part of the Thompson-Nicola’s regional economy. According to Statistics Canada, in the TNRD, trades related directly to mining make up just less than 15% of the total employment base, the provincial average is 9%. The TNRD has two active metal mines; Highland Valley Copper Mine and New Gold Mine. There are three proposed metal mines; Ruddock Creek zinc/lead mine, Harper Creek (primarily copper) Mine, and Ajax Copper-Gold Mine. Please visit the specific project profiles for more information on these mines and proposed mines.

British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources

The government of BC Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources is the government’s main representation in the mining industry. The ministry’s focus is on the BC Jobs Plan, which includes opening new markets and building relationships with overseas investors to protect and create jobs in the province.

There are three goals that the Ministry is focused on completing. The first commitment is to make life more affordable for B.C. residents by containing costs and service fees. Secondly, to deliver the services that people count on and, finally, to build a strong, sustainable, innovative economy that works for everyone.

There are six components that the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources is working to achieve through these goals. The ministry wants to create a roadmap for the future of B.C. energy, reinvigorate the Innovative Clean Energy Fund, freeze BC Hydro rates while undertaking a comprehensive review of the organization, develop an improved resource approvals process to assess mining applications, and ensure residents benefit from LNG projects.

More information about the BC Jobs Plan can be found in their Mining Strategy document.

The BC Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources hosts a map of operating mines and select major exploration projects map on their website.

The BC Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources website also highlights contact information, employment openings, contracts that are up for bidding, and links to other non-government websites.

Mining Industry Human Resources Council

The Mining Industry Human Resources Council's (MiHR) approach to addressing the human resources challenges in the Canadian mining industry is simple, yet innovative and highly effective—work together, bring the best ideas to the table for the benefit of all, and utilize available resources wisely. This dynamic process promotes the sharing of best practices, leveraging of programs that work, and working together on common challenges.

By working with MiHR, individuals are choosing to collaborate with other industry stakeholders in developing targeted solutions that will benefit their organization and the mining industry as a whole.

The human resources challenges facing the Canadian mining industry include:

  • Matching supply and demand for workers
  • Attracting and retaining workers
  • Lack of skills recognition
  • Labour mobility
  • Increased competition for top talent among industrial sectors and countries
  • Lack of labour market information

The Mining Industry Human Resources Council's website is a wealth of information about the mining industry in Canada. It has a portal dedicated to Aboriginal engagement in mining that has a comprehensive list of every mining organization in the country.

For more information about MiHR, and their work in mining in B.C. visit their website:

Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia

The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AMEBC) represents 4,800 members including geoscientists, prospectors, engineers, entrepreneurs, exploration companies, suppliers, mineral producers, and associations who are engaged in mineral exploration and development in B.C. and throughout the world.

The Association for Mineral Exploration BC has three areas in which it is directing its focus. First, AMEBC is developing and sharing information that discusses the impacts of land use designations in British Columbia, as well as discussing industry-related issues with the government. Second, the association is working with government to be more consistent in their efforts to coordinate and improve permitting processes and consultation timelines with aboriginal communities. Part of this goal is to help the government implement an online permit tracking information system for notice of work applications, as well as to support the major projects and investment initiatives being developed in the province. The final area of focus is to increase knowledge and understanding of the industry, and specifically low impact mineral exploration, to the general public and government.

The Association for Mineral Exploration BC website has information on the associations policy and history, as well as up-to-date industry news. Also available is an online library of industry related publications and resources.

Benefits to becoming a member of the Association for Mineral Exploration BC include complimentary listing in the online directory, corporate recognition in the AMEBC newsletter, exclusive discounts, access to AMEBC’s library of industry-related publications and more.

The website also has a Job Board for those looking for work, as well as companies looking to post current openings.

The Mining Association of British Columbia

The Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC) represents the collective needs and interests of operating coal, metal and industrial mineral mining companies.  MABC provides member companies with services including: participation in key government/industry committees, updates on regulatory change, access to meetings that provide the opportunity to exchange information among members, joint industry action on issues of common concern, and the availability of staff expertise on the areas of greatest interest.

The Mining Association of British Columbia liaises with government legislators, lobbies for regulatory advancement and publicly promotes the economic and social value of mining. Its goal is to help clear the public and political paths essential to the industry's future growth and development.

There is detailed information regarding mining as a career on the MABC website, including descriptions of positions, education availability, and co-op programs for post-secondary students interested in working in the field. Also on the website is an outline of MABC’s policies, and a resource centre that has a variety of publications, presentations, speeches and more.

The Mining Association of British Columbia website has an interactive map highlighting all the current mining operations at every stage through British Columbia. The map also provides links to company websites.

The Mining Association job board is a hub for individuals looking to gain employment, or for companies looking to highlight openings. The page has postings for each level of positions, from accounting, administration and human resources, to engineering, maintenance and operations, and everything in between.

First Nations Energy & Mining Council

The First Nations Energy and Mining Council operates under the authority of First Nations to support and facilitate their efforts to manage and develop energy and mineral resources in ways that protect and sustain the environment forever while enhancing the social, cultural, economic and political well being of First Nations in British Columbia.

The British Columbia First Nations Energy and Mining Council (FNEMC) was established in 2006 by B.C. First Nations leaders. The chiefs of the First Nations Summit (FNS), Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) and BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) passed resolutions to develop a BC First Nations Energy Action Plan in 206 and BC First Nations Mining Exploration and Mining Plan in 2008. Both action plans involved the input and feedback from over 200 B.C. First Nations leaders and delegates to provide direction to the creation of the action plans and role of FNEMC.

To read FNEMC’s action plans and to learn more about their organization visit its website:

Mining Suppliers BC

The Mining Suppliers Association of B.C. (MSABC) is a non-profit association, affiliated with the Mining Association of British Columbia. It is comprised of suppliers, contractors and consultants to the B.C. mining industry who are committed to promoting the sustainability of this valuable resource. The MSABC website hosts an in depth directory of all its members, allowing for ease of contact with any resource.

Geoscience BC

Geoscience BC is an industry-led, not-for-profit, applied geoscience organization. Geoscience BC works in partnership with industry, academia, government, First Nations, and communities to fund applied geoscience projects with the objective to attract mineral and oil & gas exploration to British Columbia.

Geoscience BC's mandate includes the collection, interpretation, and delivery of geoscience data and expertise, to promote investment in resource exploration and development in British Columbia.

Many of Geoscience BC’s projects are identified through a process of requests for proposals (RFP). They have two main RFP's: open requests for any applied or innovative geoscience projects that will attract investment in exploration in BC; and targeted requests that are more directed proposals to undertake specific work, or calls for bids on specific surveys, in order to achieve some of our program objectives. In all cases, Geoscience BC seeks collaborative and partnership projects that come with supportive funding. Projects funded include newly collected geoscience data, new ideas and new technologies, compilations and reprocessing of existing data, and applications of existing technologies in new areas.

The Geoscience BC website has extensive information for the industry including raw data, maps, and viewing/analysis tools. Additionally, there is also information about current Geoscience BC projects and previous publications and news updates.

Those interested in pursuing a career with Geoscience BC are recommended to visit their Careers page.

The Miner’s Manual

The Miner’s Manual is an extensive web resource and directory site focused directly at the mining industry. It has up-to-date industry news, press releases, and mining commodity prices. The website also has a properties page, showcasing properties available for purchase.

One of the most significant features of the website is its directory, a highly extensive international directory showcasing mining and drilling companies, equipment suppliers, technical and support services, professional services ranging from accounting and consulting to legal connections and mining associations and more.

Thompson Nicola Drilling and Exploration Services

Radius Drilling

Radius Drilling has surface diamond drilling experience in Central America, South America, The Dominican Republic, Africa, and Canada. It specializes in drilling permafrost in the Northwest Territories

Radius diamond drills have capabilities to HQ (96 mm diameter hole) to 800ft, NQ (75.7 mm diameter hole) to 2000ft, and BQ (60 mm diameter hole) to 2800ft.

Radius drills weigh less than 1000 pounds, thus making transportability easy with most small helicopters. Radius drills are designed to access remote locations that many other drills are unable to access.

Contact details and career application information is available on the Radius Drilling website.

Kamloops Exploration Group Society

The Kamloops Exploration Group is a registered, volunteer-run, non-profit society that generally promotes and supports the interests of mining and prospecting for minerals, metals and petroleum. KEG is led by an elected 12-member volunteer board and now has several thousand members.

Geotech Drilling Services

Geotech Drilling Services is an international diamond drilling service company. Geotech offers a wide range of services including geotechnical drilling, exploration, environmental drilling, hydrogeological drilling, and geothermal drilling.

Geotech Drilling has four different heliportable rigs, seven track mount rigs and three truck mount rigs. Its heliportable rigs are capable of completing deep hole drilling, up to 1400 meters NQ-sized drilling (75.7 mm diameter). Each of its heliportable models has different advantages, and as such can be more suited to different drilling jobs, whether it is mud rotary, air rotary, coring, difficult terrain or deep hole drilling. Geotech’s track mount rigs are able to perform in numerous drilling sectors, including air rotary, reverse circulation, auguring, coring, geotechnical investigation and more. Some track mount models are also equipped with remote operation control, allowing for safe mobilization in any condition. The truck mount models are designed for easy and swift transportation. The truck mounts are designed for quick and safe drill stem tripping, and are proficient in air rotary, mud rotary and coring.

Comprehensive information about each of Geotech Drilling’s rigs can be found on their website.

Geotech Drilling’s website has details about each of its drilling services and rigs. There are also quote estimates and project evaluations available online, as well as examples of previously completed projects.

Interested in becoming part of Geotech Drilling Services? Visit their Jobs page.

ROCK Group of Companies

ROCK is a dynamic drilling and blasting company located across Canada. ROCK specializes in all applications of drilling and blasting, it works on road and highway construction, quarry and mine production, infrastructure foundations, and hydro electric development as well as specialty drilling applications.

ROCK is a well-disciplined professional company with over 50 years of combined experience in rock excavation. Based out of Kamloops, ROCK has worked in most of the major mines in B.C. and many across the country. ROCK Group of Companies prides itself on providing safe, efficient, and guaranteed service.

For more information of ROCK Group of Companies, to contact them or to search for employment opportunities visit its website:


Dumas is a leading international mining and energy services provider, and one of few select companies able to provide both underground and surface mining services. Dumas offers a diverse and integrated suite of services to clients through the Americas, Africa and Asia. From concept to completion, its services cover the complete project lifecycle. This includes site development and infrastructure, mine construction, production mining and specialty engineering services.

With an extensive fleet of high quality production equipment, Dumas can meet the demands of any project in any location, on the surface and underground. DUMAS strives to complete projects ahead of schedule and on budget by leveraging decades of operational expertise to ensure that its always meets its clients' needs across a variety of operational conditions.

With an established record of delivering effective solutions, Dumas continuously provides innovative and superior service for clients leverages its expertise to help clients achieve their goals tailors its services to meet and exceed clients’ expectation is dedicated to fulfilling our clients’ engineering and operating needs

To learn more about services offered by DUMAS or to seek employment visit its website:

Thompson Nicola Mine Suppliers


Intequip Mining Sales & Services Ltd., located in Kamloops, B.C., Canada, has been dealing internationally for more than 20 years. Intequip's main focus is in the purchasing of entire fleets of used haul trucks, loaders, shovels, and drills for the purpose of both re-sale and decommission, to market all parts and major components. Intequip operates out of Canada into many countries around the globe.

It has been providing mobile mechanical/ welding services for the past few years to customers in the mining, forestry and construction business. With mines opening and closing around the country, Intequip feels that there is a market for the services it provides and has therefore been very successful in the Thompson Nicola area.

To learn more about services offered by Intequip visit their website:

Exminda Corp

Exminda Corp. provides services from the beginning of exploration to operations. The company uses Gemcom as its main mining software, augmented with Autocad and GIS for mapping and presentations. In exploration, Exminda can assist with data management and section creation, in conjunction with clients’ project geologist. In advanced projects, Exminda can be part of clients’ scoping study and feasibility team, providing mine design options. During operations, Exminda can provide tailored operational solutions to mining problems.

For more information on the services Exminda Corp can offer please visit their website:

LYNUM-Progressive Industries

Lynum - Progressive Industries (LPI) commenced operations in 1977, specializing in the sale and service of engineered products for mining, aggregate, pulp and paper and power generation. The territory served is all of Canada including the Yukon and Northwest Territories. LPI’s head office is in Surrey, B.C. with branch offices in Kamloops, B.C. Edmonton, AB, Saskatoon, SK. Its products range from large capital equipment items to distributor items and wear parts carried in inventory.

For more information on the services LYNUM-Progressive Industries can offer please visit their website:

There are many manufacturing companies that can provide extensive mining support in the TNRD. Please visit the Manufacturing Sector Profile for resources that will help to find the wide range of services available in the region.