Pierre Gratton of the Mining Association of B.C. says “We’re on the cusp of some very exciting times in our province.”
Already, mining in B.C. provides $8 billion dollars to the GDP and direct employment for 14 thousand people and indirect jobs for 35 thousand more.
Gratton says the new injection of mines on the horizon in B.C., will not only support communities hit by the mountain beetle, it will reverse the province’s trade imbalance and B.C. may begin to export as much as it imports.