With programs like Gender Equity in Mining Works (GEM Works) helping remove barriers, women are becoming an ever-larger part of the Canadian mining workforce.
Canadian mining projects depend on partnerships with Indigenous communities – partnerships that have led mining to be the largest private sector employer of Indigenous peoples in Canada. The Mining Essentials work readiness program helps train Indigenous peoples to work in mining.
The Canadian mining industry depends on the skills of professionals from around the world, including recent newcomers. The Mining Industry Human Resources Council has developed programs to help new Canadians develop skills and contacts to work in the industry, as well as diversity and inclusion programs to help the industry attract and retain a more diverse workforce.
Encouraging young people who are pursuing an education to look to mining as a career is critical to the success of the Canadian mining sector. The Gearing Up program helps mining companies provide work integrated-learning placements for Canadian students.