Mining provides interesting and rewarding career opportunities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Even more positions will be available in the coming years as the industry expands and its relatively older workforce retires. Visit the Mining Industry Human Resource Council (MiHR) for more valuable information on careers in the mining sector.
The below pdf. file "MiHR National Report 2016" outlines MiHR's Canadian Mining Labour Market Outlook.
While there have not been studies conducted specific to the mining sector in NL, the Canadian Mining Industry Human Resources Council has estimated that, even in a baseline scenario, the mining industry in Canada will need to recruit 112,000 people between now and 2021 to satisfy replacement needs and fill new positions. Predictions for significant career opportunities, many in mining, also come from a comprehensive report issued by the province’s Minister of Human Resources Labour and Employment in July, 2011, entitled Labour Market Outlook 2020, available here.
The mining industry welcomes diversity and all new mines in the province have women’s employment plans that are designed to attract women to the non-traditional occupations available to them. The mining industry has also made significant strides in recruiting Aboriginal people to the industry. In Canada, the number of Aboriginal people employed in mining doubled between 1996 and 2006. In our province, over half the workers at the Voisey’s Bay mine are Aboriginal. Many Aboriginal people, particularly in Labrador, also find positions with exploration companies.
Women in Mining: Career Connections Guide
In 2014 Mining Industry NL coordinated the development of the Women in Mining Career Connections information guide. As the first publication of its kind in Newfoundland and Labrador, the guide is a unique educational tool designed for students and teachers at the intermediate, senior high and post-secondary levels.
The information guide includes questions to consider when choosing a career in the province’s mineral resource industry and personal profiles of female workers. The guide also provides a diverse list of career options and other resources to support women with career and employment goals.
The guide is available at http://www.nr.gov.nl.ca/nr/publications/pdf/women_in_mining.pdf
Compensation in the minerals industry is well above average. Statistics Canada estimates that the average weekly earnings for a mining industry worker in Canada in 2011 at $1,436 was 47%, 46%, and 32% higher than the average wages in forestry, manufacturing and construction, respectively.