May 17, 2020

Northern Canada's future mining workforce finds home in new $8.3m mining centre

Yukon college
northern canada
Canadian Mining
Dale Benton
2 min
Northern Canada's future mining workforce finds home in new $8.3m mining centre
Northern Canadas future generation of skilled miners have found a new home with the unveiling of the $8.3million Centre for Northern Innovation in Minin...

 Northern Canada’s future generation of skilled miners have found a new home with the unveiling of the $8.3million Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining (CNIM) building at Yukon College.

Launched in 2013, CNIM aims to provide services to industry and training for students with state-of-the-art facilities, mobile classrooms and high-tech simulators. Through its close access to working mine sites, reclamation and mineral exploration areas students can gain real-world experience.

“CNIM looks to work with industry to provide the best training to maximize opportunities for northerners in the region’s labour market” says Shelagh Rowles, Executive Director.

Through the CNIM, Yukon hopes to build a future of a highly skilled workforce, a stronger economy through greater opportunity, and a more efficient, sustainable mineral industry.

“This ground-breaking programming will enhance the training experience for local students which will help the Yukon resource sector be the most technologically innovative that it can be. The Government of Canada is proud to support the Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining at Yukon College - support that will help to advance Canada’s economic competitiveness,” said Minister Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.

“The Yukon government is proud to invest in the development and operations of this new facility to train the next generation of skilled trades workers who will be ready to bring innovative ideas and practices to the mining sector.” Premier Darrell Pasloski said at the launch.

  • The full cost of the project, including construction and fittings was $8.3million
  • Most of the workers who worked on the construction were grafuates from the Yukon College
  • The bulding contains a multi-use shop which has a unique large door to facilitate access for large equipment and structures.
  • Programming at the centre will include - Heavy Equipment Technician, Introduction to Underground and Surface Mining, Environmental Monitoring, Carpentry, Electrician, Pipe Trades, Welding, Geology Technology, Air Rotary Drill Helper, Trades Exploration, plus trades and technology areas as suggested by industry.
  • 172 students have benefitted from CNIM programming since its creation in 2013.
  • Research conducted in partnership by CNIM and the Yukon Research Centre has focused on water remediation techniques as well as using native plants to assist with mine remediation for Canada’s North. Yukon's NSERC Industrial Research Chair, Dr. Amelie Janin is working closely with the Mine Research Consortium made up of five of Yukon’s mining companies to solve northern challenges in the mining industry.


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May 14, 2021

Copper production from top ten companies to increase by 3.8%

First Quantum
2 min
Following a marginal slump in copper production due to COVID-19, output from top ten companies set to rise up to 3.8% in 2021 reveals GlobalData analysis

Copper production from the world’s top companies is set to increase by up to 3.8% this year, following a fall of 0.2% in 2020, GlobalData analysis reveals. Last year’s marginal slump saw production drop to 11.76 million tonnes (Mt).


The initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mining operations was immense, however, six of the ten largest copper producers succeeded in increasing output last year. In 2021, copper production from the top ten copper companies is expected to bounce back, rising by up to 3.8%, to reach 12.2Mt, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. 

First Quantum

The highest increase in copper production was by Canada’s First Quantum, which, despite all the challenges, reported 10.4% growth in 2020. The company’s Sentinel mine in Zambia and Cobre Panama were key contributors to this growth. While the latter remained under care and maintenance between April and August 2020, it delivered record production levels during the subsequent months.



Codelco, the world’s largest producer of the red metal used in electric vehicles, also bucked the trend.

Vinneth Bajaj, Associate Project Manager at GlobalData, commented: “Despite Codelco reporting over 3,400 active cases during July 2020, the company achieved 1.2% growth in its production in 2020. The company implemented a four-phase plan, as part of the COVID-19 measures, to ensure the health and safety of its employees, while also avoiding any significant impact to its copper output.” 

Freeport McMoRan

Although the overall impact was minimal, declines in production were observed from Glencore (8.2%), Antofagasta (4.7%), BHP (3.9%) and Freeport McMoRan (1.3%). Reduced operational workforces due to COVID-19 measures, lower ore grades and production halts due to maintenance were the key disruptors to output during 2020.

Electric Vehicles

The move towards electric vehicles and clean energy from renewables sources such as solar panels and wind turbines has driven the copper price to all-time highs. Copper has been among the best performers over the last month where metals ranging from aluminum to iron ore have surged to their highest prices in years. The rally is being fueled by stimulus measures, near-zero interest rates and signs that economies are recovering from the global pandemic. 



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