Mining

— Jul 24, 2018
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Permit Times for Mining Exploration in 2017

Permit Times for Mining Exploration in 2017 finds that investors are losing confidence in the mineral exploration permit process in many Canadian provinces—including British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec—which has grown longer over the past 10 years and less transparent.

— Feb 22, 2018
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Annual Survey of Mining Companies: 2017

The Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2017, rates 91 jurisdictions around the world based on their geologic attractiveness for minerals and metals and the extent to which government policies encourage or deter exploration and investment. This year, Finland ranks as the most attractive jurisdiction in the world for mining investment, followed by Saskatchewan. Quebec and Ontario are rank in the top ten globally.

— Feb 28, 2017
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Annual Survey of Mining Companies: 2016

The Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2016, rates 104 jurisdictions around the world based on a combination of their geologic attractiveness for minerals and metals and their policy attractiveness. This year, Saskatchewan ranks as the top jurisdiction in the world, followed by Manitoba.

— Feb 28, 2017
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Permit Times for Mining Exploration in 2016

Permit Times for Mining Exploration in 2016 finds that Canadian jurisdictions are competitive globally when it comes to approving exploratory mining permits, but some provinces are falling behind, and jurisdictions in the U.S., Australia and Scandinavia are more transparent and offer more certainty to miners in the permitting process.

— Jun 8, 2016
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Annual Survey of Mining Companies: 2015

The Fraser Institute Survey of Mining Companies, 2015, rates 109 jurisdictions around the world based on a combination of their geologic attractiveness for minerals and metals and their policy attractiveness. For the second consecutive year, Saskatchewan ranks as the top jurisdiction in Canada and finishes second worldwide behind Western Australia.

— Feb 23, 2016
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Permit Times for Mining Exploration

Permit Times for Mining Exploration: How Long Are They? is the Fraser Institute’s first ever survey about permit times—the length of time it takes mining companies to get approval for mining exploration. The study compares the efficiency, transparency and certainty of the permitting processes in jurisdictions across Canada, based on the experiences and opinions of mining industry professionals. It finds that permit times for mining exploration are increasing across Canada and especially in Ontario.

Mining Research Experts

  • Associate Professor of Economics, University of Nevada
  • Resident Scholar and Chair in Energy and Environmental Studies, Fraser Institute