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Canadian Mineral Exploration HR Outlook

Mineral exploration is the first stage of the mining process and requires collaboration between multiple stakeholders to be successful. MiHR partnered with the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) to conduct a pilot study on the exploration industry, and provide valuable information about the least-understood labour market in the mining industry.
This research will support industry stakeholders in creating strategies to increase the sector’s ability to engage new pools of talent in mineral exploration. 

This national survey is the first step in a larger strategy that incorporates learning from all stakeholders in our sector – not just mining extraction – enabling us to better understand and address labour market issues related to the entire mining cycle.

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Unearthing Possibilities: Human Resources Challenges and Opportunities in the Canadian Mineral Exploration Sector 


In 2011 PDAC collaborated with the Mining Industry Human Resource Council (MiHR) to produce Unearthing Possibilities, a report that provided reliable, relevant and timely labour market information to support strategic workforce planning and to simulate a proactive approach to the Human Resources (HR) challenges facing the mineral exploration sector. 

Industry consultation revealed several HR challenges and opportunities under the headings of career awareness and attraction, recruitment and retention. 

MiHR Unearthing Possibilities (Full Report)

MiHR Unearthing Possibilities (Executive Summary)

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Effects of Field Experience on Recruitment and Retention of Geoscientists in Canadian Mineral Exploration

As a  follow up to Unearthing Possibilities, PDAC and MiHR conducted this research study to investigate the impacts of post-secondary field experience on the flow, recruitment and retention of talent from education in the geosciences to the mineral exploration industry. 

This research followed on recommendations from Unearthing Possibilities, where employers articulated that the most challenging positions to fill within the exploration sector were geoscience positions, and for all positions that require field work a lack of field experience persists as the number one challenge in filling those vacancies.

Effects of Field Experience on Recruitment and Retention (Full Report)