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The issue of human resources in Canada’s mineral industry came to the fore in August 2005 when the findings of a sector study showed that the industry would face a serious skills shortage over the next decade. Prospecting the Future: Meeting Human Resource Challenges in the Minerals and Metals Industry reported that up to 81,000 new people would be needed to meet current and future human resource needs and to fill positions vacated by retirees. Recruitment of new workers to the industry and skills development of the existing workforce would be critical to the sustainability of the industry. The report pointed out too that the unprecedented skilled worker shortage was also the result of fewer young people choosing careers in exploration and mining.

The PDAC’s board of directors has discussed initiating a comprehensive program with a particular emphasis on attracting students to careers in exploration and ensuring that they receive appropriate levels of education and training. In the fall of 2006, the association formalized this by identifying the human resources challenge as one of its four priority areas. Goals and objectives for attracting new people to Canada’s exploration sector have been approved by the board, and at the time of writing (April 2007) action plans and performance criteria were being generated. Once developed, these will be posted on this site.

Related websites
PDAC’s website for students 
Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR)

Human Resources Issues Threaten Canada’s Mineral Exploration Supremacy 

Canada’s position as the global leader in mineral exploration is at risk because of a human resources triple threat, according to a study released today by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) and the Mining Industry Human Resources (MiHR) Council. 

Unearthing Possibilities:  Human Resources Challenges and Opportunities in the Canadian Mineral Exploration Sector says Canada’s mineral exploration industry faces challenges on three critical fronts:  a lack of awareness about the exploration sector and its many related career opportunities; a thinning labour pool that is affecting companies’ recruitment efforts; and attrition that sees many versatile, multi-skilled professionals leave the sector in mid-career. 

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