October 18, 2018




Concern over proposed changes by Finance Canada
PDAC continues to voice concern over proposed changes to holding corporation GST/HST rules. Finance Canada’s current proposal indicates higher ownership thresholds for subsidiaries (90% versus the current 50%) will be required in order to enable holding corporations to claim tax refunds for GST/HST paid in Canada for subsidiary-related expenses. This change, if enacted, will adversely impact cost structures within the mineral sector. Read the consultation paper along with our response.

Human Resource Development
Call for nominations: Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop
Applications are being accepted for the 13th annual Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW), in Sudbury, May 2019.  This two-week, expense paid workshop exposes upper-year geoscience students to all aspects of the mineral exploration industry. The nomination deadline is December 7. Visit our website  or email [email protected] for more information.
Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award
Applications are now being accepted. This $5,000 award is intended to encourage and support a graduate student in Canada whose thesis embodies the concept of increasing our knowledge of the geological history of Canada through mapping. Apply by December 15.  Learn more 
Joan Bath & Peter Howe Bursary for Advancement in Minerals Industry
PDAC and CSA Global are excited to announce two new bursaries ($3,000 each) for a male and female graduate student in geoscience and engineering in a field related to mining, with at least three years’ industry experience. Applications are due December 1. Read more 
Field trip funding
We are committed to supporting opportunities for students to experience different aspects of their studies in the geosciences. Applications for field trip funding from Canadian post-secondary institutions to support an academic field trip are now being accepted with special emphasis on support for field mapping schools.

Canadian Mining Hall of Fame
Five inductees to join Hall of Fame

PDAC is proud that its nominations of Brian Meikle and James Franklin were accepted for induction into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame. They will be joined by Kate Carmack, James W. Gill, and Sandy Laird. The exceptional careers and achievements of these five people will be celebrated at the 31st Annual Dinner and Induction Ceremony in Toronto on January 10, 2019. Learn more about the inductees and their accomplishments. 

PDAC Board of Directors nominations

The Board is responsible for the overall governance and stewardship of the association and represents the full spectrum of professions making up the minerals industry. Directors are elected at the annual meeting in March and serve a three-year term. November 15 is the deadline to apply.  

Regulatory Affairs
PDAC continues to engage on Bill C-68

PDAC made a submission on the approach to a key regulation under the proposed fish and fish habitat provisions of the Fisheries Act consultation paper. In this submission we provided commentary around authorization regulations, habitat credits, and more. 


PDAC Convention
Events at a Glance
Look for PDAC at these upcoming events:
Thanks for helping us make the Top 100
The #PDAC2018 Convention ranked 7th in the Trade Show & Convention category of the BizBash 2018 Top 100 Events in Canada list. Every year, BizBash researches events throughout North America, continually looking to recognize the most influential annual gatherings across the country. Thank you for helping us make the list. 
Out now, Core (Fall 2018)
Our latest issue of Core Magazine includes an inside look at S-IMEW 2018, our new strategic plan to lead the sector forward, recommendations for Budget 2019, as well as all your PDAC 2019 Convention news and highlights. Available to read on our website