November 22, 2018





Celebrating Government's five-year METC renewal 
Canada’s Minister of Finance, the Honourable Bill Morneau, announced in the 2018 Fall Economic Statement that the government will renew the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit (METC) for five years. This is the first multi-year renewal of the METC since its inception in 2000—something PDAC has long championed and advocated for. We applaud the Government of Canada for taking steps to enhance the competitiveness of Canada’s mineral sector, and thank our members and stakeholders for helping us achieve this victory. Learn more

Don’t miss this member-only webinar 

PDAC’s inaugural webinar on Flow-through Shares (FTS) will provide insight into this innovative financing tool that helped pave the way for some of Canada’s greatest discoveries. The FTS regime, enhanced by the METC, has played an essential role in attracting investment for exploration companies operating in Canada. This free, one-hour webinar on November 29, will provide an overview of basic FTS principles for both investors and exploration companies, as well as tips on how to avoid pitfalls in planning and reporting exploration spending. Register now

PDAC 2019 Awards
Six outstanding performers announced

Industry leaders in six categories will be recognized with a prestigious PDAC Award for their outstanding contributions to the mineral exploration and mining sector. Recipients will be honoured at an Awards Gala & After Party in Toronto on March 5 during the PDAC Convention.

Congratulations to the PDAC 2019 Award Recipients:

  • Peregrine Diamonds Ltd, Chidliak Diamond District (Bill Dennis Award)
  • Donald Bubar (Distinguished Service Award)
  • NexGen Energy Ltd. (Environmental & Social Responsibility Award)
  • Gordon Maxwell (Skookum Jim Award)
  • Cardinal Resources Limited, Namdini Gold Project (Thayer Lindsley Award)
  • Nemaska Lithium Inc. (Viola R. MacMillan)
More information about recipients and the stories behind their awards will be available on our website and social media accounts over coming weeks. Keep an eye out! 

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 in May 2019. The 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. 
Graduate student awards
Applications are being accepted for the Mary-Claire Ward Geoscience Award and the Joan Bath and Peter Howe Bursary for Advancement in the Mineral Industry. Applications close December 15 and December 1, respectively. Learn more
Students, save money at #PDAC2019 Convention
PDAC has set up a Convention Travel Fund to help student groups cover the costs of getting to Toronto. Funding is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline to apply for funding is February 1. Learn more 
Call for abstracts: PDAC-SEG Student Minerals Colloquium 
All students (BSc, MSc, PhD) working on projects with a link to mineral deposits (e.g. mapping, mineralogy, geochemistry, geophysics, environmental, hydrogeology, etc.) are encouraged to submit a poster to the 10th annual PDAC-SEG Student Minerals Colloquium at the PDAC 219 Convention on March 5. Learn more 

Shape the next generation of Canada’s mining workforce
Hiring post-secondary students or recent graduates? You could receive a subsidy up to $12,000 thanks to the Mining Industry Human Resource Council’s (MiHR) wage subsidy programs, Gearing Up and Green Jobs. Gearing Up provides funding to employers who create new work-integrated learning opportunities for students, such as co-ops, internships and applied projects. Green Jobs placements for recent graduates must be between six to 12 months in duration, related to STEM, and have a focus on clean technology and innovation. 

New way for immigrants to connect with Ontario's mining industry
MiHR, in collaboration with the Toronto Regional Immigrant Employment Council and Professions North/Nord, has launched the Mining Professional Immigrant Network (M-PIN), an online and in-person networking group that adapts, tests, and evaluates innovative engagement methods to better integrate immigrant talent into Ontario’s mining industry. Learn more or email [email protected] to sign up today. 

Be sure to stay up to date with all PDAC student activities on our Facebook and Twitter pages! 

Supreme Court opens door to cooperative securities regulator

In an appeal by the Quebec Government regarding the Capital Markets Regulatory Authority (CMRA), the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution allows federal, provincial and territorial governments to work together to regulate securities trading under a single, unified system. The ruling cleared a major setback for the establishment of the CMRA, which PDAC has supported from its original conception, as a way to improve capital market efficiencies across Canada. Learn more

PDAC Convention
Events at a Glance
Look for PDAC at these upcoming events:
A picture is worth 1,000 followers
Thanks for being a part of our visual journey and helping us share the important stories of Canada’s mineral industry. Our Instagram account has proudly reached 1,000 followers. Follow us today
PDAC President gets top honour
Congratulations to PDAC President Glenn Mullan, who was honoured with the prestigious Hector Authier Award as part of Xplor 2018!