PDAC advocates for federal, provincial and territorial governments to put in place an enabling environment for companies to responsibly discover and develop deposits of the minerals and metals that make modern life possible.

Throughout the year, PDAC undertakes advocacy work to:

  1. Secure public investments in geoscience and discovery innovation to improve knowledge of Canada’s landmass and support more efficient exploration targeting.

  2. Ensure mineral potential is factored into land withdrawal processes in a systematic manner.

  3. Address the high costs of remote exploration and mining through fiscal policy and infrastructure investments.

  4. Improve the credibility and efficiency of the federal environmental assessment regime.

  5. Support the Government of Canada’s efforts to improve the social, environmental and health and safety performance of the industry, both at home and abroad.

  6. Improve the Crown’s implementation of its constitutional duty to consult and accommodate Aboriginal people.

Two key venues for PDAC advocacy include the annual federal budget and the annual Energy and Mines Ministers Conference.


Energy & Mines Ministers Conference

PDAC works with industry associations from across Canada to outline key actions that could be taken by federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for energy and mining portfolios to support the responsible management of Canada’s mineral resources. Read More

Parliament of Canada

Federal Budget

PDAC is pleased to provide recommendations for Federal Budget 2019 that will contribute to economic growth and enhance the prosperity of all Canadians. Read More


International Mine Ministers' Summit

A unique event that brings together Mine Ministers from around the world, providing an important setting for the international mining community to explore challenges and opportunities affecting the industry.
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Lesley Williams
Director, Policy & Programs, Aboriginal & Regulatory Affairs,
Sustainable Development & International Affairs
416 362 1969 ext. 294