Governments must ensure that its permitting and authorization processes are timely, predictable and consistent so that mines and smelter operations and new projects are not unnecessarily delayed – putting BC jobs, revenue to pay for public services and investment at risk.
The minerals and metals we produce here in BC can help the world achieve the Paris Agreement’s climate targets. Some are so vital to our climate, economic and national security, they’re now designated as “Critical Minerals” by Canada and other governments.
A study by the International Energy Agency determined that to reach global net zero by 2050, the world will need six times the metals and minerals in 2040 compared with today. It currently takes up to 15 years to permit a new mine in Canada. One important step provincial and federal governments can take is to designate critical minerals mines as nationally significant projects and provide the resources to expedite environmental reviews and permitting.
MABC recognizes that the provincial government increased funding to the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, and realigned ministerial responsibilities with the creation of the Ministry of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship. However, permitting delays remain a substantial obstacle for the mining and smelting sector.
Challenges with permitting and authorizations fall into three categories: coordination and communication; predictability; and intergovernmental policy cohesion, consistency, and cooperation.