In 2016, the value of Québec’s mineral shipments climbed back over the $8 billion mark

Québec, May 10, 2017. – Since 2011, shipment value had generally exceeded the $8 billion mark, though it dropped by 11.3% to $7.5 billion in 2015. The following year, shipment value rose by 10.2% to $8.3 billion. The momentary drop in shipment value in 2015 was due to the combined effect of a fall in the cost of iron ore and smaller iron ore deliveries that year, in addition to a decline in base metal prices for the same period.

In 2016, Québec’s three main mining regions shared 72.9% of the total value of Québec mineral shipments: 25.6% ($2.12 billion) for Nord-du-Québec, 24.9% ($2.06 billion) for Abitibi-Témiscamingue and 22.4% ($1.86 billion) for Côte-Nord. Montérégie, on account of its mineral processing plants, was ranked fourth and accounted for 14.0% ($1.16 billion) of total shipment value. According to 2017 forecasts, shipment value was expected to rise by 6.1% to $8.8 billion from the previous year (estimated using the average value of the metals in 2016).

These findings were drawn from the Survey on Mineral Production in Québec. The most recent data from this document (final data for 2015, preliminary data for 2016 and forecasts for 2017) were published today on the website of the Institut de la statistique du Québec.

In 2016, metal commodities accounted for 84.9% of total mineral shipments, of which 33.0% ($2.7 billion) were of gold; 31.5% ($2.6 billion) of iron ore, iron remelt, ilmenite and titanium; and 14.0% ($1.2 billion) of base metals. Construction materials (cement, stone, clay products, sand and gravel) accounted for 10.9% ($906 million) of total mineral shipments.

In 2016, there were 15,286 jobs (person-years) related to the mining sector, including mining and primary mineral manufacturing, a 2.5% drop compared with 2015. These jobs were mainly located in Québec’s three main mining regions in the following proportions: 23.5% (3,585 jobs) in Nord-du-Québec, 22.7% (3,470 jobs) in Abitibi-Témiscamingue and 15.6% (2,382 jobs) in Côte-Nord. The 2,593 mining sector jobs in Montérégie, mostly concentrated in primary mineral manufacturing, accounted for 17.0% of Québec’s mining sector jobs.


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