VANCOUVER — The Government of British Columbia has announced $2 million in funding for MineSense Technologies Ltd. through the province’s Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund.
The funding will help the Vancouver-based company to promote and sell its scalable digital-sensing platform, which gives mine operators a real-time estimate of the ore grade at the point of extraction and optimizes metal recovery.
MineSense also received funding from partners including Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).
The project is one of several funded jointly by ICE Fund and SDTC that is part of B.C. and Canada’s three-year, $40-million Joint Call Partnership, launched in March 2017 to support the development of pre-commercial clean energy projects and technologies, the release said.
B.C. Minister of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources Bruce Ralston made the announcement on the first day of the B.C. Responsible Minerals and Metals Virtual Summit, a three-day event hosted by the province of British Columbia. The summit will continue with sessions on Sept. 15 and Sept. 30 and “the discussions that take place are expected to help to create an action plan for a responsible minerals and metals market strategy in B.C.,” the release stated.
Ralston also spoke about the Mining Innovation Roadmap, a “forward-looking, co-ordinated plan to address challenges and capitalize on opportunities presented by the transformation of B.C.’s mining sector, which is being driven by digitization, automation and workforce transformation. It will be released in the coming weeks,” a government release stated.
The roadmap is one of the recommendations from the Mining Jobs Task Force launched in 2018.
“B.C.’s mining sector is well positioned to be a responsible supplier of choice in global metals markets, given our low-carbon footprint, high environmental standards, community engagement practices and leadership in advancing economic reconciliation with Indigenous Nations,” Mining Association of B.C. CEO Michael Goehring said in a statement.