VICTORIA, B.C. – The government of British Columbia is putting $5 million towards Geoscience BC to strengthen the mining sector through the organization’s mineral, energy and water earth science research.
The funding was one of 25 accepted recommendations put forth by the Mining Jobs Task Force in 2019 and will act as a bridge over the next year until a review of B.C.’s public geoscience coordination approach is completed.
“Our Mining Jobs Task Force did excellent work identifying the many ways our government can support mining and we’re meeting another one of its recommendations with this $5 million in funding to Geoscience BC. The research that will come from this funding will attract the investment necessary for resource development that makes a clean electrified economy possible,” minister of energy, mines and petroleum resources Michelle Mungall said.
“Geoscience BC’s minerals, energy and water research meets a need for new public geoscience data that attracts investment, informs decisions, stimulates innovation, and supports the responsible development of B.C.’s natural resources,” Geoscience BC president and CEO Gavin C. Dirom added.
The Mining Jobs Task Force also recommended new regulatory resources for the ministry of energy, mines and petroleum resources continued funding of the B.C. Mining Alliance and a mining innovation roadmap.
“The Association of Mineral Exploration is pleased to see the support for Geoscience BC recommended by the Mining Jobs Task Force put in place. We advocated for the creation of Geoscience BC in 2005 following successful pilot programs that demonstrated the value of a collaborative approach to the development of public geoscience,” AME president and CEO Edie Thome said.
Geoscience BC is an independent non-profit organization which conducts and distributes public earth science research about energy, water and mineral resources in B.C.