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    Québec mining sector: value of shipments and wage bill increased in 2019

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    Québec, June 21, 2021. – The value of mineral shipments in Québec rose by 11.1% in 2019 from 2018 to $11.91 billion. The mining sector’s wage bill totalled $2.1 billion, up 4.4% from 2018. These are the main findings from the bulletin Mining by the Numbers - Mineral Production in Québec in 2019 released by the Institut du la statistique du Québec, based on the Annual Census on Mineral Production.

    Distribution of the value of mineral shipments by adminsitrative region, Québec, 2019

    Value of mineral shipments, Québec, 2000-2019

    Source: Institut de la statistique du Québec, Annual Census on Mineral Production.

    Mineral shipments up in Québec in 2019

    • The three main mining regions accounted for 75.2% of the total value of mineral shipments in the province. Their shipments increased from 2018 to:
      • $3.15 billion (+3.9%) for Nord-du-Québec,
      • $3.02 billion (+16.0%) for Côte-Nord, and
      • $2.78 billion (+9.5%) for Abitibi-Témiscamingue.
    • Shipments from Montérégie, which were mainly from mineral processing, totalled $1.50 billion, up 13.0%.

    Distribution of the value of mineral shipments by administrative region, Québec, 2019

    Distribution of the value of mineral shipments by administrative region, Québec, 2019

    Source: Institut de la statistique du Québec, Annual Census on Mineral Production.

    Increase in the number of jobs and wage bill

    • There were 18,918 jobs in Québec’s mining sector in 2019, for a wage bill of $2,092 million.
    • This represents an increase of 5.6% in the number of jobs and of 4.4% in the wage bill from 2018.
    • 3% of jobs were concentrated in the three mining regions:
      • 4,048 in Nord-du-Québec (21.4%),
      • 3,932 in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (20.8%), and
      • 3,048 in Côte-Nord (16.1%).
    • There were 2,918 mining jobs in Montérégie (15.4%), mainly in primary mineral manufacturing.

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    Quantity and value of mineral shipments (tables)

    Jobs and wages in the mining sector (tables)

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