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    Census of Mines, Quarries and Sand Pits

    Type of survey

    Annual census survey that collects final data for the previous year.

    Targeted population

    All establishments that mine or process mineral commodities extracted in Québec.

    These commodities can be divided into three major categories: 

    1) metals and metallic minerals (gold, silver, copper, zinc, nickel, iron ore, etc.); 
    2) industrial minerals (ilmenite, graphite, mica, peat, silica, talc, etc.); 
    3) construction materials (stone, sand & gravel, cement, lime, etc.).

    The survey includes certain primary metal factories such as smelting plants and refineries that process copper, zinc and ilmenite. Since bauxite is not mined in Québec, Québec aluminum smelters are not covered by this census.


    Census survey.


    Mineral production, ore inventories, volume and value of mineral shipments by commodity, destination of shipments, use of minerals produced (stone, sand and gravel), consumption of fuel and electricity purchased, mining expenditures, number of employees, salaries and wages, hours worked and paid, expenses for purchases of goods and services, mineral reserves and resources. Data by administrative region and by commodity, and interprovincial comparisons.


    En complément