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PwC Report Reveals British Columbia Aboriginal Mine Training Association Program Benefits Graduates and the Provincial Economy

by ecnationtalk on July 24, 20132072 Views






PwC Report Reveals British Columbia Aboriginal Mine Training Association Program
Benefits Graduates and the Provincial Economy

Vancouver, BC – July 24, 2013: A Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP (PwC) report – Impact Assessment of BC AMTA’s Mine Training Programs – commissioned by the British Columbia Aboriginal Mine Training Association (BC AMTA) has revealed the dollars invested in training an Aboriginal job candidate for a career in mining have resulted in a 285 percent increase in annual post-graduation wage, from an average of $13,754 to $52,959. This in turn has positively impacted British Columbia’s GDP by $106,804 per person through higher wages and increased spending. 

BC AMTA partners with Aboriginal communities and industry to develop and deliver job-relevant training for Aboriginal people to enter the mining sector. The assessment was designed to measure the program’s economic impact and return on investment to families, communities, industry and government. PwC measured the increase in average annual earnings that program graduates receive as a result of training, and the subsequent direct and indirect contribution to the provincial economy. 

“This report validates what we have been seeing – that the value of investing in training Aboriginal people extends beyond the individual, and the dollars are returned to society and to government,” says Laurie Sterritt, BC AMTA Chief Executive Officer. “But equally important are the benefits that a career and a permanent, full time, well-paying job bring to an individual. In addition to the obvious financial benefits, it provides them with confidence, empowerment, hope and possibilities, which changes lives.” 

Funded by government and industry contributions, BC AMTA launched in January 2010 and by the end of March 2013 had placed 500 graduates into full time jobs. The organization has expanded to six offices across the province including: Merritt, Kamloops, Cranbrook, Williams Lake, New Aiyansh and Vancouver. Currently, 1700+ Aboriginal candidates are pursuing upgrading and training. Based on the program’s success and demand from industry, BC AMTA is planning to expand the program into other regions and resource sectors.  

The Impact Assessment report highlights several other statistics about program participants and the Aboriginal labour market in B.C. and Canada, including:

  • An investment of $14,808 trains one candidate and generates approximately $106,804 on average for the provincial economy.
  • Each employed graduate generates approximately $20,489 in government revenue, which includes impacts from personal income taxes and indirect taxes.
  • Since program inception, BC AMTA graduates have contributed an estimated $53.4 million to British Columbia’s GDP.
  • As of July 22, 2013, 580 BC AMTA candidates have attained employment.
  • On average, 20 candidates are placed into positions each month.
  • Candidates work in over 100 types of positions including: accounting, administration, carpentry, first aid, drill core, electrician, environmental monitor, human resources, mine processing, parts, and superintendent.
  • According to Natural Resources Canada, more than 1,200 Aboriginal communities are located within 200 kilometres of 180 principal producing mines and 2,500 exploration properties across Canada.
  • According to the Mining Industry Human Resources Council’s (MiHR) 2012 forecast for British Columbia, more Aboriginal people work in the mining industry compared to all other sectors of the economy, as a percentage of the labour force, with more than six percent in mining versus four percent in other sectors.
  • According to Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey, 46.2 percent of Aboriginal people are less than 25 years old, compared to 29.4 percent for the non-Aboriginal cohort (the median age of the Aboriginal population was 25 compared to 41 for the non-Aboriginal population). 

The B.C. mining industry is facing a looming labour shortage, which BC AMTA is helping to address by attracting and training Aboriginal people while facilitating the connection between available employment with community members and industry partners. At least 16,770 new workers might be needed to meet the industry’s labour requirements by 2022. 

“For an average cost of just under $15,000 for a candidate to complete the BC AMTA program, each graduate contributes almost $107,000 per year to the provincial economy. And the program is delivering trained graduates to fill demand for jobs in the mining industry. That’s a good investment. It’s good for Canada and the province,” says Sterritt. “We look forward to building on this success and expanding the program to reach more Aboriginal people across B.C. and supporting the greater resource sector.” 

The Impact Assessment of BC AMTA’s Mine Training Programs report was released yesterday at a press conference in Vancouver, and the results will be presented in Kamloops today and in Williams Lake on July 25. The full report is available on the BC AMTA website:

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BC AMTA is a federally registered charity that provides training and support services to Aboriginal participants through a formal process of personal and professional development – a process that leads to sustainable careers within the full cycle of mining including exploration, mine development, operations and reclamation. For more information, and to view the top 10 impacts of BC AMTA’s programs, visit

For more information, please contact:

Michelle Nahanee, BC AMTA Marketing and Communications Manager

T: 604-681-4321 ext. 121 | C: 778-870-5411 | E: 

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