Mining in Saskatchewan

Located in central Canada, Saskatchewan is a mining leader both in Canada and globally. The province has over 25 operating mines, including potash, uranium, gold and coal.

Saskatchewan lays claim to the world’s largest high-grade reserves of both potash and uranium. The province contains almost half the world’s potash reserves and approximately 10% of the world’s known recoverable uranium reserves.

The long-lived world-class Flin Flon mining camp straddles the border between Saskatchewan and Manitoba, with 2015 marking the 100th anniversary of the discovery of base metals in the camp. Following the discovery of sulphide outcrops along the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border by prospector Tom Creighton in 1915, mining in the camp began in the 1920’s and continues to the present day, with over 115Mt of copper and zinc ore mined from 16 deposits, including the 62Mt world-class Flin Flon mine. A now shuttered copper smelter operated in Flin Flon for over 70 years and a zinc plant (115,000 tonnes of cast zinc per year capacity) continues to operate.

In the Fraser Institute’s recent Annual Survey of Mining, Saskatchewan was ranked the top jurisdiction for mining investment attractiveness in Canada and the second globally. Factors attributable to Saskatchewan’s high ranking include political stability, a favourable taxation regime, excellent infrastructure, a straightforward permitting process, a positive situation with respect to socioeconomic agreements and community development and a solid geological database.

Page Last Updated: Dec 16, 2015