CBC – Demand for copper in electric car batteries could boost B.C.’s mining industry, minister says.

Newly named provincial task force will look for ways to create stable mining jobs, ride out price swings

B.C.’s government is taking a closer look at creating stable jobs in mining as the industry tries to capitalize on rising demand for copper in batteries for electric vehicles. B.C. is the largest copper producer in the country.

Electric and hybrid cars require up to four times more copper than standard cars, said  Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minster Michelle Mungall, standing beside a hybrid-electric car in front of the provincial legislature Monday. “A lot of the industry is looking at exploring for that copper so it can meet that future demand,” she said. Mining operations in B.C. also supply other materials that are used in cleaner vehicles, such as steelmaking coal.

To help take advantage of potential growth, the province has set up a task force that will review mining and exploration. The 12-member mining jobs task force includes representatives from labour, industry, First Nations, post-secondary education and environmental organizations.

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