B.C. miners push province to aggressively support critical mineral exploration


Industry advocates hoping for big investment in 2024 budget. Critics raise alarms about a free-for-all
Chad Pawson · CBC News

Miners in B.C. searching for deposits of minerals deemed critical for low-carbon technologies say they've never been more excited for the sector but require extended provincial support to realize their dreams.

Companies say they want to take advantage of the need for critical minerals — 31 materials in demand for batteries, electric vehicles, wind turbines and solar panels —  by having B.C. become an important producer of some of the materials but also a role model in the industry for environmental standards and engagement with First Nations.

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