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As a resource-driven economy, it is important for Canada to encourage environmental protection and sustainability in the mining industry if it is to maintain its status as a global mining leader. In 2015, British Columbia's mining industry was valued at $5.9 billion, approximately 13.8% of the GDP of the province . As such, BC is an integral contributor to Canada's mining industry. Currently, there are 24 mineral and coal mines operating in BC, with several others proposed or undergoingdoi:10.1017/s1431927618014800 fatcat:kchyxgvyrbdg5gqnwyvqjbdomi