Inclusion & Diversity – Overview

Engaging and Retaining Diverse Talent – a strategy for industry sustainability.

Inclusion & Diversity – Overview

Workforce diversity and inclusion are imperative to the long term success of BC mining and exploration employers. This page provides resources for women, First Nations Peoples, and New Canadians to increase participation in the industry,  as well as provides employers and educators with tools and resources to support their efforts in engaging and retaining a more diverse mining workforce.


Skilled Immigrants


Skilled Immigrant Recruitment & Retention for the BC Mining Industry Report

Mining Immigration Reference Guide


A series of free online tutorials have been developed to help small to medium-sized businesses struggling to fill job vacancies attract and hire skilled immigrants who are living in BC.

Every year, BC attracts close to 10,000 highly skilled immigrants with the skills and experienced needed for BC’s workplaces. Tapping into this talent pool will provide the mining sector with the competitive advantage needed to compete in todays’ global marketplace.

The five tutorials developed by the Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) and the Human Resources Management Association (HRMA) will assist mining employers with attracting these skilled workers.

The tutorials feature industry-tested tools, practical tips, videos and resources.  Tutorial topics range from how to attract and hire new Canadians, to how to assess language proficiency, foreign experience and academic and professional credentials.  Viewers will learn how to create barrier-free job descriptions and define roles using key knowledge, skills and abilities.  Tips on where to advertise job openings as well as a list of programs and services that connect employers with qualified immigrant candidates are also featured.

The new immigrant talent tutorials are featured on HRMA’s new Professional Development on-demand web portal at and can also be accessed through the IEC-BC website at


Please visit the Diversity - Women page for resources on enhancing the involvement of women in the mining industry. 

BC Mining HR Diversity Award

The BC Mining HR Diversity Award is presented in conjunction with Women in Mining BC (WIMBC) and recognizes an outstanding commitment to encouraging and supporting diversity within the workplace. HR diversity is the focus of attracting, recruiting, and retaining a diverse workforce as well as the advancement or development of individuals within a workforce.  

The 2019 recipient of the BC Mining HR Diversity Award is Allison Rippon Armstrong.