The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) is a national organization of the Canadian mining industry. The organization comprises companies engaged in mineral exploration, mining, smelting, refining and semi-fabrication. Member companies account for the vast majority of Canada’s output of metals and major industrial minerals.
Based in Ottawa, the Mining Association of Canada was originally incorporated as “Canadian Metal Mining Association” under the Companies Act of Canada with Letters Patent granted on January 16, 1935.
MAC’s mission is to promote, through the collective action of members, the growth and development of Canada’s mining and mineral-processing industry, for the benefit of all Canadians. The Association’s broad functions are to promote the interests of the industry nationally and internationally, to work with governments on policies affecting minerals, to inform the public and to promote cooperation between member firms to solve common problems. The MAC works closely with provincial and other industry groups across Canada and in other countries.
The primary role of MAC is the presentation of industry information and views to the federal government. Over the years, ongoing representations have been made to succeeding governments and parliamentary committees.
MAC believes that a constructive business environment in Canada depends on public understanding of Canada’s major industries.
The organization also provides information about the mining industry to the media and to schools, libraries and other publics. Aside from responding to many enquiries, MAC has an extensive publications program.