Minerals Publications and Maps

This section contains publications relating to Minerals that Alberta Energy has produced. 

Mining is the prime industry in over 150 Canadian communities and directly employs one in 40 Canadians.

This collection of information will help you learn about Mineral issues as they relate to Alberta Energy.

Reports

Mineral Assessment Reports Listing
These reports are prepared and submitted by mineral exploration companies as a requirement of holding a metallic and industrial mineral permit in Alberta. They are confidential for the first year, but become public to further the discovery of mineral deposits.

Mineral Assessment Reports Search
Published assessment reports are now searchable by assessment number, project name and release date. Assessment report text content is also searchable.

Mineral Development Strategy 
Alberta's Mineral Development Strategy 2002 provides a framework that outlines the vision, goals and strategic direction for orderly, environmentally mineral exploration and development in Alberta. It was developed by the Alberta Government in consultation with stakeholders to enhance the potential for economic benefit to Albertans through discovery and development of base and precious metals, gemstones, industrial minerals and other solid minerals in Alberta.

Mining and Materials  (Natural Resources Canada - NRCan)
NRCan publishes a variety of key reports relevant to the minerals sector, including geological studies, exploration, mining policies, mineral sector economics and statistics.

Coal and Mineral Development Annual Reports

These overviews of Alberta’s Coal and Mineral Development Branch are intended to provide a yearly review of the coal, metallic and industrial mineral activity in Alberta.

2011 Year in Review 

2012 Year in Review

2013 Year in Review

2014 Year in Review

2015 Year in Review 

2016 Year in Review

Fact Sheets

These fact sheets provide summaries about Minerals and the mineral industries in Alberta. If you have further questions, see the Frequently Asked Questions portion of our site. 

Talk about Minerals 
We rely on minerals in every aspect of our daily lives. Toothpaste, buildings, eyeglasses, computers, automobiles, hospital equipment are but a few of the many things that cannot be made without minerals.

Mining in Alberta  
Learn about the history, present and future of mining in Alberta, including coal, oil sands and other minerals.

Talk about Royalties   
Royalties help fund important programs like health, education and infrastructure. They ensure that Albertans receive a portion of the benefits arising from the development of the province’s energy resources. This fact sheet explains what royalties are and how they are calculated.

Publications

Alberta's Energy Industry Overview
Energy Sector Highlights and Economic Impact, Minerals, Natural Gas, Petrochemicals, Oil Sands and Conventional Oil, Electricity, Hydrocarbon Resources. [2012]

Assessment Report Guidelines 
Prior to submitting a mineral assessment report, the author can use this guide to ensure the report properly captures all of the information required.

Diamond Potential of Alberta (Alberta Geological Survey - AGS)
Kimberlites, the most important primary rock type where diamonds may occur.  The website also explains why Alberta is favourable for discoveries of diamonds.  AGS, as part of the Energy Resources Conservation Board, provides geological information and expertise to government, industry and the public about Alberta’s earth resources and geological processes for resource stewardship and sustainable development.

Exploring for Minerals
This guide is for individuals interested in prospecting or exploring for metallic and industrial minerals in Alberta. It includes information on how to stake a claim, or acquire a metallic and industrial mineral permit, in Alberta.

Going for Gold
This guide is for individuals interested in gold panning and other forms of recreational placer mining along Alberta's rivers and streams, we offer a printable version Going for GoldPDF icon .

Mineral Development Strategy
Alberta's Mineral Development Strategy 2002 provides a framework that outlines the vision, goals and strategic direction for orderly, environmentally responsible mineral exploration and development in Alberta. It was developed by the Alberta Government in consultation with stakeholders to enhance the potential for  economic benefit to Albertans through discovery and development of base and precious metals, gemstones, industrial minerals and other solid minerals in Alberta.

Presentations

Mineral Rights in Alberta - An Overview 
This presentation gives a broad overview of the roles, responsibilities and goals of the Alberta Government and Alberta Energy in exercising Alberta's jurisdiction over the province's energy and natural resources.

An Introduction to Metallic and Industrial Mineral Rights in Alberta 
This presentation summarizes mining activity in Alberta, and provides the basic rules and principles relating to Alberta-owned metallic and industrial mineral rights and agreements.

Maps

Online Maps
Mineral disposition maps in colour PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format.  Default print size 30 x 60 inch.  Updated overnight. 

Interactive Maps
Mineral disposition information available through an interactive mapping program.  This program allows you to select location, scale and map features and to conduct basic searches.  Updated overnight. 

Alberta Geological Survey's Interactive Minerals Mapexternal link icon
Under the Alberta Geological Survey's Open Dataexternal link icon section, this map is available along with many other maps and data sets.

 

A listing of external resources for coal and minerals is also available.