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Mining is the North’s largest private sector economic contributor and largest private sector employer. Details of the diamond mines’ employment and business benefits, as well as other contributions and achievements, are included in the Measuring success 1996-2016: Diamond mines deliver big benefits to the Northwest Territories report.

Economic
38% of Northwest Territories Gross Domestic Product (2017)
$1.8 billion of the $4.9 billion total

22% of Nunavut Territory Gross Domestic Product (2017)
$596 million of the $2.7 billion total

Combined GDP
32%, or $2.4 billion of the $7.5 billion total for both territories

Source: NWT Bureau of Statistics, NU Bureau of Statistics

2017 NWT mining production, estimated $2.070 billion, up $563 million (37%) from $1.507 billion in 2016
2017 Nunavut mining production, estimated $844 million, up $144 million (21%) from $700 million in 2016. of this:
•Gold production value is $594 million, up $88 million (17%) from $506 million in 2016
•Silver production value is $0.6 million, down $4.4 million (88%) from 5.0 million last year
•Iron ore is estimated at $250 million, up $61 million (32%) from $189 million last year
Source: Natural Resources Canada

2018 projected exploration expenditures
•$81.3 million in NWT, a decrease of $8.7 million (10%) from 2017 expenditures of $90.0 million
•$110.7 million in Nunavut, a decrease of $58.6 million (35%) from $169.3 million in 2017
•$2,238.2 million in Canada, an increase of $126.9 million (6%) from $2,111.3 million for 2017
Source: Natural Resources Canada

NWT Mining Employment (1996-2017)
57,915 total person years
28,026 total northern person years
13,924 total northern Indigenous person years
*1 person year equals 2184 hours (13 two-week rotations with 12-hour shifts)

Nunavut Mining Employment (2009-2017)
12,720 total person years
2,870 total northern person years
*1 person year equals 2184 hours (13 two-week rotations with 12-hour shifts)

NWT Mining Business Spend (1996-2017)
Total $19.7 billion
Northern $13.7 billion
Northern Indigenous $5.9 billion

Nunavut Mining Business Spend (2009-2017)
Total $6.4 billion
Northern $2.9 billion
Source: Measuring success 1996-2016: Diamond mines deliver big benefits to the Northwest Territories and mines’ socio-economic reports.