Alberta coal

Coal mining in Alberta is regulated by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). AER data and publications, ST45 provides detailed information on number of mines, coal reserves, production and disposition, by coal type and by destination.

Alberta Labour is responsible for mine safety.

Mining activities and reclamation are subject to review and approval through Alberta Environment and Protected Areas. Environmental management is an important part of developing, running and closing down a mine. Mining companies develop and carry out plans to minimize impacts on air, land, water and wildlife. Companies use a variety of techniques to reclaim and restore mined lands.

Coal and mineral development year in review (annual reports)


Alberta’s coal mining started in the late 1800s.

Coal was the energy source that boosted the industrial revolution of the 19th century and launched the electric era in the following century.

It was the primary source of energy until the late 1960s when it was overtaken by oil. Coal-fired power generation currently provides more than 40% of the world's total electricity.

Source: Natural Resources Canada


Connect with the Coal and Mineral Development Unit:

Hours: 8:15 am to noon and 1 pm to 4 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-7707
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]


Alberta Energy and Minerals
Coal and Mineral Development Unit
North Petroleum Plaza
9945 108 Street *
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2G6

* Couriers, please report to the 2nd floor.

Calgary (drop-off location only)

Alberta Energy and Minerals
300, 801 6 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 3W2