Mining is a key industry in Canada. The minerals industry (excluding oil and gas) is vibrant part of Alberta’s economy.
Non-energy minerals excavated and mined in Alberta include sand and gravel, sandstone and other building stone, iron and magnetite, and gold. Salt and limestone continue to be the leading non-fuel minerals produced in Alberta.
Other minerals produced or potentially available in Alberta include:
- metallic minerals
- other precious stones
- industrial minerals
At present there are no underground mines active in Alberta.
There are 4 major quarries in the province. Alberta has hundreds of sand and gravel pits of various sizes. Some sand and gravel are washed for placer minerals, such as gold and platinum, before being used for construction, fill and cement manufacturing.
Find out more about Minerals overview.
Connect with the Coal and Mineral Development Unit:
Hours: 8:15 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
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)
300, 801 6 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3W2