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Canadian Mining in Africa

This dashboard provides data and analysis on Canadian owned producing mines in Africa in 2011 and 2012.


Canada is a global mining giant and a leading player in Africa’s mining sector. 70% of the equity capital raised globally by the mining industry was raised on the Toronto (TSX) and Venture (TSXV) exchanges. Of the $10.3 billion in equity raised for mining on the TSX and TSXV in 2012 $1.9 billion or 18.5% was for projects in Latin America while another $1.7 billion or 16.5% was for projects in Africa.

The total estimated revenue yield, calculated as total mine production X international price of the commodity in the given year, for all Canadian owned properties in production in Africa in 2012 was $ 12.9 billion.

All mine sites are geocoded to precise locations, and sized according to revenue yield. Hover over points on the map to see more information including type of mine, name, and estimated revenue per commodity. Bar graphs based on company and country, as well as the commodity legend can be used to highlight mining operations.

What the data show

Copper and gold account for the vast majority of production by Canadian owned mines in Africa in 2012. The largest producing Canadian companies in Africa were: First Quantum, Lundin Mining, New Dawn Mining, Franco-Nevada, IAM Gold, Kinross, Galane, Barrick Gold, Nevsun Resources, and Semafo. Zambia, DR Congo, Ghana, Zimbabwe and Burkina Faso were the most important countries for Canadian owned properties in production. While countries like Eritrea (gold) are also rapidly emerging.

More details, including a comparison with Latin American operations of Canadian mining companies, can be found in the background note (see Related Resources).

Data and Methodology

Note: at this stage of the project only mining properties in production are included in the analysis. Earlier stage activities such as exploration, prospecting etc. are not presently included.

At this stage our main interest is in providing an approximate valuation for the revenue yield, at the individual mine level. The total revenue estimate is calculated as: mine production per commodity X international price of the commodity in the production year. While this is a relatively simple approach it is very similar to international practice such as used in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative’s country reports and data. We aggregate up mine level data by commodity to the host country level, company level as well as by commodity. The next stage of the project will: bring into the picture costs associated with operations, extend the time-series, look at mining investments from Canadian firms at earlier stages, estimate tax contributions, assess local employment practices and contracting of local or national companies in host countries.

Data was gathered from the technical reports of each mine published online by their owning company, complemented by additions from Infomine, a mining industry data portal. The former sources are freely available directly from the companies’ websites or downloadable from SEDAR (System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval) from the Canadian Security Administrators. The latter source is from a paid subscription to Infomine, which lists all properties and companies with operations around the world. Infomine data was manually compiled and processed in order to match properties with owning firms. All data was geocoded with latitude and longitude to enable it to be mapped at actual locations (see geocoded maps below). Data is made available below in MSExcel format.

Africa-Mining-final-web MSExcel (Old version. Updated data will be available as MS Excel soon. It can also be downloaded directly from the dashboard above).


This note provides a preliminary comparison of Canadian mining in Africa and Latin America, based on data collected and analyzed on NSI’s Canadian International Development Platform (CIDP). The main aim of the paper is to obtain feedback on our preliminary findings, our approach and describe our data and methodology.

Canadian-Mining-in-Africa-and-Latin-America-WP-Jul2013-AB (1) MSWord

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