Community Investment

For the coal industry, being a good neighbour is about removing the barriers between itself and its stakeholders. They include local communities, First Nations, environmental groups and all levels of government. Mining companies make many contributions to the local quality of life. In addition to the property and business taxes, salaries and company procurement that all stimulate and support the local economy, companies also often support local sports teams, clubs and events. Many major community projects have received funding from these organizations.  Also, the planning and development of mine sites, and the operation of mining equipment, requires a skilled and well-trained workforce. Coal mining companies often support local colleges by helping to design training programs, sponsoring scholarships and hiring some of the graduates.  The Coal Association of Canada’s “Coal Kit” sustainability module outlines coal industry community initiatives: More information: