Success stories

Canadian Governments at the National, Provincial and Territorial levels invest in their government-funded geological surveys.

The public investment in the acquisition, explanation, distribution, and stewardship of geoscience data, information and knowledge reflects the perspective that geoscience assets provided by federal, provincial and territorial governments is a public good. The geoscience knowledge is widely acknowledged to be one of Canada’s competitive advantages in attracting mineral exploration and to have contributed to Canada’s position as a leading mineral producer. In addition to investment attraction, that same geoscience knowledge is essential to inform government and non-government decisions and policy formulation related to the environment, public health and safety, development, groundwater and source-water protection, and climate change.
Summarized here are some examples that illustrate the value of the government investment in geological survey activity. Many of the stories are illustrated using simplified illustrations. Please contact the respective jurisdiction to acquire original technical information.
The Success Stories are organized by contributing jurisdiction, listed in order of the entry date into Confederation.
Les gouvernements fédéral, provinciaux et territoriaux du Canada investissent dans leurs commissions géologiques.

Ils investissent dans l’acquisition, la vulgarisation, la diffusion et la gestion des données et des connaissances géoscientifiques, car ils savent que leurs actifs géoscientifiques constituent un bien public. Les connaissances géoscientifiques sont reconnues comme un des avantages concurrentiels dont jouit le Canada et qui lui permettent d’attirer des entreprises d’exploration minérale. De plus, elles contribuent à faire du Canada un joueur important dans le domaine de la production minérale. En plus d’attirer des investissements, les connaissances géoscientifiques sont essentielles pour la prise de décisions par les gouvernements et par d’autres entités, ainsi que pour l’élaboration de politiques portant sur l’environnement, la santé et la sécurité du public, l’aménagement, la protection des eaux souterraines et de surface et les changements climatiques.
Les exemples qui suivent illustrent la valeur des investissements gouvernementaux dans leurs commissions géologiques. Plusieurs profils présentés sont accompagnés d’illustrations simplifiées. Les données techniques originales sont disponibles aupres des autorités concernées.
Les profils de réussite tel que préparés par chaque juridiction sont présentés selon l’ordre dans lequel les provinces et territoires se sont joints à la Confédération.
Canada:
New Brunswick:
  • Government Geochemical Surveys Lead to Discovery of Intrusion-related Gold Deposit in New Brunswick
  • Government Till Geochemical Survey Leads to Discovery of Gold Deposit in West-Central New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
  • Regional 3-d survey leads to discovery of kaolin resource
Ontario
  • $25 million of mineral investment triggered near Rainy River, northwestern Ontario
  • Renewable Geothermal Heat Chatham – St Thomas area
  • Geological studies provide a framework for informed policy, protection, and utilization of Ontario’s groundwater, which sustains 3 million people.
  • Ontario Geological Survey presents a modern interpretation of mineral potential of the Hudson Bay and James Bay areas that is essential to Far North land-use planning and mineral investment attraction
  • Mineral Exploration – Ring of Fire
  • Ontario Geological Survey Geophysics purchasing saves Ontario $16 Million and attracts mineral investment
Quebec
  • Les données géoscientifiques publiques intégrées au SIGÉOM sont utilisées pour définir le réseau gouvernemental des aires protégées
Manitoba:
  • Three Forks Formation, southwestern Manitoba: The Manitoba Geological Survey’s research has spurred new oil exploration targets, increasing provincial revenue in royalty and taxes, land sales, and job creation.
  • Shallow Unconventional Cretaceous Shale Gas Project, southwestern Manitoba: the Manitoba Geological Survey’s research on gas-bearing shale puts Manitoba on Canada’s unconventional gas map.
Northwest Territories:
British Columbia:
Prince Edward Island:
Alberta:
Saskatchewan:
  • The Geological Atlas of Saskatchewan – since 1998 the Saskatchewan Geological Survey has helped the exploration industry access a wealth of digital maps and data through the Geological Atlas of Saskatchewan DVD and website
    The Middle Bakken of Southeast Saskatchewan – research by geologists at the Saskatchewan Geological Survey (SGS) helped to kick-start, and continues, the development of the Bakken play in southeastern Saskatchewan.
Newfoundland and Labrador:
  • Renaissance in uranium exploration based upon results of 25 years of government geoscience in Central Labrador
Yukon:
Nunavut: