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Best Communities for Mining and Forestry

Jun 1, 2012

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Grande Cache
Population: 4,319
There’s coal and then there’s coal: thermal coal used for electricity generation and metallurgical coal that’s used in steel production. In Grande Cache, there are both. In fact, it’s the only place in Alberta with both types of coal reserves, and it has them in massive quantities.
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Prince George
Population: 75,828
Prince George is built from wood. The city is one of the major centres for B.C.’s forestry industry and is a leading centre for wood-based construction. This year, construction is starting on the $75-million Wood Innovation and Design Centre.
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Saskatoon
Population: 234,200
In May 2011, BHP Billiton announced it was moving its head office for diamonds and specialty products from Vancouver to Saskatoon. Why? Because potash is the company’s main specialty product and 46 per cent of the world’s potash reserves are found in Saskatchewan.
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Peace Country
The Peace Country in northeast British Columbia and northwest Alberta may sit on the massive Montney natural gas play, but it is endowed with more than just energy resources. In addition to its estimated 177 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, the area is also home to four coal mines, two hydroelectric dams on the Peace River and 4.5 million hectares of timber supply.
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