Mining Weekly reported that, according to a new report from PWC, the coal industry in B.C. contributed $3.2 billion to the provincial GDP in 2011.
As quoted in the market report:
Coal is essential to British Columbia as a catalyst for economic development, international trade, investment in regional communities and the employment of thousands of British Columbians. With 12-billion tons of potentially mineable resources, coal can help ensure that BC’s economy remains strong for years to come,” Coal Association of Canada president Ann Marie Hann said.