Annual Survey of Mining Companies: 2017
This report presents the results of the Fraser Institute’s 2017 annual survey of mining and exploration companies. The survey is an attempt to assess how mineral endowments and public policy factors such as taxation and regulatory uncertainty affect exploration investment. The survey was circulated electronically to approximately 2,700 individuals between August 22nd and November 10th, 2017. Survey responses have been tallied to rank provinces, states, and countries according to the extent that public policy factors encourage or discourage mining investment.
We received a total of 360 responses for the survey, providing sufficient data to evaluate 91 jurisdictions. By way of comparison, 104 jurisdictions were evaluated in 2016, 109 in 2015, 122 in 2014, and 112 in 2013. The number of jurisdictions that can be included in the study tends to wax and wane as the mining sector grows or shrinks due to commodity prices and sectoral factors.