North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Canada 2017 Version 1.0

21 - Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

This sector comprises establishments primarily engaged in extracting naturally occurring minerals. These can be solids, such as coal and ores; liquids, such as crude petroleum; and gases, such as natural gas. The term mining is used in the broad sense to include quarrying, well operations, milling (for example, crushing, screening, washing, or flotation) and other preparation customarily done at the mine site, or as a part of mining activity. Establishments engaged in exploration for minerals, development of mineral properties and mining operations are included in this sector. Establishments performing similar activities, on a contract or fee basis, are also included.

212 - Mining and quarrying (except oil and gas)

This subsector comprises establishments primarily engaged in mining, beneficiating or otherwise preparing metallic and non-metallic minerals, including coal.

  • Exclusion(s)

    • providing support services, on a contract or fee basis, required for the mining and quarrying of minerals (See 21311 Support activities for mining, and oil and gas extraction)

2122 - Metal ore mining

This industry group comprises establishments primarily engaged in mining metallic minerals (ores). Also included are establishments engaged in ore dressing and beneficiating operations, whether performed at mills operated in conjunction with the mines served or at mills, such as custom mills, operated separately. These include mills that crush, grind, wash, dry, sinter, calcine or leach ore, or perform gravity separation or flotation operations.

21223 - Copper, nickel, lead and zinc ore mining

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in mining, beneficiating or otherwise preparing ores valued chiefly for their copper, nickel, lead or zinc content.

212231 - Lead-zinc ore miningUS

This Canadian industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in mining, beneficiating or otherwise preparing lead ores, zinc ores or lead-zinc ores.

    All examples

  • Inclusion(s)

    • calamine, galena, smithsonite, sphalerite ore and willemite mining
    • cerussite mining
212232 - Nickel-copper ore miningCAN

This Canadian industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in mining, beneficiating or otherwise preparing nickel or nickel-copper ores.

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • mining copper ores combined with zinc or any mineral other than nickel (See 212233 Copper-zinc ore mining)
212233 - Copper-zinc ore miningCAN

This Canadian industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in mining, beneficiating or otherwise preparing copper or copper-zinc ores.

    All examples

  • Inclusion(s)

    • chalcocite, chalcopyrite and cuprite ore mining
    • cuprite mining
    • recovery of copper concentrates by the precipitation and leaching of copper ore
  • Exclusion(s)

    • mining nickel-copper ores (See 212232 Nickel-copper ore mining)
    • recovery of refined copper by leaching copper concentrates (See 331410 Non-ferrous metal (except aluminum) smelting and refining)
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