Coal Production Stats

Canada produced  61 million tonnes (Mt) of coal in 2017, nearly half thermal and half
metallurgical, or steel-making coal.

Canadian Coal Production

In total, Canada produced 61 Mt of coal in 2017

The majority of coal produced in Canada was produced in Alberta (34%), B.C. (49%) and Saskatchewan (16%)


Produced 25.8 Mt of coal in 2017

British Columbia

Produced 31.5 Mt of coal in 2017 (most was metallurgical coal)

Coal is produced for two main uses

Steel-Making Coal

Canada produced about 33 Mt of coking coal in 2017.

Almost all of Canada’s steel-making coal produced was exported.

Thermal Coal

Approximately 30 million tonnes of thermal coal was produced in 2017.

The vast majority of Canadian thermal coal produced is used domestically.

Did you Know?

Global steel production is dependent on coal and more and more the world is turning to Canada for its supply of quality steel-making coal. For example, to meet its rapid infrastructure growth and consumer demand for things such as vehicles and home appliances, Asia has turned to Canada for its high-quality steel-making coal.

Asia is Canada’s largest coal trading partner

Coal exports to Asia accounted for 64% of total exports in 2015

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