Coal Production Stats

Canada produced  62 million tonnes (Mt) of coal in 2018. 51% of the coal produced was thermal and 49% was steel-making coal.

Canadian Coal Production

In total, Canada produced 62 Mt of coal in 2018.

The majority of coal produced in Canada was produced in Alberta (32%), B.C. (50%) and Saskatchewan (16%)


Produced 19.7 Mt of coal in 2018

British Columbia

Produced 31.1 Mt of coal in 2018 (steel-making coal)

Coal is produced for two main uses

Steel-Making Coal

Canada produced about 31 Mt of steel-making coal in 2018.

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

Thermal Coal

Approximately 30 million tonnes of thermal coal was produced in 2018.

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 61% of total exports in 2018

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