The Canadian Mining Skills Development Strategy

A Future in Full View.


The Canadian Mining Skills Development Strategy (CMSDS) ensures that Canada’s mining workforce has the skills needed to safely and effectively do the jobs we rely on them for. By establishing and maintaining standards for these skills and how workers are trained and recognized, the CMSDS helps the Canadian mining industry stay aligned.

CMSDS ensures workers gain, maintain and recognize their skills, aligns employer and educational institution mining training to the national standards and helps mining companies develop their workforce and future talent pool.

Through the CMSDS, we can see all the industry’s stakeholders and unite them to build a diverse, skilled and knowledgeable future for Canadian mining.


Developed by industry for industry to ensure common understanding of the skills, training and knowledge needed for specific occupations.

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Aligned to occupational skills and knowledge requirements to build an inclusive, skilled and sustainable Canadian mining workforce.

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Provided through certification of workers, employers and institution-based training programs.

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CMSDS Interactive Map

A data visualization tool that showcases MiHR’s uptake on programs and initiatives under the Canadian Mining Skills Development Strategy.

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CMSDS Overview


About the CMSDS.

Image courtesy of Vale.

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