Table 08 - Exploration Plus Deposit Appraisal Activity1, by Province and Territory, 2020

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Province/Territory Drilling (Surface and Underground) Geochemistry and Geology Geophysics Rock Work2 Other Field Costs Engineering, Economic and Feasibility Studies Mineral Leases, Claims, Line Cutting and Head Office Environment Land Access Grand Total
Diamond Other
Metres Cost Metres Cost
(thousands) ($000) (thousands) ($000) ($000)
Newfoundland and Labrador 169 29,892 2 473 11,592 4,170 733 3,644 7,170 12,659 3,883 35 74,250
Nova Scotia 35 5,210 17 2,583 3,427 259 231 1,830 2,952 5,355 4,350 151 26,348
New Brunswick 50 7,548 1 56 1,991 440 286 133 161 3,076 142 224 14,056
Quebec 1,417 245,768 11 2,577 42,432 16,130 112,763 41,915 24,292 34,048 12,084 2,008 534,015
Ontario 1,670 274,588 13 3,524 80,008 18,331 59,770 21,602 51,123 41,393 11,587 4,257 566,183
Manitoba 153 32,474 0 0 7,443 2,322 0 8,170 1,457 5,166 4,658 22 61,712
Saskatchewan 152 31,038 31 5,623 10,064 7,039 0 19,247 34,137 40,930 8,085 2,352 158,515
Alberta 23 13,015 7 1,390 1,141 1,509 0 0 17,420 6,860 3,671 1,593 46,599
British Columbia 851 203,720 42 7,186 53,716 8,263 33,723 49,109 76,131 36,014 41,339 4,259 513,460
Yukon 95 33,750 9 2,368 12,206 2,508 2,641 12,767 5,749 3,748 5,898 1,925 83,560
Northwest Territories 58 15,348 0 0 6,139 1,119 1,000 6,981 5,520 1,114 4,544 160 41,925
Nunavut 73 21,607 1 899 5,924 748 12,237 4,949 12,540 5,772 6,015 58 70,750
Total 4,745 913,957 135 26,680 236,083 62,837 223,384 170,347 238,651 196,134 106,256 17,046 2,191,375
Percentage of grand total 41.7 1.2 10.8 2.9 10.2 7.8 10.9 9.0 4.8 0.8 100.0



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Source: Natural Resources Canada, from the federal-provincial/territorial Survey of Mineral Exploration, Deposit Appraisal and Mine Complex Development Expenditures.
Quebec data are compiled by l’Institut de la statistique du Québec.