Economic benefits

Economic benefits

Rio Tinto is a vital contributor to the local and provincial economy. In addition to providing employment opportunities, our operations are important to the regional and provincial economies, and we are one of the single largest sources of BC value-added manufacturing exports.

“[Rio Tinto] has created employment opportunities for us, contracting opportunities for the Haisla Nation, and training that we would have never gotten. Our unemployment rate went from probably about 60-65% down to maybe 5-8%. Every Haisla nation member that wanted to work was working.”
- Taylor Cross, Deputy Chief Councillor, Haisla Nation

Rio Tinto recognizes that our operations can be a strong foundation for economic development and diversification.  We are focused on enabling long-term economic diversification for the communities in our operating areas which includes local business procurement support, training opportunities for industry employment, and participation in business- and community-led regional economic initiatives.