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The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) is the national organization for the Canadian mining industry.
Its members account for most of Canada's production of base and precious metals, uranium, diamonds, metallurgical coal, mined oil sands and industrial minerals and are actively engaged in mineral exploration, mining, smelting, refining and semi-fabrication.
MAC's mission is to promote, through the collective action of members, the growth and development of Canada's mining and mineral-processing industry, for the benefit of all Canadians.
The Association's broad functions are to promote the interests of the industry nationally and internationally, to work with governments on policies affecting minerals, to inform the public and to promote cooperation between member firms to solve common problems.
MAC works closely with provincial and other industry groups across Canada and in other countries.
The products of this industry help build the highways, electrical and communications networks, housing, automobiles, consumer electronics and other products and infrastructure essential to modern life.
MAC members participate in the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative, which focuses on improving the mining industry's sustainable development performance.
Member companies follow guiding principles and report on indicators that measure their performance for specific mining activities such as tailings management, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions management, external outreach and crisis management.