At Taseko, we understand the shared value that mining brings. Our employees, the people living within the communities in which we operate, the Provincial and Federal Governments, and finally the Company all benefit from mining. Taseko’s investment in Gibraltar, as well as other potential projects, ensures this shared value continues.
Currently Taseko-Gibraltar employs approximately 650 employees. Roughly 95% of Gibraltar’s wages are paid to those living in Williams Lake, Quesnel, and 100 Mile House, which equates to about $65 million in annual wages.
These high paying, local jobs provide long-term benefits to the local community, which include (but are not limited to):
- Increased local spending, in forms of residential and consumer goods
- Increased residential property values
- Maintaining population strength
- Social program benefits; school, road, hospital upgrades
Based on the last 12 months ending December 31st 2017, Gibraltar Mine spent over $281 million on supplier goods and services. Approximately 34% of these expenditures ($96 million) was purchased from suppliers and contractors in the BC Interior and Cariboo regions.
Some of Gibraltar’s regular supplier purchases include: Grinding media from Kamloops, Foundry service based out of Penticton, radios and satellites from Kamloops, lime based products from Cache Creek, blasting software and products from Delta, automotive supplies, printing services, and office supplies from Williams Lake, haul truck tires from Kamloops and Vernon, and valves and pumps purchased from a number of vendors across British Columbia.
Once in full operation, Florence Copper will employ approximately 170 people in a variety of positions from administration to operations. Similar to Gibraltar, hiring preference will be given to local residents.
Taseko’s commitment to communities extends beyond payroll and supplies.
Combined, the list of donations to charitable and community support groups provided by the Gibraltar Mine, the Florence Copper Project and Taseko is over $1.5 million. Some of the sponsorship and donation programs include:
United Way Campaign
Taseko employees are generous. Since 2008, Taseko-Gibraltar employees, along with the Company, have donated $660,000 to the Annual United Way Campaign, an employee driven program focused on local need.
Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre
In July 2013, Taseko made a three year $1.5 million commitment to help build a new Mental Health Facility at Vancouver General Hospital. It was the largest corporate contribution to mental health and helped in the drive to make the new Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre a reality. The funding will aid VGH in building a new state-of-the-art facility, which will provide a therapeutic and healing environment for patients from across the province.
Florence Copper Scholarships Program
Since 2011, Florence Copper has awarded over $50,000 in scholarships to high school seniors from Florence High School and Poston Butte High School as part of its Creating Opportunities Scholarship Program.
The Florence Copper Community Foundation
The Florence Copper Community Foundation was created to provide resources to initiatives that will effectively address community needs. The Florence Copper Community Foundation is committed to making a valuable contribution to the Town of Florence and greater Pinal County through charitable donations, community project support, and sponsorships.
To date over $41,000 has been awarded through the Florence Copper Foundation, including recipients such as: Honoring/Hiring/Helping Our Heroes of Pinal County, the Florence Food Bank, Copper Basin YMCA and the Future Forward Foundation.