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.
Taseko is committed to providing local jobs and supplier opportunities within the communities in which we operate.
Currently Taseko employs approximately 650 employees. Roughly 93% of Taseko’s wages are paid to those living in Williams Lake, Quesnel, and 100 Mile House, which equates to about $63 million in annual wages.
These high paying, local jobs provide long-term benefits to the Cariboo-Chilcotin, 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
In addition, based on 12 months ending December 31st 2015, Taseko-Gibraltar spent over $277 million on supplier goods and services. Approximately $92.5 million (38%) was purchased from suppliers and contractors in the BC Interior and Cariboo regions. This spend provides increased economic activity to the Cariboo region. Examples of purchases include:
- light vehicle fleet
- automotive parts
- fuel and greases
- pumps and pipes
- power transmission parts
- safety supplies
- catering services
- office supplies
- mill processing equipment
- bus transportation
Not only is Taseko dedicated to giving back to our communities, so are our employees.
United Way Campaign
Since 2008, Gibraltar and Taseko employees and the Company have donated $660,000 to our Annual United Way Campaign, an employee based program that was implemented as a way to give back to the communities that they call home.
Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre
In July 2013, Taseko made a $1.5 million commitment to the building of a new Mental Health Facility at Vancouver General Hospital, the largest corporate contribution to mental health in the drive to make the Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre a reality.
The funding, to be provided over the course of three years, 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. The current facility is 70 years old, worn out, and in desperate need of replacement.
“Taseko’s operations are exclusively British Columbia based. We have over 700 people and their families living in the province, primarily in Williams Lake and the Cariboo region; and although this new facility will exist in Vancouver, it will be available to improve the lives of British Columbians, regardless of where they live. That is important to us. We are proud to make this contribution to mental health care and recovery on behalf of our employees and shareholders,” says Taseko’s President and CEO Russell Hallbauer.
Combined, the list of donations to charitable and community support groups provided by Gibraltar Mine and Taseko totals $1.3 million Some of the sponsorship and donation programs include: