A $3.2-billion lithium mining project in southern British Columbia is expected to create as many as 6,000 jobs, according to the B.C. Mining Corporation.
The $3-billion project is expected add up to about 7,000 new jobs over 10 years, the company said in a release.
The project is being developed by the British Columbia Mines Corporation.
The company says it expects about 1,200 permanent jobs will be created, and some 2,000 temporary jobs will also be created.
The project includes three coal mines, two hydroelectric projects and a thermal power plant.
The mines are located near the town of Bancroft.
The B.S.M.C., which operates the mines, has hired 2,700 workers and plans to add 1,000 permanent jobs.
It is also looking to expand the number of permanent jobs in the area by about 400, which it said would allow it to expand capacity by adding new facilities.
A total of 1,350 jobs are projected to be created in the province.
Earlier this year, B.A. Hydro said it was looking to add 4,400 permanent jobs to its Bancrow plant, while the Bancross Mine in British Colombia plans to hire 2,400 workers.