Tom Creighton and David Collins discovered the main lens of the Flin Flon volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) deposit in 1914. Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting quickly established a fully functional mine with one of the largest smelters in Canada. This investment by HBMS quickly developed Flin Flon into a thriving community.
In 1930, Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co. Limited (HBMS) started mining and exploration in this area. Open pit mining was the early major means of mining, which was gradually replaced by deep shafts.
Since then, operations of HBMS in the Flin Flon-Creighton area have become a critical factor that directly affects the stability and prosperity of the local economy.
Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co., Limited, now known as Hudbay Minerals Inc., operates 777 Mine, which is located adjacent to HudBay’s metallurgical complex with first production being in 2004. Trout Lake Mine first started production 1982 and is located 6 km northeast of Flin Flon.
Currently, HudBay employs approximately 1,180 people from Flin Flon and surrounding area.
Today, Hudbay Minerals Inc. is still the major employer in the area and mining is at the heart of the economy. Flin Flon has an above average household income, making it possible to sustain a healthy retail sector.