The Top Canadian Silver Stocks For December 2022

Posted on December 7, 2022 by Dan Kent
Many investors these days are looking for some sort of precious metal exposure among Canadian stocks. Whether it be gold, copper, or silver stocks, people are wanting precious metal exposure due to the current rates of inflation.

The counter point many investors make is that metals are not correlated with inflation. Which, is true in high inflationary periods. However, during rapid inflation, metals like gold and silver have been known to perform exceptionally well.

There are a multitude of ways to gain exposure as well. You can buy physical silver bullion in the form of bars or through an ETF, silver futures, or you can buy what we will be going over in this article, which is the top silver stocks in Canada.

Inflation is not the only reason investors are interested in the top silver stocks. Despite what most people think, 57% of silver is used in industrial fabrication, while only 17% jewelry. As we move towards EV vehicles, silver demand is expected to increase by 70% in the automotive sector by 2025.

As such, many Canadian investors are looking to learn what the best options are in terms of top silver stocks here in Canada. 

Many miners will have some exposure to silver, but in this article we will focus on companies that are essentially silver pure-plays, or in other words the vast majority of revenue comes from silver production.

Without further ado, lets get into the top Canadian silver stocks today.

The best silver stocks to be looking at in Canada today

  • First Majestic Silver (TSE:FR)
  • Silvercorp Metals (TSE:SVM)
  • Wheaton Precious Metals (TSE:WPM)

First Majestic Silver (TSE:FR)

First Majestic Silver (TSE:FR) is one of the largest silver mining companies in Canada, with over 50% of its revenue coming from silver, and the remaining coming from gold. At the time of writing, it has a market capitalization of $3.24B.

With operating mines in both Mexico and Nevada, the company mines in relatively safe jurisdictions. Interestingly, Mexico was the number one silver producing country of 2021, and will likely continue to be moving forward, as it currently has a significant edge over the number 2 producer being Peru.

The company has over 380,000 hectares of mining claims and aims to one day be one of the largest silver producers on the planet.

The company's 4 primary assets include the San Dimas, La Encantada and Santa Elena mines in Mexico, along with its single mine Jerritt Canyon, just outside of Elko Nevada.

However, it also has multiple projects on the go, including La Parrilla, La Guitarra, Del Toro, and San Martin.

With the inclusion of its newest mine Jerritt Canyon which it acquired in early 2021, the company is expected to produce 32-34 million silver equivalent ounces in 2021 at all in sustaining costs of $17.68-$18.42.

First Majestic is also investing heavily when it comes to new projects. The company expects to spend $199M in 2022 on development, exploration, PP&E, and corporate projects. This is a slight decrease to its Fiscal 2021 CAPEX, but is still significantly above 2020 and 2019 levels.

Make no mistake about it, this is a company that is going to rely heavily on the price of silver, and will likely fluctuate in line, or even at a faster pace, than the commodity itself. But with silver making up less of its overall revenue base, gold is now a driving factor as well.

More diversity for First Majestic is ultimately a good thing.

Silvercorp Metals Inc (TSE:SVM)

Silvercorp Metals (TSE:SVM) might not be as large as First Majestic, however the company does have a portfolio that adheres more to the investor looking to get pure silver exposure.

In fact, over its 16 year production life (2006-2022) the company has mined over 85 million ounces of silver, and 1.2B pounds of lead and zinc.

Silvercorp operates solely in China, with 3 main mines. One in the Henan Province, one in the Hunan Province, and one in the Guangdong Province.

If we look to total production, the company is expected to produce 6.5 million ounces in Fiscal 2022, which would mark a 200k~ increase from the year prior. Keep in mind, First Majestic (the company we spoke about above) expects production to be in the 33 million ounce range. So you can see that although Silvercorp is more directly focused on silver, it does not have the production capacity that a larger player like First Majestic does.

For some, the fact Silvercorp is a China pure-play will be somewhat of a deal breaker. There is routine turmoil in the country when it comes to conflicts with western nations, and many refuse to invest in a company that does business in China.

On a valuation basis the company looks extremely attractive when compared to its peers. In fact, in terms of price to cash flow, price to earnings, and EV/EBITDA, Silvercorp is one of the cheapest silver miners out there.

Its smaller stature and exposure to China is likely why investors are willing to pay less of a premium to hold the company.

Overall, I'd view this as one of the higher risk silver stocks on this list. But, one that no doubt exposes you to movements in silver prices in the form of a miner.

The company does pay a dividend, but it is relatively miniscule at a forward yield of only 0.9%.

Wheaton Precious Metals (TSE:WPM)

We've gone over a large cap silver stock and a small cap higher risk play. So now we felt it would be appropriate to cover a more reliable option in a precious metals streamer.

One of the best streamers in the country is Wheaton Precious Metals (TSE:WPM). Before we get into the benefits of Wheaton, lets look at what a streamer is.

Precious metal streamers will often loan miners money in exchange for cheaper prices in the future. This allows the miners to expand exploration efforts to develop new projects, while the streamers get the benefit of cheaper-than-market prices when it comes to gold, silver, and other precious metals.

As a streamer, it is not saddled with the high costs of exploration and development, permitting, construction, and ongoing mine maintenance. As such, WPM is less volatile than producers and exploration companies in the industry.

Wheaton has been known as a heavy silver play for quite some time now. And although it does still have plenty of exposure to silver (which is why it is on this list), it's diversifying into gold.

The company has 21 mines in operation and another 13 under development with many high quality partners.

If silver and gold were to rise, Wheaton would likely follow. But the best part about it is as a streamer, the company wouldn't be exposed to the extra risks that a miner is.

Wheaton's dividend approach is also a very unique one. This is a silver stock that does not have a set quarterly dividend. Instead, the dividend is tied to cash flows. The more Wheaton generates, the more it will return to shareholders. This is why in the chart below, Wheaton's dividend seems to be all over the place.

The company aims to distribute 30% of the previous four quarters of operating cash flow as a dividend. As long as Wheaton's cash flows are positive, you will receive some sort of dividend. Which, makes it one of the more reliable dividends in the industry.

Overall, these 3 Canadian silver stocks should provide a variety of options

Be aware that when you invest in a silver producer like First Majestic or Silvercorp, you're relying heavily on the price of silver. Not so much Wheaton Precious Metals as with its streaming capability it is likely to be less volatile. But with the other two, if silver dips or rises, they will likely follow.

If you're going to invest in silver stocks, you have to do so with a long term mentality and be able to withstand the ebbs and flows of the commodity markets in general. These stocks are not for the faint of heart, and will be subject to large volatility as you can see in most of these price charts.

If you're looking for alternative options for your research that didn't make this list, have a peek at Fortuna Silver Mines (TSE:FVI), and Pan American Silver (TSE:PAAS).

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Dan Kent

About the author

An active dividend and growth investor, Dan has been involved with the website since its inception. He is primarily a researcher and writer here at, and his pieces have numerous mentions on the Globe and Mail, Forbes, Winnipeg Free Press, and other high authority financial websites. He has become an authority figure in the Canadian finance niche, primarily due to his attention to detail and overall dedication to achieving the highest returns on his investments. Investing on his own since he was 19 years old, Dan has compiled the experience and knowledge needed to be successful in the world of self-directed investing, and is always happy to bring that knowledge to readers and any other publications that give him the opportunity to write. He has completed the Canadian Securities Course, manages his TFSA, RRSPs and a LIRA at Qtrade, and has compiled a real estate portfolio of his primary residence and 2 rental properties, all before his 30th birthday.