Canada’s Critical Minerals Strategy
We are working on a Critical Minerals Strategy for Canada.
Our commitment is to launch a strategy that will help advance the development of critical mineral resources and value chains to power the green and digital economy at home and around the world. The term value chain refers to processes or activities that add value to our natural resources – from mineral exploration and extraction to processing, refining, manufacturing and recycling.
By adding value to each stage of the development process, Canada will be a global leader in the responsible, inclusive, and sustainable production of critical minerals, from mines to manufacturing.
The Strategy includes six areas of focus:
- Driving research, innovation and exploration
- Accelerating project development
- Building sustainable infrastructure
- Advancing Indigenous reconciliation
- Growing a diverse workforce and prosperous communities
- Strengthening global leadership and security
Leveraging our expertise in research and development
Through a robust network of research and development (R&D) labs, Canada has the science, technologies and tools to be a leader in the sustainable development of Canada’s mineral resources.
R&D investment grew significantly in 2021, with $47.7M allocated to support the development of critical mineral value chains. This funding will enable Canada to remain a trusted provider of responsibly sourced materials, while developing the technology needed to build a low-carbon economy.
Building on our extensive work and engagement in the field
Our approach to critical minerals builds on extensive public and Indigenous consultations for the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan, as well as multi-stakeholder evidence and recommendations from the June 2021 report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources, From Mineral Exploration to Advanced Manufacturing: Developing Value Chains for Critical Minerals in Canada.
A number of our strategic partnerships and engagement forums will inform the implementation of the Canadian strategy over the long term:
- Critical Minerals Industry Engagement Forum (CMIEF)
- Critical Minerals Indigenous Engagement Strategy
- Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Task Team on Critical Minerals and Battery Value Chains
- Canada-U.S. Joint Action Plan on Critical Minerals Collaboration
- Critical Minerals Working Group under the Canada-Japan Energy Policy Dialogue
- other intergovernmental and stakeholder engagement forums
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