Federal support for critical mineral projects and value chains

The Government of Canada offers a wide range of programs and policies to support the development of critical mineral projects and value chains. The Critical Minerals Centre of Excellence is here to provide strategic guidance to help businesses make the most of these programs.

Open funding opportunities

Critical Minerals Research, Development and Demonstration Program

Status: This call for proposals is now closed

Up to $5 million for technologies that are well advanced in helping Canada to produce key critical minerals and need a financial contribution to continue their development.

Investing in critical minerals

Canada’s approach to critical minerals is forward-looking, wide reaching and long-term. Investment in research and development (R&D) grew significantly in 2021 with $47.7 million allocated to support the development of critical mineral value chains. This three-year research development and demonstration plan covers funding to support the following work.

Government R&D $28.80M
Internal research $22.20M
Capital expenses $6.60M
Government R&D through procurement $6.80M
Grants and contributions funding $12.00M
Pilot plant projects for critical minerals $10.95M
Grants and prize-based challenges $1.05M
Total $47.70M

Government R&D will focus on:

The grants and contribution program aims to advance the commercial readiness of emerging mineral processing unit operations or technologies to support the development of zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) value chains in Canada by providing raw material inputs for use in batteries and permanent magnets.

Get support as you grow

As we develop and launch new funding opportunities specific to critical minerals, the following government programs and services are available to help your business.

Accelerated Growth Service

Helps high-growth Canadian businesses stay in Canada. A wide range of services is provided, including financing, exporting, innovation and business advice.

Strategic Innovation Fund

Allocates repayable and non-repayable contributions to innovative firms and high-growth sectors. The minimum contribution is $10 million for proposals with total costs of at least $20 million.

Regional Development Programs

Canada’s Regional Development Agencies offer a wide range of financial programs to help regional businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive.

Access financial and advisory support

The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC) offer a range of financing options and advisory services to support Canadian businesses. Sustainable Development Technology Canada may also have funding options for critical mineral projects.

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