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
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 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|
Government R&D will focus on:
- extracting minerals from ore in Canada, with a focus on processing and refining technologies needed to transform ore minerals effectively and efficiently into midstream chemical components
- extracting minerals from mineral-bearing waste streams in Canada, with a focus on developing processing technologies needed to extract minerals from mine tailings, coal ash, slag, and sludge or other mining residuals
- extracting minerals from post-consumer waste, such as used batteries
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.
Helps high-growth Canadian businesses stay in Canada. A wide range of services is provided, including financing, exporting, innovation and business advice.
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.
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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