Critical Minerals Research, Development and Demonstration Program

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Advancing the commercial readiness of emerging mineral processing operations or technologies

The Critical Minerals Research, Development and Demonstration Program (CMRDD) is providing $192.1 million in federal funding to support the development of innovative processing technologies for the critical minerals industry, which will help advance Canadian mining projects toward production and further develop domestic critical minerals value chains.

The CMRDD is administered through two funding streams:

Federal research and development projects

Closed for applications

Funds federal research and development (R&D) projects that are aligned with industry needs and supported by several of Canada’s federal research facilities

Project applications from the most recent expression of interest intake process are currently in review. Funded projects will be announced in spring 2024.

Contribution funding

Closed for applications

Funds to advance technological solutions for the production of critical minerals at several stages, such as processing, downstream product manufacturing and recycling

Project applications from the most recent call for proposals are currently in review. Funded projects will be announced in spring 2024.

Background

Within each funding stream, allocations will be made in phases as funding becomes available. The following provides a breakdown of budget allocations to date:

Federal research and development

Between 2022 and 2024, $35.7 million was allocated to 30 R&D projects undertaken by federal research laboratories and focused on battery minerals, mining value from waste, clean tech and other value chains. Learn more about Canada’s R&D projects.

The most recent budget will allocate up to $44.4 million to federal R&D laboratories for the development of new or improved technologies that support the advancement of critical mineral value chains. In order to better align federal R&D with industry needs, industry and academia were invited to submit an expression of interest to collaborate with federal research laboratories on upstream and midstream projects at low to mid technology readiness levels (TRL) 2–5 with the capacity to:

Status: This call for applications is closed. A list of funded projects will be announced soon.

Contribution funding

Between 2022 and 2025, $22.2 million in contribution funding was allocated to pilot plant and demonstration projects. In total, eight projects were funded to validate the feasibility and viability of processing technologies. See the list of funded projects below.

The most recent call for proposals will allocate up to $40 million to support midstream projects at technology readiness levels 6–8. This will help to advance the commercial readiness of emerging processing technologies and provide raw material inputs for use in:

Status: This call for applications is closed. Funded projects will be announced and listed below.

Funded Projects

The following is a list of projects that received contribution funding from the CMRDD Program (additional projects will be announced soon). These projects help to advance production of zero-emission vehicle batteries and other clean technologies such as the manufacturing of permanent magnets.

La Loutre Graphite Upgrading

Organization: Lomiko Metals Inc.

Description: Pilot upgrading of 200 tonnes of La Loutre graphite to prove the suitability of the battery anode material meeting purity levels of over 99.95% graphitic carbon content and very low impurity content

Amount funded: $4,941,590

Status: Expected to start in 2024

Critical Mineral: Graphite

Location: Lac-des-plages, Quebec

Cobalt Sulphate Process Pilot

Organization: Fortune Minerals Limited

Description: Pilot hydrometallurgical process to validate and optimize process conditions for the production of high-purity cobalt sulphate, bismuth ingots and blending of process streams; and the validation of gypsum by-product; as well as ensure the process residue is stable for safe disposal

Amount funded: $714,500

Status: Launched in November 2023; expected to be completed by March 2025

Critical Minerals: Cobalt, nickel

Location: Northwest Territories

*Building on this project, additional funding of up to $7.5 million from Canada’s Global Partnerships Initiative may be allocated to Fortune to help advance engineering for mine site and refinery infrastructure through the completion of its Front-End Engineering and Design study.

RapidSX™ Commercialization Demonstration Plant

Organization: Ucore Rare Metals Inc.

Description: Demonstrate the commercial efficacy of the RapidSX™ rare earth elements separation technology platform under rigorously simulated commercial conditions

Amount funded: $4,275,848

Status: Launched in November 2023; expected to be completed in March 2025

Critical Minerals: Rare earth elements

Location: Kingston, Ontario

Technical and Economical Feasibility of Dumont Nickel Concentrate

Organization: Magneto Investments Limited Partnership

Description: Explore and optimize the key design parameters of processing nickel concentrate into battery intermediates (i.e., mixed hydroxide precipitate and nickel sulphate) using a hydrometallurgical program

Amount funded: $4,493,889

Status: Launched in November 2023; expected to be completed in March 2025

Critical Minerals: Nickel, cobalt

Location: Amos, Quebec

Solvent Extraction for the Separation of Dysprosium and Terbium

Organization: Saskatchewan Research Council

Description: Develop, design, install, commission and test the separation of dysprosium and terbium oxide, using a solvent extraction process

Amount funded: $4,990,000

Status: Launched in October 2023; expected to be completed in March 2025

Critical Minerals: Rare earth elements

Location: Saskatchewan

Battery Material Supply Chain Integration

Organization: FPX Nickel Corp.

Description: Demonstrate the technical and economic viability to produce battery-grade, high-purity nickel, cobalt and copper for the zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) battery supply chain from the Baptiste Nickel Project

Amount funded: $724,858

Status: Launched in March 2023; expected to be completed in July 2024

Critical Minerals: Nickel, cobalt, copper

Location: British Columbia

Recycling and Production of Rare-Earth Oxides from Permanent Magnet Scrap

Organization: Geomega Resources Inc.

Description: Demonstrate the sustainability of an innovative process to recycle rare earth elements from magnet scrap with a lower carbon footprint compared to other standard processes

Amount funded: $3,000,000

Status: Launched in March 2023; expected to be completed in February 2025

Critical Minerals: Rare earth elements

Location: Saint-Hubert and Longueuil, Quebec

Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) Pilot Project

Organization: E3 Lithium Ltd

Description: Construct and operate a DLE pilot plant that extracted lithium from brine using proprietary DLE technology

Amount funded: $3,545,000

Status: Launched March 2023; completed March 2024

Critical Mineral: Lithium

Location: Calgary, Alberta

Mixed Hydroxide Precipitate (MHP) Integration into Sherritt’s Fort Saskatchewan Metals Refinery

Organization: Sherritt International Corporation

Description: Evaluate the feasibility and opportunity of using MHP as an additional feed material to efficiently produce high-purity nickel and cobalt

Amount funded: $575,300

Status: Launched in March 2023; completed in March 2024

Critical Minerals: Nickel, cobalt

Location: Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

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