CanmetMATERIALS, Natural Resources Canada


(Hamilton, Ontario)

Natural Resources Canada's CanmetMATERIALS is Canada’s principal federal research and development laboratory for metals research, including materials for use in automotive applications, clean energy including nuclear power generation, major infrastructure such as pipelines, defence and eco-materials. CanmetMATERIALS is well known for its pilot-scale facilities for metallurgy, supporting innovation in steel, aluminum, magnesium and other metals, alloys and composite materials for nearly 70 years.

Types of R&D conducted

Advanced Materials for Transportation

Materials for Pipeline Integrity

Materials for Nuclear and Conventional Energy

Emerging Materials


In collaboration with industry, CanmetMATERIALS develops and deploys technologies to improve all aspects of producing and using value-added products from minerals and metals. Specifically, CanmetMATERIALS focuses on research related to metal processing (casting, forming, joining, advanced materials, and prototype development), and maintains in-depth competencies for materials assessment (microstructural characterization, corrosion, physical and mechanical testing) to:

CanmetMATERIALS houses the Government of Canada’s Non-Destructive Testing Certifying Agency, a key service that has been in existence for over 50 years.

Partners and collaboration opportunities

Over 90% of CanmetMATERIALS’s research activities are undertaken in collaboration with partners across Canada and internationally in four main program areas: Advanced Materials for Transportation, Materials for Pipeline Integrity, Materials for Nuclear and Conventional Energy and Emerging Materials.

Mechanisms available:

The Academic Access Program is one of only two NSERC-funded programs in federal laboratories. It enables university researchers to work with CanmetMATERIALS researchers to access unique pilot-scale facilities for producing and studying a variety of materials.

“As a Technical Program Manager for the U.S. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), I have had the opportunity to work with CanmetMATERIALS over a period of several years in research areas of mutual interest to the automotive industry. The variety and breadth of the lab’s research facilities and equipment and the expertise of its staff are impressive. Under the umbrella of the Canada-U.S. Clean Energy Dialogue, ORNL and CanmetMATERIALS have developed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate increased collaboration, which will undoubtedly lead to the successful development of technologies of importance to industrial partners in Canada and the United States.”

-- Philip S. Sklad, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Technical Program Manager (retired) for the U.S. Department of Energy Lightweight Materials Program

Unique or high-value hardware and/or software


Mr. Hitesh Jain
Business and Contracts Manager
CanmetMATERIALS Technology Laboratory
Minerals and Metals Sector
Natural Resources Canada
83 Longwood Road South, Office 213B
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 0A5
Tel.: 905-645-0699
Fax: 905-645-0831

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