Statement on U.S. announcement regarding Section 232 uranium investigation


July 15, 2019 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement in response to the decision by the U.S. government to not impose restrictions on uranium imports:

“Canada and the United States are staunch allies in NORAD, in NATO and on the border between our two countries. Canadian uranium is not a threat to the national security of the United States. 

“We welcome this decision, which follows Prime Minister Trudeau’s meeting with President Trump on June 20, 2019, when this issue was raised by Canada. This also follows months of advocacy by the Canadian government and industry. 

“Canada is a stable and reliable supplier of uranium for American civilian nuclear power reactors. Our two countries need to work together to ensure we have reliable supplies of critical minerals, including uranium.

“Our government will continue to work with the uranium industry to support the sector, the workers, and their families.”

Quick facts

  • On July 18, 2018, the U.S. Department of Commerce initiated an investigation under Section 232 of the U.S. Trade Expansion Act (1962) into whether imports of uranium threaten to impair the United States’ national security.
  • On April 14, 2019, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce transmitted to the President his report on the investigation into the effect of imports of uranium on the national security of the United States under Section 232.
  • On July 12, 2019, the President announced in a memo that he did not concur with the Secretary’s finding that uranium imports threaten to impair the national security of the United States as defined under Section 232.


Adam Austen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

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