Minister Alghabra announces investments for Canada’s first Critical Minerals Strategy

News release

April 20, 2022     Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Through Budget 2022: A Plan to Grow Our Economy and Make Life More Affordable, the Government of Canada is making targeted and responsible investments to create good jobs, fight climate change, and build a stronger economic future for all Canadians.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced investments to enhance Canadian mining industry's ability to provide the minerals and metals required to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

Facing the challenges of climate change, technological change, and a changing global economy, Canada’s economic success requires focused and concerted action. The Canada Growth Fund will be a new public investment vehicle that will operate at arms-length from the federal government. The fund will initially be capitalized at $15 billion over the next five years and will help attract substantial private sector investment to help meet important national economic policy goals.

Budget 2022 has also proposed significant investments, while working closely with affected Indigenous groups, to contribute to the development of a domestic zero-emissions vehicle chain. These investments will secure Canada’s place in important supply chains with other countries and implement a just and sustainable Critical Minerals Strategy.

In total, Budget 2022 proposes to provide up to $3.8 billion in support over eight years starting in 2022-23, to implement Canada’s first Critical Minerals Strategy. The Budget would:

  • commit $80 million to public geoscience and exploration programs to help find the next generation of critical minerals deposits.
  • double the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit for targeted critical minerals, including nickel, copper, cobalt, rare earths elements and uranium.
  • dedicates $1.5 billion for new infrastructure investments to unlock new mineral projects in critical regions, such as the Ring of Fire.
  • allocate $1.5 billion to invest in new critical minerals projects, with a priority focus on mineral processing, materials manufacturing and recycling for key mineral and metal products in the battery and rare earths elements supply chain.
  • allocate $144 million to critical minerals research and development to support the responsible extraction and processing of critical minerals.
  • renew the Centre of Excellence on Critical Minerals for three more years with an allocation of $10 million.
  • add $40 million to support northern regulatory processes in reviewing and permitting critical minerals projects.
  • invests $70 million for global partnerships to promote Canadian mining leadership.

Budget 2022 also proposes significant funding to make Canada a more attractive destination for critical minerals investment and to secure valuable agreements that would increase production of goods like electric vehicles and batteries. It proposes to:

  • provide up to $1 billion over six years, starting in 2024-25, for the Strategic Innovation Fund.
  • provide $1.5 billion that will support critical minerals projects, with prioritization given to manufacturing, processing, and recycling applications.
  • support innovative projects through the Strategic Innovation Fund, which will complement other proposed investments in the sector, including a proposed $1.5 billion investment in infrastructure.
  • explore potential opportunities to support the growth of the solar panel industry through these investments.

Quotes

“Budget 2022 is about growing our economy, creating good jobs, and building a Canada where no one is left behind. Our plan is responsible and considered, and it is going to mean more homes and good-paying jobs for Canadians; cleaner air and cleaner water for our children; and a stronger and more resilient economy for years to come. ”

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

“We all want to see a brighter future for Canadians. By implementing Canada’s first Critical Minerals Strategy, we are investing in our mining industry's ability to provide the minerals and metals required to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. We will see a growth in our economy, see thousands of good jobs created, and make Canada a vital part of the growing global critical minerals industry while improving the environment.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport

“Climate change is both the challenge of our time and the economic opportunity. The mining sector will play a critical role in supplying the minerals and metals for batteries and other technologies needed in the clean economy, and that is why Budget 2022 proposes major investments in this space. This makes good sense for the planet and for the economy.”

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources

Quick facts

  • Critical minerals are central to major global industries like clean technology, health care, aerospace, and computing. They are used in phones, computers, and in our cars.

  • Critical minerals are already essential to the global economy and will continue to be in even greater demand in the years to come.

  • Critical mineral mining projects are expensive and come with a unique set of challenges that can often include remote locations, changing prices, and lengthy regulatory processes. Budget 2022 proposes investments to help grow both Canada’s critical mineral industry and secure the good resource jobs of the future.

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Contacts

Laurel Lennox
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Laurel.Lennox@tc.gc.ca

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055
media@tc.gc.ca

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