Canada’s critical minerals strategy

Last updated: 21 August 2023

To fully unlock Canada’s minerals and metals potential, the government is taking a “mines to mobility” approach, leveraging Canada’s resource wealth and mining expertise to build the battery and critical mineral supply chains needed to supply the electric vehicle market and support the wider clean energy transition. The overall approach is grounded in the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan, a policy framework co-developed with provincial and territorial governments, industry and Indigenous groups. The Canadian government is currently undertaking work across a number of policy areas to support this goal. As a first step, Canada released its Critical Minerals List in March 2021, to provide greater certainty and predictability to industry, investors, provinces and territories and Canada’s international partners on Canada’s mineral priorities. Other current areas of work include: research and analysis to identify where Canada’s competitive advantage lies in various critical mineral value chains; exploring ways to reduce risk and environmental liability, as well as create economic opportunities through mining value from waste; engaging provinces and territories through the newly-created Federal-Provincial-Territorial Task Team on Critical Minerals; and collaborating with international partners to promote greater policy alignment and strengthen global supply chains.

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