Québec Plan for the Development of Critical and Strategic Minerals 2020-2025

Last updated: 11 December 2023

The Québec Plan for the Development of Critical and Strategic Minerals (CSMs) addresses the challenges faced by the rising demand for CSM in the transition to a greener economy. The strategy is backed by a CAD 90 million investment linked to CSMs to continue the province's renewable energy transition.
The document establishes 10 critical (antimony, bismuth, cadmium, cesium, copper, tin, gallium, indium, tellurium and zinc) and 12 strategic minerals (cobalt, rare earth elements, platinum group elements, graphite, lithium, nickel, magnesium, niobium, scandium, tantalum, titanium and vanadium).
The Plan is composed of four orientations, each supported by objectives and targeted actions to implement the overarching vision. A complete summary table can be found in the appendix of the Plan.
Orientation 1: Increase knowledge and expertise on CSMs

  • Objective 1.1: Appraise the potential of CSM deposits in Québec
  • Objective 1.2: Improve knowledge of CSMs by encouraging synergies in research and development and innovation

Orientation 2: Deploy or optimise integrated sectors in partnership with the CSM producing regions

  • Objective 2.1: Foster sustainable CSM exploration and development
  • Objective 2.2: Support the transformation and creation of value-added products associated with the CSM sectors
  • Objective 2.3: Improve multi-user infrastructures and access corridors to CSM resources
  • Objective 2.4: Stimulate the implemetnation of structuring and AI initiatives in Québec mining companies

Orientation 3: Contribute to the transition to a sustainable economy

  • Objective 3.1: Foster integration of the circular economy in the CSM value chains
  • Objective 3.2: Promote the development of a CSM recycling industry in Québec
  • Objective 3.3: Stimulate the implementation of initiatives in view of reduction of the environmental impacts of CSM mining and reclamation projects

Orientation 4: Raise awareness, guide and promote

  • Objective 4.1: Raise awareness of the population and local and indigenous stakeholders about the issues, impacts and implications related to CSM development for Québec and its regions
  • Objective 4.2: Promote the CSM sectors

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