Federal government announces strategy to boost critical minerals sector

In December 2022, Natural Resources Canada Minister Jonathan Wilkinson releases the government’s critical minerals strategy (CMS). Wilkinson said the plan would “seize a generational opportunity for clean, inclusive growth.” The government’s rationale for the strategy is that critical minerals (also called transition minerals) are the building blocks of clean technology, and they help create good […]

Canada’s shift to greener energy faces long road

Ottawa has approved an environmental assessment for a lithium mining project in Quebec, as Canada looks to grow its presence in the critical mineral space and shift towards clean energy. Mackenzie Gray looks at how Canada wants to gain a footing in the race for rare earth element production, and how there’s still a long […]

Op-ed: Canada’s Opportunity – Building the Mining Projects the World Needs

By now it is a foregone conclusion that in order for net-zero to be achieved the increased adoption of low carbon technologies is essential, with mining propelling the current seismic energy transition. Electric cars cannot exist without lithium, nickel and cobalt, nuclear energy without uranium, wind turbines and solar panels without copper, zinc, iron and […]

Canada’s new foreign investment scrutiny a risk for M&A in key sectors

Canadian financial dealmakers are raising the alarm about Ottawa’s proposal to more closely scrutinize national security implications of foreign acquisitions of Canadian companies, warning that such interventions could deter foreign investments and slow impending deals in critical sectors.

Uranium exploration supported in Canadian critical minerals strategy

The government’s newly released strategy maps out how Canada can seize the “generational opportunity” presented by a global energy transition underpinned by the exploration, extraction, processing, product manufacturing and recycling of critical minerals including uranium.

Canada’s critical minerals policy has critics

Canada’s new critical minerals strategy has won plaudits from mining firms in the sector for tax breaks, permitting reform and promises of government support for projects from lithium to copper and infrastructure. But not everyone has welcomed the move.

Plaudits for federal critical minerals strategy

Should a new Canadian lithium or cobalt mine get fast-tracked under Canada’s new critical minerals strategy, what’s to stop the mine owners from selling these key battery minerals to battery makers in China?