Feds invest over $344M in Canadian critical minerals development
by CM staff
A call for proposals, will be announced in the coming months.
TORONTO — Minister Wilkinson announced more details on the implementation of the Canadian Critical Minerals Strategy — launched by the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, in December 2022 — is backed by up to $3.8 billion in federal funding. Over $344 million in funding is supporting the following five new programs and initiatives:
- Critical Minerals Technology and Innovation Program – $144.4 million for the research, development, demonstration, commercialization and adoption of new technologies and processes that support sustainable growth in Canadian critical minerals value chains and associated innovation ecosystems.
- Critical Minerals Geoscience and Data Initiative – $79.2 million to enhance the quality and availability of data and digital technologies to support geoscience and mapping that will accelerate the efficient and effective development of Canadian critical minerals value chains, including by identifying critical minerals reserves and developing pathways for sustainable mineral development.
- Global Partnerships Program – $70 million to strengthen Canada’s global leadership role in enhancing critical minerals supply chain resiliency through international collaborations related to critical minerals.
- Northern Regulatory Initiative – $40 million to advance Canada’s northern and territorial critical minerals agenda by supporting regulatory dialogue, regional studies, land-use planning, impact assessments and Indigenous consultation.
- Renewal of the Critical Minerals Centre of Excellence (CMCE) – $10.6 million so the CMCE can continue the ongoing development and implementation of the Canadian Critical Minerals Strategy.
Further program details, including a call for proposals, will be announced in the coming months. The programs and initiatives announced build on previous investments that support critical minerals research and development. Investments under the Canadian Critical Minerals Strategy will support a range of industrial activities, from geoscience and exploration to mineral processing, manufacturing and recycling applications, including support for research, development and technological deployment.
“Canadian innovators are leading the way toward a cleaner future,” said Jonathan Wilkinson,Minister of Natural Resources. “Today’s investment of $344 million will help to advance the development of a dynamic and competitive critical minerals sector. This means good jobs for workers, more investment in Canadian innovation and lower emissions across the country — all part of our plan to build a cleaner Canada and a prosperous, sustainable economy that works for everyone.”
The funding through the CMRDD program includes:
- $795,524 for Sherritt International
- $3,545,000 for E3 Lithium
- $724,871 for FPX Nickel Corporation
- $5,000,000 for Search Minerals
- $3,000,000 for Geomega Resources
- $1,074,000 for Prairie Lithium
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