There is no global clean energy future without accelerated activity along the critical minerals value chain. Critical minerals are not just the building blocks of clean technology like solar panels and electric vehicle batteries — they are a key ingredient for creating middle-class jobs and growing a strong, globally competitive Canadian economy.
The move toward a global net-zero economy is generating a significant increase in demand for critical minerals and the clean technologies they enable around the world, creating a generational opportunity for Canadian workers and Canadian businesses. Concurrent geopolitical dynamics have caused like-minded countries to reflect on the need to have stable and secure supplies of these resources and technologies — produced in a way that is compatible with science-driven climate and nature goals and in meaningful consultation and partnership with Indigenous Peoples.
It is in this context that representatives from governments and businesses around the world gathered this week in Toronto for the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention — the world’s premier annual exploration and mining event.
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, along with the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance; the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry; the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development; the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, PrairiesCan and CanNor; the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario; and Julie Dabrusin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, participated in the convention in order to position Canada as the global supplier of choice for critical minerals and the clean technologies they enable. Over the course of four days, Minister Wilkinson announced:
Additionally, Minister Wilkinson engaged in meaningful collaboration with:
Minister Wilkinson’s participation at PDAC builds on his visit last week to Thunder Bay and Sudbury, Ontario, where he engaged with students at Lakehead University on the role of research and innovation in advancing sustainable economic development priorities; met with representatives of the Thunder Bay and Sudbury Chambers of Commerce; chaired a roundtable with mining stakeholders on net-zero growth opportunities through critical minerals; announced a $100,000 partnership with Cambrian College to install EV chargers under the Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program; and announced a $35-million investment to deploy a combined heat and power facility using locally sourced wood waste to produce energy for Whitesand First Nation and the communities of Armstrong and Collins, Ontario.
This week’s announcements are part of a series of significant steps the Government of Canada continues to take to support good jobs and promote sustainable growth, including the launch of Canada’s Critical Minerals Strategy and Canada’s founding of the Sustainable Critical Minerals Alliance last fall.
Minister Wilkinson will continue to work with all partners to establish Canada as the global supplier of choice for clean energy in a net-zero world — ensuring a prosperous and clean future for Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
“Critical minerals represent a generational economic opportunity for Canada. Canada is building on its global leadership in the mining industry to seize this opportunity, and the federal government is all in.”
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson
Minister of Natural Resources
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