Rapport sur les minéraux critiques au Canada -Revue de presse de février

We've reviewed and provided a round up of all the important critical minerals reporting for Canada in the month of February.

Minister Champagne Met with Players from the Mining and Critical Minerals Sector in Abitibi-Témiscamingue

On February 20th, the The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, was in Abitibi-Témiscamingue to take part in discussions with players from the mining and critical minerals sector. Sébastien Lemire, Member of Parliament for Abitibi–Témiscamingue, also took part in the engagement.

Canada to Boost Supply of Critical Minerals and Strengthen Value Chains with Investment in the Saskatchewan Research Council

During the Canada-UK Industrial Decarbonization Forum, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, joined by Mike Crabtree, President and CEO of the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC), announced an investment of $4,990,000 to SRC through the Critical Minerals Research, Development and Demonstration (CMRDD) program.

With this funding, SRC will develop an advanced and innovative process to separate rare earth elements (REE). These are alloys that are essential for clean energy sources and technologies such as wind turbines and electric vehicles. This will help increase the supply of metals that are needed for the development of a domestic electric vehicle value chain. This process will produce enough material to help build over half a million electric vehicle motors annually. Further, once the project is complete, Canada will be able to produce these critical minerals at commercial scale — a Canadian first for rare earth element processing.

Canada Announces Over $4 million to Support Critical Minerals Value Chain and Create Good Jobs in Ontario

Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, announced a $4.2-million investment to Ucore Rare Metals Inc. (Ucore). This investment will help scale up and demonstrate the commercial efficacy of Ucore’s pending patent and Canadian-developed rare earth element separation technology platform under rigorously simulated commercial conditions.

Funded through the Critical Minerals Research, Development and Demonstration (CMRDD) program, Ucore’s project will support Canada in increasing its metals that are essential to the development of electric vehicle motors. This is a critical step in the development of a domestic electric vehicle value chain.

Instead of shipping Canada’s concentrates overseas for foreign separation, Ucore’s project will support Canada’s direct participation in the growing market of heavy and light rare earth elements. This funding will also provide employment opportunities for skilled trades and professional occupations, including Indigenous communities.

Importantly, the investment supports the development of Canadian expertise and deploys a new, more sustainable technology to the benefit of other domestic companies. In addition to electric vehicles, rare earth elements are also required for wind turbines and a variety of electronics.

Northern Ontario Mining Showcase to feature 112 Northern Ontario suppliers at PDAC 2024

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor, announced the roster of 112 businesses and organizations that will take part in the FedNor-funded
Northern Ontario Mining Showcase (NOMS) at the 2024 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) International Convention.

Led by the City of Temiskaming Shores, NOMS provides a unique opportunity for exhibitors to increase sales, exports and showcase Northern Ontario innovation, including some of the latest in mining equipment, tools, products, services, and clean-tech. Spanning an impressive 13,200 square feet and featuring a jam-packed roster of mining supply and services exhibitors, the pavilion will be one of the largest attractions at the world’s premier mineral exploration and mining convention.

Based on NOMS’ impressive record of success, the Government of Canada invested $781,750 to support the continued evolution of the pavilion for 2024. Since its inception in 2015, the FedNor-funded pavilion has nearly tripled in size and helped participants create over 900 jobs and generate more than $100 million in increased sales.

Rio Tinto and Government of Canada Partner to Decarbonize Iron Ore Processing in Labrador West

The Government of Canada awarded C$18.1 million from its Low Carbon Economy Fund to Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) to support the decarbonization of iron ore processing at its operations in Labrador West.

The funding will enable IOC to reduce the amount of heavy fuel oil that is consumed in the production of iron ore pellets and concentrate. The company will install an electric boiler to displace emissions from the usage of the heavy fuel oil boilers, as well as instrumentation and fuel-efficient burners to further reduce heavy fuel oil consumption from induration machines.

Over the lifetime of this project, IOC will see a cumulative reduction of about 2.2 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

Installation of the new equipment will begin in the second quarter of 2024 and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2025. The project will create more than 100 jobs during the construction and implementation stages in Labrador West.

Anxiety Grows as Southern Quebec Sees Boom in Mining Claims

A boom in mining claims is on in Quebec as prospectors anticipate explosive demand for minerals used in electric batteries. The rush has people laying claim all over — even under people’s homes. In response, residents and municipalities are calling for the rules to be tightened.

While most mining in Quebec still takes place in the province’s north, the demand for graphite and lithium — crucial components in electric vehicle batteries — has miners expanding their search to southern regions, where the industry is unfamiliar to residents and local governments.

Reported by Global News

At This Open-Pit Gold Mine in Northeastern Ontario, where the Trucks Drive Themselves

A new open-pit gold mine in northeastern Ontario has turned to automation — including nearly 300-tonne hauling trucks that drive themselves — in a bid to increase productivity and worker safety.
The Côté Gold project near Gogama, halfway between Sudbury and Timmins, is expected to produce around 440,000 ounces of gold a year over the next 18 years.

To extract the precious metal, massive Caterpillar mining trucks will haul more than 30,000 tonnes of ore every day so they can be processed. The mine currently has 14 of the mining trucks, which can carry around 200 tonnes of ore in a single load, and will have 23 when production fully ramps up.

Toronto-based IAMGOLD, which operates the mine, has leaned on knowledge from Caterpillar and the Alberta oilsands — where autonomous trucks have been used for several years — to build Ontario’s first mine to use the automated vehicles.

Reported by CBC News

Battery Metals Association of Canada Releases Value Chain Roadmap

Determined to realise Canada’s net zero future, in 2022, the Battery Metals Association of Canada released a roadmap for Canada’s battery value chain. In collaboration with the Energy Futures Lab, Accelerate ZEV, and The Transition Accelerator, this roadmap presents a national strategy to enable Canada to leverage its abundant mineral resources while also driving its net-zero future.

Reported by Innovation News Network

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