(Ontario) Critical Minerals Strategy 2022–2027: Unlocking potential to drive economic recovery and prosperity

Last updated: 10 December 2023

Ontario’s Critical Minerals Strategy is a comprehensive, five-year roadmap aimed at the province’s position as a reliable global supplier of responsibly sourced critical minerals. The strategy is in concert with other transformative government initiatives, such as Driving Prosperity: The Future of Ontario’s Automotive Sector and A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan. Taken together, these initiatives will ensure that Ontario can grow advanced manufacturing supply chains, including those related to electric vehicle production, and create sustainable economic development opportunities.
The Strategy is structured around six pillars:

  1. Enhancing geoscience information and supporting critical minerals exploration;
  2. Growing domestic processing and creating resilient local supply chains;
  3. Improving Ontario's regulatory framework;
  4. Investing in critical minerals research, innovation and development;
  5. Building economic development opportunities with Indigenous partners;
  6. Growing the labour supply and developing a skilled labour force.

The Strategy establishes Ontario's critical minerals list: antimony, barite, beryllium, bismuth, cesium, chromite, cobalt, copper, fluorspar, gallium, germanium, graphite, indium, lithium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, nobium, phosphate, platinum group elements (PGEs), rare earth elements (REEs), scandium, selenium, tantalum, tellurium, tin, titanium, tungsten, uranium, vanadium, zinc and zirconium. 

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