Canada’s Updated Critical Minerals List ‘Effectively Meaningless’, Critics Warn

The Energy Mix

Christopher Bonasia, The Energy Mix

The priority list for the critical minerals that Ottawa calls the “building blocks for the green and digital economy” is “effectively meaningless”, critics say, with broad, subjective criteria that lack sufficient focus on the energy transition.

First published by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) in 2021, with 31 minerals critical to the “sustainable economic success of Canada and its allies,” the list is meant to aid in “building an industrial base for the low-carbon, digitized economy,” while providing certainty to industry, trading partners, and investors on “what Canada has to offer.”


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