Ontario Critical Minerals Framework Discussion Paper

ERO number
019-3281
Notice type
Policy
Act
Mining Act, R.S.O. 1990
Posted by
Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines
Transferred to
Ministry of Energy
Notice stage
Decision
Decision posted
Comment period
March 10, 2021 - June 11, 2021 (94 days) Closed
Last updated

This consultation was open from:
March 10, 2021
to June 11, 2021

Decision summary

The Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines released a discussion paper for public consultation to help the ministry develop Ontario’s first-ever critical minerals strategy.

Decision details

This discussion paper outlines Ontario’s proposal for developing a critical minerals strategy and solicits feedback from stakeholders and Indigenous communities to inform the strategy. The strategy will support the mineral development sector, high-growth sectors, innovative technologies and the transition towards a low-carbon economy both at home and abroad. The Strategy will also aim to generate economic development opportunities for Northern and Indigenous communities.

The information we gather through public comment and consultation sessions will inform the development of Ontario’s first-ever Critical Minerals Strategy. The discussion paper is focused on five areas:

  • Supporting partnership opportunities with Indigenous peoples
  • Finalizing an Ontario critical minerals list
  • Enhancing investment in mineral exploration and development
  • Regulatory and policy reform
  • Supply chain and manufacturing opportunities

The paper will discuss why global demand is increasing and how Ontario can play a role in supplying responsibly sourced critical minerals to domestic and international markets.

Comments received

Through the registry

40

By email

0

By mail

0
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Effects of consultation

The Ministry received 40 comments, from 21 unique commenters, during the 94-day comment period on our Environmental Registry posting. The comments expressed the following:

  • Both pleasure and displeasure with the proposed approach to the critical minerals strategy;
  • Many comments which address specific suggestions related to the supporting partnerships opportunities with Indigenous peoples;
  • Very few comments on the critical minerals list;
  • Key proposals about how the ministry could enhance investment in mineral exploration and development;
  • Specific feedback on the regulatory and policy reform key areas of focus; and
  • Several comments on how to create more integrated supply chains and increase manufacturing opportunities.

We have reviewed the comments and they will be considered as Ontario prepares its first-ever critical minerals strategy.

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Contact

Nick Head-Peterson

Phone number
Office
Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines - Willet Green Miller Centre
Address

933 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, ON
P3E 6B5
Canada

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Original proposal

ERO number
019-3281
Notice type
Policy
Act
Mining Act, R.S.O. 1990
Posted by
Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines
Proposal posted

Comment period

March 10, 2021 - June 11, 2021 (94 days)

Proposal details

Introduction

This discussion paper outlines Ontario’s proposal for developing a critical minerals strategy and solicits feedback from stakeholders and Indigenous communities to inform the strategy. The strategy will support the mineral development sector, high-growth sectors, innovative technologies and the transition towards a low-carbon economy both at home and abroad. The Strategy will also aim to generate economic development opportunities for Northern and Indigenous communities.

The information we gather through public comment and consultation sessions will inform the development of Ontario’s first-ever Critical Minerals Strategy. The discussion paper is focused on five areas:

  • Supporting partnership opportunities with Indigenous peoples
  • Finalizing an Ontario critical minerals list
  • Enhancing investment in mineral exploration and development
  • Regulatory and policy reform
  • Supply chain and manufacturing opportunities

The paper will discuss why global demand is increasing and how Ontario can play a role in supplying responsibly sourced critical minerals to domestic and international markets. 

Opportunities for Input

We are interested in your input. There are questions throughout the  discussion paper that cover: 

  • The proposed objectives and key long-term outcomes for Ontario’s Critical Minerals Strategy.
  • The minerals identified as critical here in Ontario and which minerals could be developed to supply global markets.
  • Where government should prioritize investments to best support critical minerals projects.
  • Proposals for policy, regulatory and strategic initiatives that would support the development of critical minerals in Ontario.
  • How Ontario should attract investment in its critical minerals projects.
  • How Ontario can supply emerging sectors and industries with responsibly-sourced raw materials needed to meet regional, national and international demands.
  • How to unlock new opportunities for Indigenous communities to participate in and benefit from critical minerals projects.
  • Identifying new supply chain opportunities to build emerging technologies in Ontario.

Feedback

We welcome your feedback on these opportunities and other considerations.

The feedback we receive will help us develop the Critical Minerals Strategy for Ontario.

Please click the link below for the discussion paper and discussion questions.

Supporting materials

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Important notice: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, viewing supporting materials in person is not available at this time.

Please reach out to the Contact listed in this notice to see if alternate arrangements can be made.

Comment

Commenting is now closed.

This consultation was open from March 10, 2021
to June 11, 2021

Connect with us

Contact

Nick Head-Petersen

Phone number
Office
Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Mines and Minerals Division, Strategic Services Branch
Address

2nd Floor, 933 Ramsay Lake Road
Sudbury, ON
P3E 6B5
Canada

Office phone number