Critical Materials in Canada and the US 2022

In May 2022, as part of Innovate UK’s Global Expert Missions Programme commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) with funding from the Global Research & Innovation Programme (GRIP), a team of UK experts led by Innovate UK KTN visited Canada and the US to improve our understanding of the research and innovation landscape in the field of critical materials.


Critical Materials in Canada and the US in 2022


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Abstract from outcome report:

Canada has a well-established primary mineral extraction industry alongside a long-term critical minerals strategy, and the government has invested in a number of key research programmes. The Critical Minerals Research, Development and Demonstration (CMRDD) programme aims to scale-up fundamental research to pilot-scale and demonstration projects. In the recent budget, the Canadian government announced an investment of CAD$2 billion into the production and processing of critical minerals. This is largely to support the growing battery electric vehicle market in which Canada is expected to rank third for global raw material supply due to its significant resource availability and proximity to the growing US market.

During the visit to Canada, the UK team attended a full-day event at the British High Commissioner’s Residence, with fifty stakeholders representing the Canadian mining and materials sector. A series of panel discussions across the four key areas of interest provided in-depth insights into Canada’s position in the policy and innovation life cycle.

Watch the recording below from our Dissemination Webinar which took place following the Expert Mission.

About Global Expert Missions

The Global Expert Missions (GEM) programme is funded by Innovate UK to support the Industrial Strategy’s ambition for the UK to be the international partner of choice for science and innovation. Led by Innovate UK KTN, GEMs play an important role in building strategic partnerships, providing deep insight into the opportunities for UK innovation and shaping future bilateral collaboration programmes.


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