Canada has released the Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan (CMMP), which aims to address six key issues identified during an extensive stakeholder engagement carried out for a period of two years.

The CMMP is aimed at identifying opportunities for the Canadian mining industry to position the country as a leading nation in mineral development.

It covers issues including competitiveness, the participation of indigenous peoples, community benefits, respect for the environment, scientific and technological innovation and global leadership challenges that are key to the success of the mining industry.

Canada Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi said: “As global demand for sustainably developed resources grows, Canada must continue to capitalise on its natural and human advantage to ensure our competitiveness in global markets.”

Following discussions with indigenous peoples, non-governmental organisations, private companies, and industry associations, several new ideas were generated and it was confirmed that Canadians value the role played by mining in the economy.

“Canada must continue to capitalise on its natural and human advantage to ensure our competitiveness in global markets.”

Canada Minister of Energy Greg Rickford said he viewed the CMMP as a missed opportunity for Canada to address economic and competitiveness challenges.

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“Given the challenges that our resource sectors, particularly uranium in Saskatchewan and steel and other metals in Ontario, are facing around trade, the federal government still has no plan to ensure that companies can access international markets in a transparent, stable, and effective fashion.”