Manitoba is throwing its hat in the ring as the next hub for critical minerals mining and processing to support the electric-vehicle supply chain.
The province’s “long overdue” strategy, launched July 25, is a signal to the industry that it is serious about leveraging its natural resources, said Jeff Wharton, minister of economic development, investment and trade.
“The shingle’s out. We’re open for business,” he told Automotive News Canada.
The strategy will help mining in the province keep pace with increasing demand while extending Manitoba’s reach into the value-added processing of minerals and end-product manufacturing.
“For too many years, we’ve been sending our product, our critical minerals, offshore; having it manufactured; and then buying it back,” Wharton said.