Conservation planning Natural resource development

WCS Canada comments - Canada's Critical Minerals List and methodology

WCS Canada


Key points

Why it's important:

The Critical Minerals List has a critical role in prioritizing and advancing project development, which creates a high potential for a significantly larger material footprint resulting from the growth-inducing social and environmental impacts associated with the escalation of such activities.

What we want to see:

  1. commit to a strategic assessment of Critical Minerals with the release of the updated List;
  2. bolster the criteria to incorporate environmental and social sustainability, with attention to federal jurisdiction and climate commitments;
  3. publish an updated List with information on its purpose and relevant mineral characteristics; and
  4. include experts and civil society organizations in targeted consultations regarding criteria and their application.

Recommended citation

WCS Canada (2024). WCS Canada comments - Canada's Critical Minerals List and methodology. WCS Canada. https://library.wcs.org/en-us/Scientific-Research/Research-Publications/Publications-Library/ctl/view/mid/40093/pubid/DMX4999500000.aspx

WCS Canada comments on Canada's Critical Minerals Strategy, to Natural Resources Canada

WCS Canada comments on Canada's Critical Minerals Strategy, to Natural Resources Canada

Perpetuating current approaches and proceeding with an “extraction first” mentality is going to have massive climate consequences.
Justina Ray