The Assurance Of Mineral Supplies For Canadian Industry

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 70, No. 785, 1977

L. L. Sirois, Activity Leader, Processing, A. Winer, Project Leader, Processing, and W. A. Gow, Director, Minerals Research Program, CANMET, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, Ottawa, Canada

Because segments of the Canadian mineral-based economy are dependent totally or in part on foreign sources of certain minerals, their well-being may well be affected by inability to obtain these minerals. Where such dependency exists, it is therefore important that contingency plans be available to counteract possible price increases or lack of supplies by means of technology, developed well in advance of any pending crisis. Canada is vulnerable to possible future real or artificial shortages of certain foreign-produced mineral commodities, and science and technology can provide information for the development of policies for counteracting efforts by foreign exporters to control prices or limit supplies.
Keywords: Mineral resources, Industrial minerals, Imports, Alumina, Phosphate, Manganese, Chromium, Vanadium, Fluorspar, Tin, Kaolin, Bentonite.