Todd Clyde is the CEO of BlueBranch, a labour mobility organization that has partnered with the Government of Ontario.
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The stars are finally aligning for the Ring of Fire to be developed. But one thing is still missing: labour.
Announced at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention in June 2022, the U.S., Canada, the European Commission, and several other allies have established the Minerals Security Partnership to secure the supply of critical minerals needed to fuel the transition to net zero. Many of those minerals are found in the Ring of Fire.
The impetus for this international coordination may well have been Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the wide-reaching economic effects of sanctions against Russia, including shortages in the supply of natural gas to Europe. Governments around the world are waking up to the need to secure critical minerals from reliable, allied nations like Canada or risk Russia hoarding them next.
With pressure mounting on Canada to begin mining critical minerals in the Ring of Fire, it was a welcome move by Premier Doug Ford to not only make mining a standalone ministry, but to appoint a veteran of the industry to the helm. Mines Minister George Pirie successfully ran a Canadian mining company for many years with over a dozen operating mines across several countries.