Critical Minerals Innovation Fund


To be eligible for funding, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • the Applicant is a private-sector business, or a private-sector business collaborating with a public-sector academic or research institution, or a non-profit organization or association
  • for projects involving collaboration between two or more entities, one entity must be the lead Applicant and the funding recipient
  • the project will take place in Ontario
  • the project involves research, development, and/or commercialization of innovative technologies, techniques, processes or solutions for critical minerals that relates to one or more of the following key priority areas:
    • battery supply chain
    • innovative techniques for deep exploration and mining
    • recovery of minerals
    • other innovative projects that support the critical minerals sector
  • the project is not receiving funding from any Government of Ontario program
How to Apply: 

The Critical Minerals Innovation Fund (CMIF) provides funding to projects that help strengthen Ontario’s critical minerals sector.

The CMIF supports projects that involve research, development and commercialization of innovative technologies, techniques, processes and solutions for critical minerals and relate to Ontario’s key priority areas. Objectives of the CMIF include:

  • increasing critical minerals exploration, mining, development, production and processing
  • stimulating investment in Ontario’s critical minerals supply chain
  • enhancing collaboration between industry, academia, start-ups, and research and development firms to encourage innovation in the critical minerals sector

Eligible recipients can receive up to $500,000 per project to cover 50% of eligible costs.

External Deadline: 
Wednesday, July 17, 2024
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