Pollution Probe, in partnership with the Mobility Futures Lab, RFS Energy and Southland Transportation Ltd., presented the results of a pilot program demonstrating the use of an electric school bus (ESB) in Calgary, Alberta. From September 2022 to June 2023, a single Blue Bird ESB was deployed in collaboration with... Read more →

Hydro-Québec joins Linux Foundation Energy

Hydro-Québec, the largest power utility in Canada, and a major player in the global hydropower industry, has joined the Linux Foundation Energy (LF Energy)—the open-source foundation focused on harnessing the power of collaborative software and hardware technologies to accelerate the energy transition—as a General Member. LF Energy members provide funding... Read more →

Motiv, a manufacturer of class 4-6 electric trucks and buses, has fully completed the delivery of 55 Motiv electric trucks to Purolator, a leading integrated freight, package, and logistics solutions provider. Purolator ordered the additional vehicles last year following a successful pilot of five Motiv electric trucks in 2021. The... Read more →

Honda plans to establish comprehensive EV value chain in Ontario, Canada; C$15B investment; partnering with POSCO and Asahi Kasei on cathodes and separators

Honda Motor plans to build a comprehensive EV value chain in Canada with an approximate investment of CAD$15 billion (US$11 billion), including investment by joint venture partners, to strengthen its EV supply system and capability to prepare for a future increase in EV demand in North America. Honda has begun... Read more →

RIZON, Daimler Truck’s newest brand of all-electric vehicles, announced the Canadian launch of its class 4-5 vehicles. The RIZON brand will be presented in Canada for the first time at Truck World in Toronto from April 18 - 20 April and will be available to Canadian customers for the first... Read more →

Discovery Lithium to acquire private lithium explorer Midex Resources

Discovery Lithium, a Canadian exploration company, signed a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire a 100% interest in Midex Resources, another Canadian lithium exploration company. Discovery Lithium would acquire a 43,000-hectare land position in known lithium-bearing pegmatite fields with resources within northwestern Ontario, including the Crescent Lake Project. The Crescent... Read more →

DNV carrying out hydrogen blending feasibility study to decarbonize gas system in British Columbia

DNV, the independent energy expert and assurance provider, is executing hydrogen blending feasibility studies for Enbridge and FortisBC Energy. The two individual studies will determine the percentage of hydrogen that can be safely transported through existing natural gas pipeline infrastructure, including Enbridge’s transmission system and FortisBC’s distribution system, both located... Read more →

Mitsubishi to form JV with Frontier Lithium in Canada; first investment in lithium mine

Mitsubishi Corporation entered into a binding agreement with Frontier Lithium, a Canadian lithium mining company, to form a new joint venture company dedicated to developing the PAK Lithium Project located in Ontario, Canada. MC will acquire a 7.5% equity interest in the JV in exchange for cash considerations of C$25... Read more →

Canada Rare Earth establishes rare earth supply chain operations in DRC

Canada Rare Earth Corp. has established rare earth supply operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) marking a significant milestone in its expansion strategy. The proprietary operations in the DRC will be conducted through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Simba Essential Minerals S.A.S., incorporated in December 2023. By establishing our proprietary... Read more →

Canada awards Rio Tinto IOC C$18.1M to decarbonize iron ore processing in Labrador West

The Government of Canada awarded C$18.1 million (US$13.4 million) from its Low Carbon Economy Fund to Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) to support the decarbonization of iron ore processing at its operations in Labrador West. The funding will enable IOC to reduce the amount of heavy fuel... Read more →

On the back of offtake agreements with Panasonic Energy and General Motors Holdings (earlier post), Nouveau Monde Graphite (NMG) has closed Mitsui & Co. and Pallinghurst Bond Limited for an aggregate combined investment of US$87.5 million to advance NMG’s development toward commercial operations. Map of NMG’s integrated extraction and advanced... Read more →

Electra receives $5M from Government of Canada towards construction of N. Am. cobalt sulfate refinery

Electra Battery Materials Corporation received a $5-million investment from the Government of Canada towards the construction of North America’s first cobalt sulfate refinery. Located in Temiskaming Shores, Ontario, the facility will produce approximately five percent of the global supply of battery grade cobalt needed for electric vehicles. The investment will... Read more →

E3 Lithium, an Alberta-based lithium developer, announced the discovery of higher lithium concentrations in the Nisku Aquifer (the Nisku) through a new six-well sampling program conducted late in 2023. E3 Lithium sampled brine in the Nisku from six well locations in its Clearwater Project Area that outlined lithium concentrations as... Read more →

Samsung SDI to invest US$18.5M for 8.7% stake in Canada Nickel; right to purchase 10% of Crawford project for US$100.5M

Canada Nickel Company entered into a subscription Agreement with Samsung SDI to make a US$18.5-million investment in Canada Nickel at a price of C$1.57 per Common Share. Upon closing of the private placement, Samsung SDI will own approximately 15.6 million shares of the common shares of Canada Nickel, representing approximately... Read more →

Nikkei: Honda Motor considering building $14B EV plant in Canada

The Nikkei reported that Honda is weighing a $14-billion plan to build an electric vehicle plant in Canada, possibly including the in-house production of batteries. At the full $14 billion, it would represent one of Honda’s largest investments in EV production. Honda reportedly is looking at several potential sites, including... Read more →

Metro Vancouver diesel buses transitioning to renewable diesel

In Canada, Vancounver’s TransLink is introducing renewable diesel into its bus fleet as a cleaner fuel option, in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As a low-carbon fuel, renewable diesel offers up to an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to fossil fuel diesel. The Surrey Transit... Read more →

Canada finalized its new Electric Vehicle Availability Standard in support of achieving its national target of 100% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035. Interim targets are at least 20% of all sales by 2026, and at least 60% by 2030. The regulations define ZEVs as battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) fueled only with... Read more →

BC Hydro announces vehicle-to-grid pilot project for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles

BC Hydro announced Canada’s first vehicle-to-grid pilot project for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The bidirectional charging trial project for medium-sized vehicles such as buses, and heavy-duty vehicles like transport trucks, is the first of its kind in the province, and the country. BC Hydro is working with testing and research... Read more →

US and Canada create Rail Decarbonization Task Force

The United States and Canada have created a Rail Decarbonization Task Force to develop a common vision to reduce emissions from the rail sector. The partners say they will: establish a joint research agenda to test the safe integration of emerging technologies, including hydrogen-powered and battery-electric locomotives; coordinate strategies to... Read more →

TESCanada H2 Inc., a Canadian developer of projects aimed at accelerating the energy transition, is proposing Projet Mauricie, a green hydrogen production site that upon commissioning in 2028 will produce 70,000 tonnes of green hydrogen exclusively dedicated to Québec end users. Totalling $4 billion in investments for the region, the... Read more →

South Korea-based POSCO Holdings and Invest Alberta signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to further the company’s ventures in Alberta. As part of the agreement, POSCO Holdings is considering investing in the exploration, development, and commercialization of oil-field brine lithium in Alberta. POSCO Holdings will commence exploring prospects in the... Read more →

IONIQ 5 leads in pure EV sales for Hyundai Canada in October

Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. reported total October sales of 9,581 units, a year-over-year increase of 15.0%. The Kona (1,896 units), Venue (1,669 units), and Tucson (1,650 units) were October’s three best-selling Hyundai models, respectively. October was a strong month for the IONIQ 5 (564 units, 5.9% of total), a YoY... Read more →

Loblaw Companies Limited, the largest food and pharmacy retailer in Canada with well-known consumer brands and banners including President’s Choice, No Name, No Frills and Maxi, has deployed two Volvo VNR Electric trucks to service its grocery stores in the Greater Montréal Area. The Class 8 Volvo VNR Electric was... Read more →

The greenhouse gas intensity of western Canadian condensate—which averaged 35 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent per barrel (kgCO2e/bbl) in 2021—is expected to decline in the coming years as domestic supply from unconventional production in western Canada, as well as recycling, increases, according to a new analysis by S&P Global Commodity... Read more →

Umicore confirms expansion of EV battery materials production footprint with CAM and pCAM plant in Ontario

Umicore is proceeding with the construction of a 35 GWh equivalent battery materials production plant in Loyalist, ON, to serve the North American market for electric vehicle (EV) batteries. Given the significance of the plant for the North American EV supply chain and a strengthened EV battery ecosystem, Umicore will... Read more →

Ontario and Nevada to increase collaboration on EVs, mining, critical minerals

Ontario and Nevada are strengthening their economic relationship through a new partnership that will increase trade, attract investments and strengthen supply chains in both jurisdictions. The new Economic Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will support joint promotion of electric vehicles, advanced manufacturing, critical minerals and other priority sectors. Ontario Premier... Read more →

Hitachi Energy successfully deployed a centralized, multi-vehicle electric bus charging solution for Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC), the public transit agency in the greater Québec City area. The technology was selected to be tested as part of a pilot project in 2022 following a call for tender won... Read more →

Northvolt will establish a fully integrated lithium-ion battery gigafactory, just outside of Montreal, in the Canadian province of Québec. The factory, named Northvolt Six, will host 60 GWh of annual cell manufacturing capacity, with adjacent facilities for cathode active material production and battery recycling, enabling fully circular production at site.... Read more →

Nikola Corporation, a manufacturer of hydrogen-fuel-cell and battery-electric heavy-duty trucks, announced an expansion of its dealer network into Canada for its Class 8 truck sales and service coverage with the addition of ITD Industries Inc., a commercial trailer manufacturer and technology business headquartered in Toronto, ON. ITD has more than... Read more →

Volvo Trucks North America is working with Linde Canada Inc., a leading industrial gas and engineering company, in an exclusive, one-time pilot, importing five Volvo FH LNG (liquified natural gas) powered trucks to Canada. Volvo Trucks first launched the LNG product offering in 2017 with serial production beginning in 2018... Read more →

SK On, Korea-based EcoProBM and Ford will invest C$1.2 billion (US$886 million) to build a cathode manufacturing facility that will provide materials that ultimately supply batteries for Ford’s future electric vehicles. Once production begins in the first half of 2026, the site will have the capacity to produce up to... Read more →

Absolute greenhouse gas emissions from Canadian oil sands production were flat in 2022 even as total production grew, according to an initial analysis by S&P Global Commodity Insights. The finding marks the first time since 2009—the earliest year that S&P Global Commodity Insights estimates such data—that absolute emissions did not... Read more →

Topsoe selected by World Energy GH2 to supply ammonia loop for Canada’s largest renewable hydrogen plant

Topsoe has signed an agreement with World Energy GH2, a net-zero solutions provider, to provide Topsoe’s dynamic ammonia loop technology for Canada’s largest—and one of the world’s first-to-market, renewable hydrogen projects—Project Nujio’qonik. (Nujio’qonik is The Mi’kmaw name for Bay St. George) Located in the Bay St. George region of Newfoundland... Read more →

Alberta to award $45M in funding to innovative hydrogen projects

The government of the Canadian province of Alberta will launch two hydrogen funding competitions using the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) fund. The new funding will support hydrogen technologies to be used in production, transmission and distribution, storage, and in industries such as heavy-duty transportation, industrial heat and chemicals.... Read more →

GM announced today that CAMI Assembly in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada, will begin building battery modules in the second quarter of 2024, supporting the company’s increasing EV production volume. The new 400,000 square-foot facility will assemble modules for BrightDrop Zevo production at CAMI as well as additional Ultium EVs built at... Read more →

Governments of Canada and British Columbia jointly investing $395.5M in electrification of public transit in BC

The governments of Canada and British Columbia will jointly invest more than $395.5 million to support public transit in British Columbia. Through this investment, BC Transit will purchase up to 115 Battery Electric Buses (BEBs) and install 134 charging points to enable the deployment of the new buses in communities... Read more →

Government of Canada releases framework for ending fossil fuel subsidies

Steven Guilbeault, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, released the Inefficient Fossil Fuel Subsidies Government of Canada Self‑Review Assessment Framework and the Inefficient Fossil Fuel Subsidies Government of Canada Guidelines, which were jointly developed by Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Department of Finance Canada. The Government of... Read more →

Toyota Canada and Edmonton International Airport (YEG) partner to bring 100 Mirai fuel cell electric vehicles to Alberta

Edmonton International Airport (YEG) and Toyota Canada are partnering to bring 100 Mirai fuel cell vehicles to Alberta. This initiative will reduce carbon emissions and contribute to YEG’s goal of being net-zero by 2040. This will be the first fleet of hydrogen-powered zero-emission vehicles in Alberta. These vehicles will be... Read more →

J.D. Power study finds consumer EV consideration in Canada significantly lags US

Canada’s electric vehicle (EV) holdouts are digging in their heels, with That’s according to Study,SM released today, which finds that Overall consumer EV consideration in Canada has declined 13 percentage points to 34% from 47% in 2022, and significantly lags EV consideration rates in the US where 61% of consumers... Read more →

Volvo Group’s Nova Bus is ending bus production in the US market; the company has decided to close its Plattsburgh manufacturing and delivery facility by 2025. Production in North America will be in its Canadian facilities located in Saint-Eustache and Saint-François-du-Lac (Québec) and Nova Bus will continue its successful Canadian... Read more →

FedEx Express Canada welcomed its first 50 BrightDrop Zevo 600 electric delivery vehicles at an event in Toronto. The introduction of BrightDrop’s electric vans into the FedEx fleet in Canada is an important step in the company’s goal to transform its entire parcel pickup and delivery (PUD) fleet to all-electric,... Read more →

Rio Tinto will invest $1.1 billion (CAN$1.4 billion) to expand its AP60 (earlier post) aluminum smelter equipped with low-carbon technology at Complexe Jonquière in Canada. The total investment includes up to $113 million (CAN$150 million) of financial support from the Québec government. This expansion, which will coincide with the gradual... Read more →

Government of Ontario awards Li-Metal C$1.4M to advance lithium metal production

Li-Metal Corp., a developer of lithium metal and lithium metal anode technologies for next-generation batteries (earlier post), has been awarded more than C$1.4 million in grant funding from various programs sponsored by the Government of Ontario to develop and commercialize its lithium metal production technology. The funding consists of a... Read more →

Port of Argentia Inc. (Nefoundland, Canada) reached a binding agreement on commercial terms with Pattern Renewable Holdings Canada 2 ULC (Pattern Energy) for a planned renewable energy to green fuels project at Argentia. Argentia Capital Inc. (ACI), the Port’s 50/50 partnership with Torrent Capital Ltd., is a signatory to the... Read more →

Government of Canada, Québec invest in GM-POSCO CAM plant in Québec

The Government of Canada announced support for the latest cathode active materials (CAM) facility to be operational in Canada, to be built by a joint venture between General Motors (GM) and POSCO Future M in Bécancour, Québec (earlier post). CAM are key battery materials that consist of components such as... Read more →

Higher crude prices and continued optimization improvements have driven the first upward revision to the S&P Global Commodity Insights 10-year oil sands production outlook in more than half a decade. The new forecast, produced by the S&P Global Commodity Insights Oil Sands Dialogue, expects Canadian oil sands production to reach... Read more →

LG Energy Solution and Green Technology Metals Limited (GT1), an Australia-based, North America-focused multi-asset lithium business, signed an equity subscription agreement and an offtake term sheet in relation to future production from GT1’s flagship Seymour Project in North America. (Earlier post.) GT1’s main 100%-owned Ontario Lithium Projects comprise high-grade, hard... Read more →

Li-Metal Corp., a developer of lithium metal and lithium metal anode technologies, has successfully produced its first lithium metal at its lithium metal piloting facility in Markham, Ontario. Domestic lithium metal production capacity is essential for the development of a sustainable supply chain for next-generation batteries. Li-Metal’s successful demonstration of... Read more →

Canadian partners to repurpose lab staff parking lot for SMR project

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) and Global First Power (GFP) announced that GFP has selected a location at the Chalk River Laboratories to site its proposed Micro-Modular Reactor (MMR) project. GFP is proposing to construct and operate a 15 megawatt thermal (MWth) (approximately 5 MW... Read more →

Raven SR and Cap Clean Energy to collaborate on Canadian SAF and renewable diesel projects

Raven SR, a renewable fuels company (earlier post), and Cap Clean Energy, a clean energy development company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to co-develop biofuels facilities in Canada to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel (RD) for the heavy duty transport sector. The... Read more →