Aluminium represents a key industry sector for Québec and is truly a metal of the future.

With the launch of the 2015-2025 Québec Aluminium Development Strategy, Québec is giving itself the means to promote the growth of all the links in the aluminium value chain, be they:

  • aluminium processors;
  • equipment manufacturers and specialized suppliers;
  • primary aluminium producers;
  • innovators;
  • industry organizations.

Vision 2025: That Québec be globally recognized for:

  • the expertise and innovative character of its value-chain, including processors, equipment manufacturers and specialized suppliers;
  • its leadership role in low carbon footprint primary aluminium production.

Highlights

With the Québec Aluminium Development Strategy, Québec's aluminium industry is giving itself a clear, common vision of growth that will allow it to:

  • Reach ambitious objectives, including that of doubling aluminium processing in Québec over the next ten years.
  • Facilitate access to metal for Québec aluminium processors.
  • Support private investment projects in order to enhance the aluminium processing value chain.
  • Use government procurement as a lever for the use of aluminium, and as a technology showcase.
  • Broaden the sector's international reach and promote Québec's low carbon footprint aluminium.
  • Encourage aluminium smelter growth projects in a partnership with the industry perspective.
  • Promote dialogue amongst industry stakeholders in Québec through AluQuébec.

The government will be injecting $32.5 million into implementing the Strategy over the first three years (2015-2018).

Ambitious objectives

  • To double aluminium processing in Québec.
  • To facilitate significant penetration in export markets for equipment manufacturers and specialized suppliers and their full integration into global production chains.
  • To consolidate Québec's position among the world's largest primary aluminium producers.

Development opportunities to be seized

The Québec Aluminium Development Strategy proposes concrete actions in response to targeted business opportunities and concerns brought up by industry stakeholders.

The Québec Government will act mainly on three fronts, which also constitute the Strategy’s three main focus areas.

Tract 1: Set up a favourable environment for aluminium processing in Québec

  • Facilitate access to metal
    • Better access to metal produced in Québec.
    • New procurement and sales tools for SME processers.
  • Enhance the value chain
    • Support investment projects, notably in the Aluminium Valley®.
    • Foreign investment prospecting plan.
  • Promote aluminium use
    • Total cost of ownership to be taken into account in government procurement.
    • Aluminium in public infrastructure and buildings.

Tract 2: Bolster the entire industry in Québec

  • Facilitate exporting
    • Export Québec support for SMEs.
    • Trade missions under a common banner.
  • Increase the industry's capacity for innovation
    • New collaborative research program.
    • Expertise sharing and support for industrial research projects.
  • Ensuring a pool of qualified workers
    • Promotion of aluminium trades and human resource management
    • A roundtable to match skills training with industry needs.
  • Broadening the sector's reach
    • A focus on Québec's low carbon footprint aluminium.
    • A plan to promote the industry.

Tract 3: Ensure business competitiveness in the industry

  • Support the projects of primary aluminium producers
    • Major investments in a partnership perspective.
    • Aluminium production waste recovery.
  • Encourage the growth of SMEs
    • Strategic planning exercises and a new acceleration program.
    • New AluQuébec working group for equipment manufacturers and specialized suppliers.

A vast consultative approach

This strategy is the result of a consultative approach that began in the summer of 2014. Industry stakeholders were supported in their reflection process by a consultation document containing the industry's main development issues. The two highlights of this process were the individual consultations held in the fall of 2014 and the Rendez-vous de l'aluminium, an open discussion forum with the industry on February 2, 2015 in Saguenay.