The Industry

Canada’s primary aluminium industry is the fourth largest in the world with an annual production of 3.2 million tons of primary aluminium with the lowest carbon footprint. Alcoa, Aluminerie Alouette and Rio Tinto operate 10 plants in Canada (9 plants in Quebec and 1 in British Columbia). The industry supports more than 8,000 jobs in Canada generating over 5.5 billion US$ in annual deliveries.

Full portrait of the Canadian aluminium industry

International trade

Aluminium is at the heart of international trade and reflects today the many challenges faced by the major regions of the planet. Canada, as the third largest producer of aluminium, after China, Russia and the Middle-East and is beset by trade disputes between the big blocks that are China, the United States and Europe, despite a trade agreement with our neighbors to the South, which is in fact questioned by them.

Canada also has difficulties seizing the opportunities offered by the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Union in the face of market volatility, as is the case in the aluminium sector, not to mention the future entry into force of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

As a result, the AAC is following with interest all developments in international trade to ensure that the interests of the Canadian aluminium industry are represented where appropriate.

Smelters in Canada

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Columbia
  • 1 Rio Tinto Alma
  • 2 Rio Tinto Arvida and AP60 Technological Centre
  • 3 Alcoa Baie-Comeau
  • 4 Alcoa – A.B.I. Bécancour
  • 5 Alcoa Deschambault
  • 6 Rio Tinto Grande-Baie
  • 7 Rio Tinto Kitimat
  • 8 Rio Tinto Laterrière
  • 9 Aluminerie Alouette Sept-Îles
  • 10 Rio Tinto Vaudreuil alumina refinery - Saguenay

Canadian aluminium… over 100 years of history

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