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Quebec Copper Industry

The Quebec copper industry - At a glance

3,800

jobs in Quebec, including 1,078 direct jobs

$355M

payroll

$345M

value in the procurement of goods and services annually

82%

of goods and services expenditures and investments in Quebec

$69M

in direct taxes paid to the Government of Quebec annually

The Quebec copper industry: vital to modern life

Quebec’s copper industry will play a primary role over the coming years as the transition to green energies ramps up the demand for copper. Demand is predicted to increase by 1.0 T/year to 60.1 T in 2050—50% greater than in 2019.

In addition to copper cathodes, Glencore’s Quebec copper division produces strategic metals and chemicals like selenium, tellurium dioxide, nickel sulfate, and a platinum and palladium concentrate as well as precious metals like gold and silver.