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Quebec Copper Industry

The Quebec copper industry - At a glance


jobs in Quebec, including 1,078 direct jobs




value in the procurement of goods and services annually


of goods and services expenditures and investments in Quebec


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.