Key facts

  • Canada’s exports of nickel and nickel-based products in 2017 were valued at $3.8 billion
  • In 2017, Canada ranked fifth in the world for mine production of nickel.

Canadian mine production of nickel, by province, 2017

Ranking Province Thousand tonnes Percentage of total
1 Ontario 81.7 38.6%
2 Newfoundland and Labrador 54.8 25.9%
3 Quebec 52.9 24.9%
4 Manitoba 22.5 10.6%
Total 211.9 100.0%

Global mine production of nickel in 2017 was estimated at 2.1 million tonnes. Canada ranked fifth, with 10% of global mined production.

Ranking Country Thousand tonnes Percentage of total
1 Philippines 366 17.2%
2 Kazakhstan 345 16.1%
3 New Caledonia 215.1 10.0%
4 Russia 212 9.9%
5 Canada 211.9 9.9%
6 Australia 187.4 8.7%
7 China 94.8 4.4%
8 Brazil 87.6 4.1%
Other countries 425.4 19.8%
Total 2,145.20 100.0%

 

Source: Natural Resources Canada
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