Traceability of Canadian aluminum Achieved
The Aluminium Association of Canada announced the completion of the initial phase of its strategic traceability project initiated two years ago. Aluminium Association of Canada President and CEO Jean Simard said “From the outset, we would like to salute the decisive role of the Honourable Mclanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, on behalf of the Government of Canada, through the funding provided by Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions announced on August 19, 2020. This recognition by the government of the strategic importance for our industry of ensuring the traceability of our Canadian production, has enabled us to achieve a world first, tailor-made for our industry.”
The industry is proud to announce today the completion of the pan-Canadian deployment of a cloud-based authentication platform adapted to our industry and developed in collaboration with the Quebec-based Optel Group. Initiated in 2020, following the conclusive results of two pilot projects carried out in 2019-2020 and supported by the Government of Quebec, this traceability project will initially allow the Canadian aluminium industry to certify the authenticity of the Canadian origin of the primary metal.
Back in 2018 the US - Canada tariff dispute raised the issue of the provenance of the metal entering the United States from Canada. It was from this moment on that the AAC worked with the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, then responsible for relations with the United States, to put in place innovative solutions to ensure the authentication and traceability of the aluminum produced in Canada.