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Canada Extends Core Funding to IGF Secretariat

November 20, 2023

The Government of Canada has committed CAD 5.4 million over 4 years to support the Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF).

This funding from Natural Resources Canada will support the IGF’s core operations to improve mining governance in its more than 80 member countries, which include most of the world’s major mining jurisdictions. This work includes providing technical assistance, capacity building, and supporting governments to implement the IGF’s cornerstone Mining Policy Framework.

“The Government of Canada has supported the IGF since its inception, and this renewed commitment will enable the IGF to continue to support its membership and leverage global partnerships to advance sustainable mining practices,” said Greg Radford, Director, IGF.

In announcing the new funding, Canada emphasized how it fits with its role as a leader in responsible and sustainable production of critical minerals for clean energy technologies. The investment in the IGF is available under the Global Partnerships Initiative of Canada’s Critical Minerals Strategy, which aims to support Canada’s growing number of bilateral commitments and engagements in the critical minerals space.



The IGF supports more than 80 member countries in advancing their sustainable development goals through effective laws, policies, and regulations for the mining sector. We help governments take action to develop inclusive and gender-equitable practices, optimize financial benefits, support livelihoods, and safeguard the environment. The International Institute for Sustainable Development has hosted the IGF Secretariat since October 2015. Core funding is provided by the governments of Canada and the Netherlands.