OTTAWA – Natural Resources Canada has plans to relocate its CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory to new facilities in Hamilton, Ont. Currently at 568 Booth Street in Ottawa, the lab serves key industries that manufacture value-added metals products, particularly lightweight materials that reduce energy use. It is involved in researching the integrity of metal structures such as gas pipelines and offshore drilling platforms, as well as lightweight materials for the automotive industry and environmentally friendly, durable materials for the construction industry.
NRCan says there is a particularly strong combination of industrial and academic organizations in the Hamilton and surrounding area that are especially relevant to CANMET-MTL’s work. As part of this move, the Government of Canada will invest $20 million to purchase new equipment and help build Canada’s innovation infrastructure.
The timeline and details of the relocation will be worked out with representatives of McMaster University and other local universities, as well as other interested parties.
CANMET’s Mining & Mineral Sciences Laboratories in Ottawa are not affected by the move. This lab is a hub of expertise in various mining, mineralogy, metallurgical processes, environmental protection, acid drainage, and certified reference materials among other specialized services.
The CANMET Mineral Technology Branch, which oversees both labs, has its homepage at www.NRCan.gc.ca/mms/canmet-mtb.