2.3 Uranium


In 2019, Canada produced 13% (around 7 kt) of the world’s uranium output, putting it in second place on the world stage. Despite this position, production has dropped to half of what it was before low prices led to the suspension of uranium mining in several sites starting in 2016 and 2017. In absolute primary energy content, uranium production corresponded to 8,859 PJ of primary energy in 2018 (NRCAN 2021), which places it between Canada’s natural gas and oil production (Table 2.2).