Tesla is looking to Canada for resources closer to their Fremont and Texas Gigafactories.
The company has posted a job for a Senior Policy Associate in critical minerals and supply chain based in Toronto.
The successful candidate will join the North American Policy Team and be the third Canadian-based position to join the team.
The job, first spotted by Electric Autonomy, will focus on various matters related to light and heavy-duty vehicles regulation. The position will also have a particular focus on global battery minerals and responsible sourcing.
“In this position, the successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to inform public policy development related to battery supply chains and sustainable energy, in addition to electric and autonomous vehicles, while working at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels of government. The role includes a combination policy, regulatory and advocacy work,” the job posting reads.
Tesla is one of several automakers interested in working with Canadian companies to source battery and critical materials.
Canada is home to a fair amount of nickel and has an environmental and sustainable governance strategy above other nations. Tesla has been lobbying in Canada hard on various EV issues. However, the focus of lobbying efforts has really been around charging infrastructure in the last year.
With the inclusion of this new position, it is safe to say that Tesla will add critical minerals to the lobbying effort.
Earlier this year, Ontario released a critical mineral strategy that focused on materials in the EV sector.
At the same time, the federal government included a line item for $3.8 billion in the budget for a critical minerals strategy.