Photostory #220: More Power to Produce: Canada's Aluminum Industry
National Film Board of Canada
July 28, 1959
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
World consumption of aluminum has doubled every decade since the opening of the 20th century. Throughout this period Canada has consistently produced about 25% of the world's aluminum supply and ranks number one in the international aluminum trade. Chief source of bauxite for Canada's eastern smelters is British Guiana, ore for her west coast plants comes largely from Jamaica. Other essential ingredients in the manufacture of aluminum are aluminum coke (obtained from the U.S.A. as well as Canada), cryolite from Greenland and fluorspar from Newfoundland. Key to Canada's leading position in the production of aluminum are her boundless sources of hydro-electric power: the electricity required to make one ton of aluminum would light the average home for ten years.