Port Colborne


Port Colborne

The Port Colborne Nickel Refinery was commissioned almost 100 years ago on the shores of beautiful Lake Erie on the Niagara Peninsula.

The exterior of the Port Colborne Refinery Operation Raw materials from Vale’s Sudbury Operations are shipped to Port Colborne for processing. About 170 people work at the refinery, a vast 360-acre complex that:

  • produces electrocobalt
  • makes and distributes finished nickel products, and
  • processes precious metals.

Finished products are shipped from Port Colborne to destinations around the world.



If you have any questions or concerns about Vale’s Port Colborne Operations, please call us on our Community Concerns Line at: 289-478-VALE (8253) for 24 hour service, seven days of the week. Or, email us at: ontario.operations@vale.com.


Find out more about the Port Colborne community and how Vale contributes to it​​​.



Our Environment

At Vale, we are committed to environmental sustainability. Read more about our environmental initiatives here.


Our Health & Safety

With every business decision we make, we first consider our value of “Life Matters Most.” It’s about using our safety protocols, tools and procedures so that we manage risk in our workplace to a level that ensures we all go HomeSafe at the end of every shift.

Read more about our ongoing health and safety initiatives here.