How we're governed
The NWMO’s governance comprises the member organizations, the Board of Directors, and the Advisory Council. The NWMO is subject to the requirements of the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act (NFWA) and oversight by the Minister of Natural Resources Canada.
Our implementation of a deep geological repository as part of Canada's plan will be regulated under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and its associated regulations to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment, and to respect Canada’s international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
A licensing decision by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) on a deep geological repository can only be made after the successful completion of the impact assessment conducted under the Canadian Impact Assessment Act (2019).
All aspects of the NWMO’s work will meet or exceed all applicable regulatory standards and requirements for protecting the health, safety and security of people and the environment.
Board of Directors
The member organizations appoint the Board of Directors.
The NWMO management system also satisfies the CSA N286-12 Management System Requirements for Nuclear Facilities, which includes nuclear waste facilities and builds upon international standards. The NWMO’s integrated management system ensures the organization has a strong foundation on which to implement our mission and values.
The focus on protecting people and the environment for generations to come fully aligns with the CSA N286-12 management principle that safety is the paramount consideration guiding our decisions and actions.
Independent technical reviews
The NFWA requires the NWMO to issue annual reports and triennial reports. These reports are submitted to the Minister of Natural Resources Canada and to the public at the same time. The Minister must table the reports in Parliament and issue a statement on each report.