A Centre of Expertise will be established at, or near, the site. Its initial purpose is to support the multi-year testing and assessment of the site with a focus on safety and community well-being.
The centre will be home to a technical and social research program, and a technology demonstration program, involving scientists and experts from a wide variety of disciplines. An engineering test facility will develop materials and equipment to be used in the repository. The centre will also house demonstration equipment that displays the entire packaging and container placement process.
In later phases of the project, it will become a hub for knowledge-sharing across Canada and internationally.
The design and use of the centre will be developed collaboratively with those living in the area. It could, for example, be a focal point for the community to learn about the project. It could also become a destination that welcomes visitors from the region and beyond. Should the First Nation and Métis communities in the area desire, it could feature a learning area focused on how Indigenous Knowledge is being applied to the project.
Opportunities to work with the community to sustain and enhance the natural environment will also be explored. The technologies and monitoring processes involved in operating a repository may have wider applications; for example, the monitoring and protection of natural water systems in the area. Specialists leading the implementation and operation of the repository could also support environmental sustainability planning in the area.