We are committed to safely managing Canada's used nuclear fuel over the long term. Our plan for doing this, known as Adaptive Phased Management, was developed in close collaboration with the public and specialists over a three-year period. It reflects goals and values expressed by Canadians.

Our commitment will unfold through various stages over many years. We have identified eight strategic objectives to guide us over the next five years.

Strategic Objectives (2018 to 2022)

The NWMO will:

  • Build sustainable, long-term relationships with interested Canadians and Indigenous peoples of Canada, and involve them in setting future directions for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel. The NWMO will continue to adapt plans for the management of used nuclear fuel in response to evolving societal expectations and values, insight from Indigenous Knowledge, and changes in public policies;
  • Implement collaboratively with communities the process to select a site suitable for locating the deep geological repository and Centre of Expertise in a safe location in an area with an informed, willing host;
  • Conduct testing of the engineered-barrier system (EBS) in order to demonstrate that it meets safety requirements, and can be produced effectively and efficiently;
  • Advance planning and capabilities for the construction and operation of the deep geological repository and the associated Centre of Expertise;
  • Continuously improve technical knowledge in collaboration with universities and international partners, and adapt plans consistent with international best practices;
  • Establish safe, secure and socially acceptable plans for transporting used nuclear fuel;
  • Ensure funds are available to pay for the safe, long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel; and
  • Maintain an accountable governance structure that provides confidence to the Canadian public in the conduct of the NWMO’s work.