In June 2007, the Government of Canada selected Adaptive Phased Management (APM), as Canada’s plan for the long-term management of used nuclear fuel. The NWMO is now responsible for implementing this plan.

The NWMO publishes an annual update on the plan, titled Implementing Adaptive Phased Management. The most recent implementation plan is now available to the public. 

Every year, we ask for input on our implementation plan to inform and guide our work. In 2021, we moved our feedback form online. We welcomed comments and survey submissions until June 11, 2021.

APM is designed to be implemented in phases over many decades. We continually review, strengthen, and adjust the plan in the face of new information, direction and guidance from communities, advances in science and technology, input from the public, insight from Indigenous Knowledge, changes in societal values, and evolving public policy.

The 2021-25 planning period includes not only confirming a safe site with informed and willing hosts for a deep geological repository, but also embarking on the next phase of Canada’s plan. The years following site selection will see a new series of activities, such as implementing partnership agreements with host communities; finalizing the safety case for the identified site; preparing to construct a Centre of Expertise; preparing for and participating in regulatory processes; and getting ready to move our operations to the site that is selected.

Planning Priorities 

We have identified a series of priorities to guide us over the next five years.