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. 

We welcomed comments on the plan through July 3, 2020. The implementation plan will be revised to reflect public comments received, alongside latest developments. The updated plan will be published in March 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 current five-year planning period is the first to look beyond our expected site selection date of 2023. This important milestone will bring to an end the site selection process we initiated in 2010. It will also mark the beginning of a new series of activities, such as implementing partnership agreements with host communities; furthering the safety case for the identified site; constructing 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.

A graphic of NWMO planning priorities - engineering, site assessment, safety, mobilization, licensing, partnership and transportation.