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 welcome comments on the plan through July 12, 2019. Next year's implementation plan will be revised to reflect public comments received, alongside latest developments. 

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 next five years will see us continue to narrow our focus as we work toward identifying one preferred site for the project, while ensuring the safety of people and the environment over the long term. 

Planning Priorities 

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

Planning Priorities 2018