A collaborative approach

Collaboration with both specialists and the public, including First Nations and Métis peoples, was key to the design of Canada's plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel. Our work is guided by the values and objectives identified during the site selection process. Collaboration is at the heart of the plan's implementation.


Since our founding, the NWMO has been working in partnership with experts and the public to design and implement Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel.

We are committed to collaborating with all interested and potentially affected individuals and communities. This includes communities that expressed interest in participating in the siting process, First Nation and Métis communities in the area, surrounding municipalities and other interested groups. We also place a strong importance on youth engagement.

Beyond collaborating with individuals and communities, we work closely with several important advisory bodies, including our Advisory Council and Council of Knowledge Holders. Our work also benefits from ongoing collaboration with independent academic researchers across the globe and sister organizations in many countries.

Looking ahead, collaboration will play an important role in all aspects of our work as we continue through the site selection process and eventually enter into the construction and operational phases of the project.
Academic partnership

Partnerships with Canadian universities 

Research partnerships with universities play an important role in ensuring we understand how the system of engineered and natural barriers will work together to help isolate used nuclear fuel from the surrounding environment over the very long term.
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NWMO president and CEO, Laurie Swami (right), signing a co-operation agreement with SKB in Toronto on May 14, 2018

International co-operation and research

The NWMO has co-operation agreements with our counterparts in Belgium, Finland, France, Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. We also have a memorandum of understanding with our counterpart in Taiwan.
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Canada's plan

Engaging with people
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Canada's plan

A safe approach