In March 2018, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) introduced a program of investments in communities that are leading activities in the immediate vicinity of planned borehole drilling sites.
Eligible communities will receive an investment to their well-being reserve fund of $300,000 in 2018. The investment program will be reviewed and refined as the site selection advances.
“We are pleased to contribute to the well-being of these communities as they explore the project and move into more intensive phases of study, involving borehole studies and exploring the potential to implement the project in partnership,” said Dr. Mahrez Ben Belfadhel, Vice-President of Site Selection at the NWMO.
These community investments complement existing Learn More resource programs, which provide funding to interested communities in a siting area, including both municipal and Indigenous communities, to advance learning and discussion and reflection about the project.
The NWMO is committed to ensuring that those exploring the project, including Indigenous communities, are not out-of-pocket for working to advance Canada’s plan for the long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel.