Canada's plan

Deputy Minister Acknowledges the NWMO's Innovative Approach

Two geologists studying areas of interest in Northern Ontario

Geologists study an area of interest in the site selection process.

November 10, 2017


By the NWMO

Two geologists studying areas of interest in Northern Ontario

Geologists study an area of interest in the site selection process.

Canada’s Deputy Minister of Natural Resources, Philip Jennings, recently attended an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conference, where his comments acknowledged the ongoing work of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO). 

At the IAEA’s International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Mr. Jennings – Canada’s Head of Delegation – delivered his statement providing a perspective on nuclear energy in Canada, and federal commitments to international cooperation in nuclear science, technology, safety, security and nuclear non-proliferation.

Mr. Jennings noted Canada's commitment to safely managing the back-end of the fuel cycle and the role of the NWMO in advancing this national infrastructure project.

"At the back end of the fuel cycle, Canadian companies are addressing concerns related to the safe, long-term management of nuclear fuel waste. Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organization – an organization established by Canadian nuclear electricity producers – is advancing an open, transparent, and collaborative siting process," said Mr. Jennings. “This process is unparalleled in our country in its innovative and broad engagement of the public, stakeholders, and Indigenous groups. We point to it as a best practice for identifying a willing host community for a radioactive waste repository." 

The conference took place from October 30 to November 1. (Read: full statement.) 

The NWMO is working with municipalities and Indigenous communities to assess potential siting areas for a deep geological repository and explore their interest in hosting this initiative.

About the NWMO

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is a not-for-profit organization tasked with the safe, long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel inside a deep geological repository, in a manner that protects people and the environment for generations to come.

Founded in 2002, the NWMO has been guided for more than 20 years by a dedicated team of world-class scientists, engineers and Indigenous Knowledge Holders that are developing innovative and collaborative solutions for nuclear waste management. Canada’s plan will only proceed in an area with informed and willing hosts, where the municipality, First Nation and Métis communities, and others in the area are working together to implement it. The NWMO plans to select a site in 2024, and two areas remain in our site selection process: the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation-Ignace area in northwestern Ontario and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation-South Bruce area in southern Ontario.
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The NWMO is a not-for profit organization established in 2002 by Canada's nuclear electricity producers in accordance with the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act (NFWA).

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