Canada's plan

Implementing Adaptive Phased Management 2010 to 2014 - DRAFT FOR PUBLIC REVIEW

November 1, 2009



The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has released Implementing Adaptive Phased Management 2010 to 2014 – DRAFT FOR PUBLIC REVIEW, our annually updated strategic plan. It describes our five-year work program, presenting highlights in seven key areas.

Based on the comments and ideas received, we will refine the Plan and publish the final document in March 2010. We will report on our progress in 2010 in our Annual Report published in March 2011.

The Plan is a living document that is regularly assessed, strengthened and redirected in the face of new information, advances in technology and science, changes in societal values and evolving public policy.

We welcome comments and ideas about how we are continuing to move forward. To guide this review, we have some questions for consideration.

  1. The draft Plan is built around seven strategic objectives. Are the objectives that we have identified appropriate? Have we missed key areas?
  2. The draft Plan identifies work and activities we propose to undertake to accomplish these objectives. Have we set out appropriate activities?
  3. The draft Plan is intended to anticipate the challenges ahead and plan for them. Over the next five years, what are the key challenges that will need to be addressed?
  4. What will the NWMO need to put in place to respond to these challenges?
  5. Other comments, questions or suggestions?

We welcome comments by mail or through our website ( by January 29, 2010.

Implementing Adaptive Phased Management 2010 to 2014

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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