Canada's plan

The NWMO releases five-year strategic plan for 2019 to 2023

This is a photo of the NWMO data management team.

March 27, 2019

Toronto, Ont.

This is a photo of the NWMO data management team.

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has released the latest update to our five-year strategic plan – Implementing Adaptive Phased Management 2019 to 2023


The plan outlines objectives and priorities as we continue to implement Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel. The next five years will see us continue to narrow our focus as we work towards identifying a preferred site for the project.


This year, we have identified a series of priorities – engineering, site assessment, safety, mobilization, licensing, engagement, and transportation – that will guide and structure our work over the next five years. The latest version also includes a summary of public input the NWMO received after publishing last year's update in March 2018.


The plan is a living document that is regularly assessed and strengthened with direction and guidance from communities, advances in science and technology, insight from Indigenous Knowledge, changes in societal values, and evolving public policy.


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. 


The NWMO summarizes our progress in annual reports, published every March. The latest, Moving towards partnership – Annual Report 2018 is also available.

 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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