The NWMO Supports Investments in Community Capacity and Well-Being
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.
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.