The NWMO Explores New Website With White River Community Liaison Committee
We showcased our new website to the White River Community Liaison Committee at its May meeting. The goal was to explain how the new site works and how it can support community liaison committees in their efforts to support learning in the community.
“We have a responsibility to inform the public about Canada’s plan for used nuclear fuel. The new website is a tool that will help ensure people have access to information about us and the work underway in their areas,” said Michelle Dassinger, Digital Communications Program Manager with the NWMO.
In our presentation, we explained to committee members that changing technology is a key reason why our old website needed to be refreshed.
“Our research told us people found the old website difficult to navigate, and the information available there was often complex and hard to digest,” said Ms. Dassinger. “With input from website visitors, we designed the new site to be more user-friendly and easy to navigate. We also simplified content to make it easier to read.”
“The new site is mobile and tablet-friendly, and it complies with the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. That means people with disabilities have the same user experience when they land at www.nwmo.ca. We have also made it easier to share our content on social media.
The site features new Study Areas pages that make it easy for residents to find information about the work being done in their areas. For this area, you can find news and other materials on the White River and Area page.The new design features a question and answer section called You Asked Us, where you can find information about a variety of topics. It also includes a section where people can search our comprehensive list of reports.
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.