Since 2010, we have been engaged in a multi-year, community-driven process to identify a site where Canada's used nuclear fuel can be safely stored with a willing host. The site selection process involves nine steps. As we work with communities in the site selection process, we continue to learn and refine our activities.

  • Step 1: We initiate the siting process with a broad program to provide information, answer questions and build awareness among Canadians about the project and siting process.
  • Step 2: Communities identify their interest in learning more, and we provide a detailed briefing and conduct an initial screening.
  • Step 3: For interested communities that successfully complete an initial screening, we conduct a preliminary assessment of potential suitability.
  • Step 4: Detailed site evaluations are completed at the site identified as having strong potential to meet project requirements in Step 3 preliminary assessments.

  • Step 5: Acceptance to host the repository is confirmed.
  • Step 6: Formal agreement to host the repository is ratified, subject to all regulatory requirements being met and regulatory approval received.
  • Step 7: An independent, formal and public process is conducted by regulatory authorities to ensure all requirements are satisfied.
  • Step 8: Construction and operation of an underground demonstration facility proceeds.
  • Step 9: Construction and operation of the facility proceeds.