The Nuclear Waste Management (NWMO) is responsible for implementing, collaboratively with Canadians and Indigenous people, Canada’s Plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel. Made up of engineers, technical experts, social scientists and engagement professionals, the NWMO is working hard to implement Canada’s plan in a manner that protects both people and the environment.
Canada’s plan calls for containment and isolation of used nuclear fuel in a deep geological repository, which is made up of a series of natural and engineered barriers. This facility will be located in an area with informed and willing hosts and a suitable rock formation. The NWMO is on track to identify a single, preferred location in Ontario by approximately 2023.
Currently we’re active in the vicinity of five areas in Ontario: Hornepayne, Huron-Kinloss, Ignace, Manitouwadge and South Bruce. This project will only proceed in partnership with people in the area, including First Nation, Métis and municipal communities.
The NWMO is a not-for-profit organization established in 2002 in accordance with the federal Nuclear Fuel Waste Act (NFWA). Ontario Power Generation, New Brunswick Power and Hydro-Québec are the founding members, and along with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, fund the NWMO’s operations.