Ontario takes nuclear option

The Government of Ontario is starting pre-development work on a large-scale nuclear expansion project, the first of its kind in more than 30 years.

Credit: Ontario Energy

Working in collaboration with Bruce Power - the Canadian-owned partnership of TC Energy, Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Systems (OMERS), the Power Workers’ Union and The Society of United Professionals - the government is undertaking the expansion to help meet rising electricity demand in the province.

Bruce Power will begin with community consultations and start conducting environmental assessment for federal approval, in order to determine the feasibility of establishing up to 4,800 megawatts (MW) of new nuclear generation on its current site, which is already the largest nuclear generation plant in the world.

The Bruce Nuclear site is located within the traditional territories of Indigenous communities, and, as a prerequisite for the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s licensing process for new large-scale nuclear stations, planning for new nuclear generation will involve community engagement, with the aim of ensuring Indigenous perspectives are understood and considered. 

“With our plan already in place to meet demand this decade, we are starting the pre-development work to identify future generation options, including reliable, affordable and clean nuclear energy, that will power our province into the future,” said Todd Smith, Ontario Minister of Energy.