Modernizing Canada's Radioactive Waste Policy

Status: Ongoing

The public comment period on the draft Policy for Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning closed on April 2, 2022. We are currently considering the feedback you provided to help us finalize a modernized policy that is expected for release in 2023. To see comments, ideas and documents submitted on the draft Policy, visit our Draft Policy page.

Canada has been a leader in the development and application of nuclear technologies for over half a century, and all radioactive waste is being managed safely. We are committed to continuous improvement and want to ensure we have a strong, modern radioactive waste policy that continues to meet international standards based on the best available science and that reflects the values and principles of Canadians.

To continue to manage radioactive waste in a responsible and safe manner while protecting the environment, we engaged with Indigenous peoples, the general public, stakeholders, experts, and any other interested parties to review and modernize Canada’s radioactive waste policy for future generations. See the announcement from Minister O’Regan.

What does it mean?

We are reviewing Canada’s policy on radioactive waste to modernize it.

Why is this important?

It is important to ensure that we have a strong radioactive waste policy that continues to meet international standards based on the best available science and that reflects the values and principles of Canadians

The discussion

Canadians have told us that now is the time to review our radioactive waste policy.

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Next steps: Canada’s Radioactive Waste Policy Review

2020 - 2023 timeline

November 2020

Virtual Engagement Hub was launched

November 2020 - May 2021

Engagement Phase

February 2022

Release of the draft policy for comments and What We Heard: Modernizing Canada’s Policy for Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning

2023

Modernized Policy release