Modernizing Canada's Radioactive Waste Policy

Status: Ongoing - 2022

The forums and submissions are now closed! We invite you to read the comments received on the forums and other feedback received from interested Canadians on the What We Heard page.

Canada has been a leader in the development and application of nuclear technologies for over half a century. While all radioactive waste is being managed safely, we want to ensure we have a strong Radioactive Waste Policy in place that is based on the best available science, continues to meet international practices, and reflects the values and principles of Canadians.

To continue to manage radioactive waste in a responsible, safe, and environmentally friendly way, we are engaging 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 will be conducting a review of Canada’s Policy Framework for Radioactive Waste to modernize it.

Why is this important?

To ensure that we have a strong Radioactive Waste Policy in place that continues to meet international practices, is based on the best available science, and reflects the values and principles of Canadians.

The discussion

Canadians have told us that now is the time to review our Radioactive Waste Policy.

Stay informed

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Next steps: Canada’s Radioactive Waste Policy Review

2020 - 2022 timeline

November 2020

Virtual Engagement Hub launched

November 2020 - May 31, 2021

Engagement Phase

Winter 2021/2022

Release of draft policy for comments, and "What We Heard Report"

2022

Modernized Policy release