Modernizing Canada's Radioactive Waste Policy

Status: Ongoing - 2021

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?

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We will be conducting a review of Canada’s Policy Framework for Radioactive Waste to modernize it.

Why is this important?

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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. We want to hear your views on:

  • Waste minimization
  • Waste storage facilities

More topics will be introduced in the new year.

If you have something else to raise that is relevant to this policy review, please send us an e-mail - we want to hear from you.

Tell us what you think

Next steps: Canada’s Radioactive Waste Policy Review

2020 - 2021 timeline

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November 2020

Virtual Engagement Hub launched

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November 2020 - March 31, 2021

Engagement Phase

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Spring 2021

"What We Heard Report" release for comments

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Fall 2021

Modernized Policy Release

Contact and follow us

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