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Have Your Say on the Draft Policy on Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning

Modernizing Canada's Radioactive Waste Policy > Draft Policy

During a public engagement period of November 2020 to May 2021, we heard what interested Canadians had to say about modernizing Canada’s radioactive waste policy. We invite you to read the comments received on the forums and other feedback received from Canadians on the What We Heard page.

After taking into account the information received and considering international standards based on the best available science, while also reflecting the values and principles of Canadians, we drafted a modernized policy, and sought written feedback on the draft Policy for Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning. The public comment period was from February 1, 2022 to April 2, 2022.

Key commitments in the draft policy

The draft Policy for Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning comprises a set of policy principles for radioactive waste management and decommissioning that sets out the federal government’s direction. These principles advance three key federal commitments:

  • health, safety, security and protection of the environment
  • openness, transparency and public engagement
  • global excellence in the fields of radioactive waste management and decommissioning

Our role

What we’ve done

Engagement with interested Canadians on modernizing Canada’s radioactive waste policy took place virtually from fall 2020 to spring 2021 through various forums, including virtual roundtables and meetings.

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) led the engagement activities with the support of federal departments with responsibilities for radioactive waste in Canada.

NRCan posted the draft policy for public comment from February 1, 2022 to April 2, 2022.

Visit the What We Heard page for more information on the engagement process and for reports on these activities.

Next steps

We are considering the feedback that you have provided to help us finalize a modernized policy. A modernized Policy on Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning is expected for release in 2022.

Stay informed

To stay informed throughout the radioactive waste policy review process, feel free to: