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What We Heard

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has connected with a wide range of organizations, Indigenous groups and interested Canadians to hear firsthand how they would like to be engaged on modernizing Canada’s radioactive waste policy, and what they would like to see in a modernized policy. NRCan has led the engagement sessions with the support of other federal government departments who are responsible for the management of radioactive waste in Canada.

What We Heard reports provide an overview of the conversations we’ve had during our engagement sessions and can be found on this page.

In the summer/fall 2021, a final comprehensive What We Heard report and draft policy will be released for public comment. To ensure we hear from as many interested Canadians including Indigenous peoples as we can, instructions on how to provide your comments on the report will be added here once the document is available.

Engagement Summary Reports 1 and 2

These reports provide a snapshot of views and perspectives we have received from interested Canadians including Indigenous groups regarding Canada’s radioactive waste policy. Engagement Summary Report 1 summarizes views and perspectives received between November 16, 2020 and February 19, 2021. Engagement Summary Report 2 summarizes views and perspectives received between February 20, 2021 and May 14, 2021.

We received views on:

  • values and principles to modernize the policy;
  • the roles and responsibilities of government, the regulator, industry and others; and
  • Canadians’ perspectives for the policy as it relates to radioactive waste minimization, storage, decommissioning, and disposal.

Submissions: Your views on modernizing Canada’s radioactive waste policy

Over the course of the engagement, we heard from Canadians including Indigenous peoples from diverse backgrounds and regions who have a wide range of views about the modernization of Canada’s radioactive waste policy.

Comments and ideas, and documents submitted online

See comments and ideas from participants

Explore the documents submitted from participants

How you joined our discussion

150+
Meetings and virtual
engagement sessions

70
Online forum
posts

600+
Written submissions
received