The MNO engages with proponents and government agencies on a wide range of proposed and ongoing projects and initiatives throughout traditional territories. The overview below provides highlights some of the MNO’s activities related to Lands, Resources, and Consultations.
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Terms of Reference
On December 17, 2019 the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and the MNO signed a Terms of Reference to provide a forum through which we can collaborate and address areas of interest or concern raised by the MNO regarding CNSC regulated facilities and activities within the MNO’s regions and traditional territories. CNSC Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Jason Cameron and MNO President Margaret Froh signed the Terms of Reference on December 17, 2019 at the Best Western Inn on the Bay in Owen Sound, Ontario. Pictured L-R: Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Jason Cameron and MNO President Margaret Froh at the signing.
Nuclear Waste Management Organization: Canada’s Plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2002 by Canada’s nuclear electricity producers in accordance with the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act (NFWA). In June 2007, the Government of Canada selected Adaptive Phased Management (APM), as Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel in a manner that protects people and the environment. The NWMO is responsible for implementing this plan. The plan is based on extensive public input. It requires used fuel to be contained and isolated in a deep geological repository which is consistent with best practices around the world. It also calls for a comprehensive process to select a site with informed and willing hosts for the project. In addition to extensive technical assessments, the site selection process involves extensive learning and dialogue with communities before a preferred site can be identified. The project will only proceed with the interested community, First Nation and Métis communities in the area, and surrounding communities working in partnership to implement it.
Facilities associated with the project will include a Centre of Expertise, a deep geological repository, and a number of supporting facilities. The project also calls for a comprehensive transportation system to move Canada’s used fuel from interim storage facilities to the new site. The project will be developed and implemented in phases over many decades. In developing and implementing all aspects of the project, the NWMO is committed to meeting or exceeding all applicable regulations to ensure the safety and security of people and the environment. Currently the NWMO is working to identify a single preferred location for this project to be located in an area with informed and willing hosts. They expect to identify the preferred site by about 2023 and have narrowed their focus to two areas where communities expressed interest in learning about the project and exploring their potential to host it: South Bruce in southwestern Ontario; and Ignace in Northern Ontario. Further planning timelines assume construction could start around 2033 and the facility could begin accepting used nuclear fuel in 2043.
The NWMO has been actively engaging Métis MNO communities since 2010 through sponsoring Annual General Assemblies and other community events, hosting community information sessions, and meeting regularly with both MNO staff and MNO elected officials. The NWMO invites you to learn more. Please visit their Website, Facebook page, YouTube Channel, Twitter Profile, and Instagram Account to find out more. Please share any questions or comments you might have about the NWMO’s work with the MNO’s Nuclear Consultation Coordinator Matt Long at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hardrock Gold Mine Project
Greenstone Gold Mines GP Inc. (GGM) a joint venture partnership between Centerra Gold Inc. and Premier Gold Mines Ltd. is planning the construction, operation, decommissioning, and closure of an open pit gold mine and associated ancillary activities collectively known as the Hardrock Gold Mine Project (the “Project”). The Project is located in the Municipality of Greenstone, Ontario, in the Ward of Geraldton, at the intersection of Highway 11 and Michael Power Boulevard. The Project is situated within a historical mine site for which GGM acquired the mining claim in December 2008. The property is a brownfield site that was actively mined from the 1930’s to the 1970’s and in later years was known as the MacLeod-Mosher Complex. Click here for additional information
Updated: January 6, 2021