Canadian Nuclear Industry Welcomes New Federal Cabinet

November 5, 2015

OTTAWA (November 4, 2015) – The Canadian nuclear industry congratulates Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet on taking office today.

“We look forward to working with the new government to ensure that nuclear energy is recognized as strategic asset that supports Canada’s environmental, energy, economic and foreign policies,” said Dr. John Barrett, the President and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA).

“In particular, nuclear power is an important source of low-carbon energy that should play an important role in Canada’s climate change plan.  Canada also needs to maintain its place as a leader in nuclear research and development,” added Dr. Barrett.

The CNA looks forward to working with the new government on a long-term energy strategy that can meet environmental needs, safety requirements and economic targets. This will also include helping federal and provincial governments meet national emissions-reduction targets that may arise from the forthcoming United Nations climate-change conference in Paris, and subsequent federal-provincial discussions.

Canada’s nuclear industry employs 60,000 people, generates nearly $7 billion of revenue, and contributes about $1.5 billion in federal and provincial taxes.

Nuclear energy generates electricity while protecting people and the planet from emissions that drive climate change and pollutants that cause serious illnesses and death. It provides about 60 percent of Ontario’s electricity and is a core generator in New Brunswick.

Nuclear innovation also powers life-saving medicine, and the industrial applications that keep Canada at the leading edge of a competitive global economy.

About the CNA

A non-profit organization, the Canadian Nuclear Association represents the nuclear industry in Canada and promotes the development and growth of nuclear technologies for peaceful purposes.


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Malcolm Bernard
Director of Communications

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