Nuclear industry ready to continue its role helping Ontario meet climate change targets

November 29, 2018

OTTAWA (November 29, 2018) – The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) appreciates today’s Ontario government’s Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan acknowledging the important contribution nuclear has made to Ontario’s clean electricity grid.

The plan noted the role nuclear has played in lowering the province’s emissions 22 per cent since 2005.

“Nuclear energy is vital to the success of Ontario’s environment plan, because it is a clean, low-carbon technology that generates electricity without greenhouse gases,” said CNA President and CEO John Barrett.

Providing over 60 percent of Ontario’s electricity supply, nuclear power anchors Ontario’s performance as well as its reputation as a leading clean electricity province. Its baseload supply strength enabled Ontario to phase out coal generation, resulting in one of the most significant climate change mitigation achievements in North America.

Refurbishment to extend the operational life of the nuclear reactors at OPG’s Darlington plant and Bruce Power’s facility in Tiverton is the largest clean energy investment in North America and will preserve Ontario’s clean electricity advantage.

The industry is looking to the future with technologies such as small modular reactors, which would help reduce emissions in Northern or rural communities and heavy industry.

“Together we will continue to deliver the affordable, clean, reliable electricity that is essential in achieving the province’s environmental and economic goals,” said Dr. Barrett. “As the largest source of the province’s clean electricity, we look forward to working closely with the Ontario government to this end.”

About the CNA:

Since 1960, the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) has been the national voice of the Canadian nuclear industry. Working alongside our members and all communities of interest, the CNA promotes the industry nationally and internationally, works with governments on policies affecting the sector and works to increase awareness and understanding of the value nuclear technology brings to the environment, economy and the daily life of Canadians.

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Erin Polka
Director of Communications
(613) 237-4262 x 110

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