Thanks to everyone who attended our November 2021 SMR Project virtual information sessions. Summaries of what we heard, including answers to the questions asked, will be available here in January. If you were unable to attend, you can watch to the recordings of both sessions:

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We’re in the first year of a multi-year planning phase for the development of nuclear power from small modular reactors (SMRs) in Saskatchewan.

If we want SMRs to be an option in the mid-2030s, we need to start planning now. To help, we’ve applied for federal funding to cover some of the costs of the planning phase.

Why We’re Doing It

We’re on track to exceed our goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 50% from 2005 levels by 2030. To lessen the effects of climate change, we’re aiming for a zero-emissions power system by 2050 or sooner. This means considering a range of low or no emissions power source options, including nuclear power from SMRs.

Our research shows that power generated from SMRs is: 

  • affordable
  • environmentally friendly 
  • reliable baseload power

Our Progress So Far

We’ve evaluated the potential for nuclear power since the early 1970s. View the reports and studies.  

Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick and Alberta signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop SMRs as one more zero-emissions power source to help Canada reach its climate change goals. 

Nuclear power projects require significant planning and if we're to have an operational SMR by the mid-2030s, that planning needs to start now! The information we gather during the planning phase, will help us make future decisions, including whether or not to build an SMR in Saskatchewan. We expect to make a construction decision by 2029.

Planning phase work will take about 7 years. It will include:

  • Assessment of the business case for SMR deployment in Saskatchewan
  • Evaluation of the business model best suited to deployment of SMRs in Saskatchewan
  • SMR site selection
  • SMR technology selection
  • Preparation, submission, and approval of a Licence to Prepare a Site from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) – the federal nuclear regulator 
  • Preparation and submission of an application for a Licence to Construct an SMR from the CNSC
  • Preparation of an application for a Licence to Operate an SMR from the CNSC
  • Environmental, social, economic and Indigenous impact assessments as required by federal and provincial regulators
  • Ongoing Indigenous, stakeholder, customer and public engagement

Understanding What's Important to You

Engagement and consultation with Indigenous rightsholders, customers, stakeholders and the public are an important part of the planning phase. It’s also a requirement of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC).

In the fall of 2021, we shared information about our project with Indigenous communities and the public. Summaries of what we heard will be posted here by the end of January 2022. 

Respecting the Local Environment

SMRs provide reliable baseload power, while producing no GHG emissions. They also add clean power to the grid. SMRs result in much less waste than large-scale nuclear reactors. 

Unfortunately, all forms of power generation result in waste of some sort. But, nuclear power is the only form of power generation that stores and tracks all the waste it generates.

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is developing a project to manage nuclear fuel waste for all of Canada. The NWMO has a plan for safe and responsible long-term management. In Canada, that plan is made in consultation with:

  • Canadians
  • Regulators
  • Governments

Our licensing application must include a plan for waste management. The plan will cover the full operational lifecycle of an SMR. 

Keeping You Informed

We’ll update this page as the planning and development work advances. Check back for updates or sign up for email updates by Staying Informed.

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