Ontario’s largest trades council has reaffirmed its support for Bruce Power’s Life-Extension Program, which includes the Major Component Replacement (MCR) Project.

The Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario recently passed a Resolution at its 61st Annual Convention, to continue supporting the program, which will allow the Bruce Power site to operate to 2064. It is anticipated that the Life-Extension Program will provide between $980 million and $1.2 billion in labour income, as well as about $1 billion in broader economic impacts through the direct and indirect purchasing of equipment, supplies, and materials.

“Nuclear energy is a vital source of low-cost, baseload electricity, which helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, providing environmental and health benefits to Ontarians through reduced asthma cases and virtually no smog days,” said Patrick Dillon, Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario. “Bruce Power is also an essential source of life-saving medical isotopes, which are used around the world to keep hospitals clean and safe, and to treat disease using innovative technologies such as the non-invasive Gamma Knife.”

In 2015, the Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Bruce Power to work collaboratively with the company, its contractors, and federal regulators to meet Life-Extension and MCR goals over the coming decade, while pledging to diversify its members.

“Since 2015, we have actively lobbied the government to support Ontario nuclear by showcasing the industry’s commitment to safety, apprenticeship training, and the diversification of the construction workforce, by providing careers to local residents, including women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, military service members, youth, and the underemployed,” Dillon added.

Kelly Trice, Bruce Power’s Executive Vice President, Projects & Field Services, said the support of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario is imperative to Bruce Power’s success.

“For decades, the Building Trades Council has been a steadfast supporter of Bruce Power, and Ontario’s nuclear industry, because of our continued focus on the safety of employees and tradespeople,” Trice said. “We thank the Council for its continued support, and look forward to working with its members to ensure the continued success of our Life-Extension Program.”

About Bruce Power
Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an electricity company based in Bruce County, Ontario. We are powered by our people. Our 4,200 employees are the foundation of our accomplishments and are proud of the role they play in safely delivering clean, reliable, low-cost nuclear power to families and businesses across the province. Bruce Power has worked hard to build strong roots in Ontario and is committed to protecting the environment and supporting the communities in which we live.

For more information, contact:
John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com