Planning for Bruce C

Ontario needs nuclear power as it forecasts an unprecedented increase in demand for clean electricity in the coming years. Canada’s clean energy transition places demands on the electric system to be net zero by 2050, as outlined in the Powering Ontario’s Growth plan released by the Ontario government.

Photograph of two Bruce Power workers review plans for the future of the 2,300-acre site.

Bruce Power plays a significant role in the clean energy transition and is beginning the planning, siting and environmental assessment work required to add up to 4,800 megawatts of additional nuclear capacity on the Bruce site to support the governments’ clean energy needs.

Bruce Power supplies 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity on a 2,300-acre site, which has significant space for expansion while respecting the environment. Bruce Power is well-positioned to expand its already leading role within Ontario’s clean electricity grid, and global supply of cancer-fighting medical isotopes. As we explore our path forward, we will ensure any plans for the future of our site will be carried out in close collaboration and engagement with Indigenous communities, local municipalities, and the public. 

Although no decision has been made to advance with a project, we are initiating this process to begin early dialogue and engagement to ensure all voices are heard.

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Sunday, Dec. 10
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Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre
3394 Bruce County Rd. 20, Municipality of Kincardine

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Indigenous Engagement

The Bruce Power site is located on the eastern shore of Lake Huron near Tiverton, Ontario, within the traditional territory of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) and the traditional harvesting territory of the Historic Saugeen Métis (HSM) and the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO).

Bruce Power remains committed to fostering a strong connection and meaningful engagement with Indigenous communities which includes efforts to increase Indigenous employment, procurement, training and business opportunities. One example of this is Bruce Power’s collaboration with the SON to jointly market medical isotopes, which includes a revenue-sharing program that provides a direct benefit to the community.

Through pre-development work, Bruce Power is taking an initial step towards the Impact Assessment (IA) process with the goal of early engagement of both Indigenous peoples and local communities. We are fully committed to engaging on concerns and opportunities raised by Indigenous peoples and local communities as we progress the pre-planning and IA process. We will evolve these activities as we progress based on feedback and look forward to advancing this pre-development work important to Ontario’s clean energy future.

Bruce Power’s commitment to meaningful engagement with local Indigenous communities means we will continually seek opportunities to expand our relationship in a way that reflects the community’s unique needs and interests.

Questions & Answers

The Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) Pathways to Decarbonization Report predicts that in less than 30 years, Ontario could need to more than double electricity generating capacity, from 42,000 megawatts (MW) today to 88,000 MW in 2050, including 17,800 MWe of additional nuclear capacity.

The Ontario government responded with its Powering Ontario’s Growth plan, embracing its nuclear advantage through generational decisions in starting pre-development work for a potential new nuclear station at the Bruce Power site and advancing three additional small modular reactors at Darlington.

Bruce Power supplies 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity on a 2,300-acre site, which has significant space for expansion while continuing to respect the environment. Bruce Power is uniquely positioned for potential expansion, with decades of experience, a well-studied site, significant space for expansion, strong community support and an experienced and professional workforce.

The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) is a federal body accountable to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. On licensed sites, construction of new nuclear reactors with output greater than 900 megawatts thermal is currently subject to an Impact Assessment, which includes engagement and involvement from surrounding residents and Indigenous communities.

The goal of an Impact Assessment is to help identify the possible impacts of projects before they start. Assessments help to identify the best ways to avoid or reduce a project’s potential negative impacts and also find ways to enhance the positive aspects of a project. Their goal is to inform decision-makers about project impacts and ensure the protection of people and the environment.

Bruce Power is preparing an Impact Assessment for the potential construction and operation of up to 4,800 megawatt electric (MWe) of new nuclear generating capacity at the existing Bruce site.

The Impact Assessment will use a technology agnostic approach, which involves the consideration of multiple technologies to provide optionality to the province in long-term electricity system planning. Bruce Power’s evaluation of prospective nuclear technologies will focus on safety, reliability, cost and schedule adherence and will factor in value for ratepayers, opportunities for Indigenous communities, as well as socioeconomic benefits for the Clean Energy Frontier region of Bruce, Grey and Huron counties.

Although no decision has been made to advance with a project, we are initiating this process to begin early dialogue and engagement to ensure all voices are heard.

Bruce Power has a long history of engaging and supporting local communities surrounding the Bruce site.

Bruce Power is committed to ensuring that interested parties, including workers, Indigenous peoples, municipalities, governments, and the public remain informed and engaged throughout the Impact Assessment process through community information sessions, monthly newsletters, media releases, community events, surveys, social media and through our website.

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