Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Technology in Canada

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Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) launched an effort to solicit input regarding Small Modular Reactor (SMR) technology in Canada.

By Bronwyn Hyland
Friday, June 2, 2017

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) launched an effort to solicit input regarding Small Modular Reactor (SMR) technology in Canada.

Today, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) launched an effort to solicit input regarding Small Modular Reactor (SMR) technology in Canada, and more specifically, the role that Canadian Nuclear Laboratories can play in bringing this technology to market. As a respected member of the nuclear community, CNL is asking for your input and participation in this important initiative.

This process is a critical one for our organization as we work to position ourselves as a hub for SMR technology within Canada. This Request for Expressions of Interest aims to build an understanding of the capabilities of technology developers and other stakeholders, in both what they would bring to a partnership with CNL, and what is needed for successful commercial deployment. This effort will also help CNL evaluate market interest in the technology; inform the development of CNL’s science & technology capabilities; and, identify the challenges and opportunities faced in bringing an SMR to successful deployment.

There are several advantages to participating:

  • As a technology developer, you are able to ensure that input regarding your design and research needs are being captured by CNL and inform discussions that we will have with key stakeholders going forward. You are also able to shape the generic site selection and licensing activities we will initiate in 2017.
  • As an end user, you can provide us an understanding of your energy needs, and potential applications for this clean, reliable source of power. Your input is also valuable in identifying areas of public concern or opportunities for better communication and education regarding SMR technology.
  • As a member of the nuclear supply chain or academic and research community, you are able to suggest opportunities where we can work together collaboratively with technology developers, academia, government and other stakeholders. In addition, you are able to provide your thoughts on areas where you feel you can best support a vendor on the path to deployment.

We intend to begin the generic site selection and licensing activities for the first demonstration or prototype reactor later this year. At this preliminary stage, these activities will be technology neutral, and inclusive of all potential technologies, but we need to hear from as broad a cross section of stakeholders as possible to ensure that your needs, your concerns, your input is being considered.

The Request for Expressions of Interest is open from June 1 to July 31; visit to learn more or to provide your response. We hope to hear from you.

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June 15, 2017 – Ottawa

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced today its decision to renew New Brunswick Power Corporation’s (NB Power) Nuclear Power Reactor Operating Licence for the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station (PLNGS), located on the Lepreau Peninsula, NB. This decision was made following a two-part public hearing held on January 26, 2017 in Ottawa, ON and on May 9–11, 2017 in Saint John, NB. The licence will be valid from July 1, 2017 until June 30, 2022.

In making its decision, the Commission considered submissions from NB Power and 94 intervenors, as well as CNSC staff’s recommendations.

CNSC staff will report annually on the performance of the PLNGS at a public Commission meeting where members of the public will have the opportunity to intervene.

The Summary Record of Decision is available in both official languages on the CNSC website at or by contacting the CNSC Secretariat. A detailed Record of Decision will be published on the CNSC website at a later date. Hearing transcripts can be obtained on the CNSC website or by contacting the CNSC. The hearing webcast is available on the same site for 90 days.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect health, safety, security and the environment; to implement Canada’s international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy; and to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public.


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