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Bruce Power partners with Ontario colleges to secure steady workforce for future

TIVERTON, ON, Aug. 24, 2016 /CNW/ - Bruce Power is pleased to announce a partnership with four Ontario colleges on six diploma programs which will help to ensure a steady flow of qualified candidates for the company's workforce.

"We want to ensure that people attending college with a goal of employment at Bruce Power as an Operator, Maintainer or Technician have options identified that will help with this goal," said Chip Horton, Vice President of Nuclear Operations Support Division who is the executive sponsor for establishing these partnerships. "Although we are pleased to announce these partnerships, it is important to note that throughout this selection process Bruce Power was impressed with the excellent programs available at colleges throughout the province for people seeking employment in our industry and graduates from all colleges will continue to be tapped for future employees," Horton added.

The colleges and programs selected are: Lambton College in Sarnia for the Chemical Production and Power Engineering Technology program, Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technology program and Mechanical Technician Industrial Millwright program; Georgian College in Owen Sound for the Power Engineering Technology program; Georgian College in Barrie  for the Electrical Engineering Technology program; St. Clair College in Windsor for the Chemical Laboratory Technology program; and Algonquin College in Pembroke for the Applied Nuclear Science and Radiation Safety program.

Read the Press Release Here.


Canada's Nuclear Energy Industry

Canada: 61 years in nuclear; Nobel Prize in Physics—1994: Dr. Bert Brockhouse.

Nuclear energy in Canada is for peaceful purposes: used only in electricity generation, medicine, agriculture, research and manufacturing.

Nuclear energy is a $6.6 billion/year industry generating $1.5 billion in federal and provincial revenues through taxes: 21,000 direct jobs, 10,000 indirect jobs (contractors to the industry) plus 40,000 spin-off jobs, 150 Urms and $1.2 billion in exports (Source: Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI) 2008).

  • In 2008: 22 CANDU Reactors—18 in service until April 2008 generating 14.8% of the country’s electricity, cleanly and safely, in Ontario (53%), Quebec (3%), and NewBrunswick (6.1%).

  • On April 1, 2008, NewBrunswick Power began refurbishing Point Lepreau. Prior to the refurbishment, it provided up to 30%of NewBrunswick’s electricity.

  • In 2008 in Ontario: 20 reactors—16 in service providing 53%of the province’s electricity coming from12,024MW(Gross) of installed electrical nuclear capacity (Source: CANDU Owners Group (COG)/Pressurized HeavyWater Reactor (PHWR Performance Indicators, Dec 2008). 

  • Canada has operated CANDU nuclear power reactors safely for 47 years.

  • Canada has theworld’s largest known high-grade natural uraniumdeposits in Saskatchewan. 

  • Canada provides over 50%of the global supply ofmedical isotopes for nuclear medicine used in 60,000 procedures per day—5,000 of those in Canada 

  • The total amount of used nuclear fuel produced in 47 years fromnuclear power  plants in Canada would fill six hockey rinks up to the height of the boards.

Over 50% of Ontario’s electricity is produced by nuclear generation. For decades, Nuclear Generation has provided an affordable and reliable source of energy to heat and light our homes as well as ensure that Ontario’s industries remain competitive in the intensely competitive global marketplace.

We  all strive for greater energy efficiency. Yet as Ontario’s population increases and its industry grows, new uses for electricity, such as electric vehicles, emerge which lead to increased demands for CO2-free electricity. In order to maintain the healthy, vibrant lifestyle for which Ontario is so well known, new sources of electricity generation must be built.

Among them must be nuclear power – it plays a vital role in a well balanced energy mix.


New Build In Ontario

Why New Build?  The Canadian nuclear industry is largely located in Ontario. A large percentage of the industry’s 35,000+ jobs is in companies large and small located throughout the province. Up to 80% of the economic benefit of building new reactors in Ontario could occur right here in Ontario. Additionally, over the 60 year life of a nuclear power plant a majority of the operations and maintenance spend is on high value and technology jobs, where as in fossil based generation, it is spent on the fuel.
A study conducted by the Conference Board of Canada concluded that a CANDU new-build in Ontario would create more than 60,000 person-years of employment.

The challenges to sustaining a vibrant manufacturing sector in Ontario will only increase as countries elsewhere grow their manufacturing capacity. Ontario cannot maintain its standard of living if it loses its manufacturing sector. We must ensure Ontario maintains a strong manufacturing base.

New nuclear is a cost competitive option.

In summary, a Darlington new nuclear project provides:

1) Competitive price against international standards and renewable energies such as wind and solar
2) Reliable, base load electricity required for our homes, schools, hospitals and industry
3) Continuation of well proven and localized Natural Uranium fuel and on-line refueling
4) Significant Ontario content allowing the manufacturing sector to stabilize and potentially grow
6) An opportunity to sustain and expand a “high valued added” industry in Ontario


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