Ontario Nuclear Advantage

Ontario’s Nuclear Advantage

Providing low-cost power to families and businesses

Get the facts on nuclear power and energy pricing in Ontario.

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Low-cost nuclear power meets 60% of Ontario’s energy needs. It is the backbone of the province’s electricity system, and the reasons are clear:

  • The cost of nuclear power generation in Ontario is significantly lower than the average residential price. It provides families and businesses with a low-cost source of electricity that saves money compared to other energy options.
  • Ontario’s three nuclear facilities – Bruce Power, OPG Darlington and OPG Pickering – create jobs and economic growth in communities across the province.
  • Nuclear power helps Ontario meet its climate change goals by keeping the air clean.

Modern health care around the world capitalizes on Ontario’s role as a leading supplier of Cobalt-60.


Ontario has made nuclear electricity a key element in its Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) because it provides many benefits. Low-cost electricity, clean air and local jobs are just some of them.

The long-term investment programs underway across Ontario’s nuclear fleet – including OPG Pickering, OPG Darlington and Bruce Power – will secure this low-cost source of electricity over the long term, while meeting our needs today. Nuclear generation in Ontario is currently paid 6.6 cents per kilowatt/hour (kw/h) compared to the average residential price of 11 cents per kw/h.

Ontarians will also benefit from avoided costs of cap and trade by using clean nuclear. In fact, between 2017 and 2064, carbon-free nuclear from Bruce Power and OPG, when compared to alternatives, will avoid between $18 billion and $95 billion in carbon costs that ratepayers would have to fund if this output was replaced by fossil fuels.

There is a myth that, due to the capital investments required in nuclear power, the consequence is a high price of electricity, which simply isn’t true, because nuclear facilities operate for decades and generate large volumes of electricity on a consistent basis. Ontario’s nuclear facilities have a demonstrated track record of high reliability.

  • Bruce Power will be investing $13 billion into its Life-Extension Program, allowing its units to operate through 2064. The Bruce Power site is home to eight CANDU reactors.
  • OPG will be refurbishing its units at Darlington between 2016 and 2026 at a cost of $12.8 billion, allowing them to run through the late-2050s. The Darlington facility is home to four CANDU reactors.

The cost paid to nuclear covers everything including the operation of the facility, investments and long-term liabilities, including waste and the eventual decommissioning at its end of life.

Get the facts. It’s critical for Ontarians to understand the details about energy pricing and the positive role nuclear energy plays. Learn more about Ontario’s Nuclear Advantage.

Latest News

CNSC issues the detailed Record of Decision for the renewal of Ontario Power Generation’s Nuclear Power Reactor Operating Licence for the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station

Thursday, January 3, 2019
On December 21, 2018, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) issued the detailed Record of Decision, including the Commission’s reasons for decision for the renewal of Ontario Power Generation Inc.’s (OPG) Nuclear Power Reactor Operating Licence for the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station (PNGS). This decision was issued following a two-part public hearing held on April 4, 2018, in Ottawa, Ontario, and from June 25 to 29, 2018, in Pickering, Ontario. On August 8, 2018, the Commission had announced through a Summary Record of Decision its decision to renew OPG’s licence to operate the PNGS from September 1, 2018 until August 31, 2028. The Commission also authorized OPG to operate PNGS Units 5 to 8 up to a maximum of 295,000 equivalent full power hours.

Hatch office expansion in Port Elgin

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Global engineering firm Hatch has moved into a larger facility on Goderich Street in Port Elgin. It will accommodate 25 people, with more room for meeting space.

Bruce Power, Framatome sign MoU for safety-related Life-Extension Program updates

Friday, November 30, 2018
Bruce Power today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Framatome valued at $18.7 million covering a range of innovations and new activities, including operational improvements for its nuclear reactors. These innovative modernizations, planned for Bruce A and Bruce B, are an important component of the facility’s Life-Extension Program, which will allow the plant to continue operating through 2064.  

The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries welcomes Bruce Power President and CEO Mike Rencheck as Keynote Speaker at its Awards Lunch & AGM Conference

Thursday, November 29, 2018
November 27, 2018, Ajax Ontario. – The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) held its Annual General Meeting, Awards Lunch and AGM Conference on November 27th at the Ajax Convention Centre in Ajax Ontario. The AGM Conference on "Nuclear Innovation and Medical Isotopes Saving Lives" discussed new technologies for producing a variety of medical isotopes in power reactors as well as in cyclotron facilities in Canada.  

OPG's nuclear stations achieve highest safety ratings

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Darlington and Pickering facilities continue to operate safely

Nuclear Innovation Institute temporary headquarters at OCNI Office in Port Elgin

Monday, November 12, 2018
In a joint statement November 9, Bruce Power and the County of Bruce have announced that they will look for a new site on which to build the Ontario Nuclear Innovative Institute (NII).

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