Ontario Nuclear Advantage

Ontario’s Nuclear Advantage

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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

The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries establishes the Martyn Wash Memorial Scholarships for Nuclear Engineering Students at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Thursday, May 17, 2018
May 17, 2018 Pickering, Ontario. – The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) is pleased to announce the creation of the Martyn Wash Memorial Scholarships for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year nuclear engineering students at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). The Scholarships will be awarded annually beginning in the 2018/19 academic year to two students in the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science (FESNS) based on their academic performance.

Bruce Power, County of Bruce announce Ontario’s Nuclear Innovation Institute

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Bruce Power and the County of Bruce have partnered to establish the Ontario Nuclear Innovation Institute as an international centre of excellence for applied research and training.

CNL Opens National Innovation Centre for Cybersecurity

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization, is pleased to announce that it has cut the ribbon on its National Innovation Centre for Cybersecurity at Knowledge Park in Fredericton, NB, officially opening the doors on a brand new, multi-million dollar research facility that represents a major addition to Canada’s national cyber security capabilities. A number of local dignitaries and elected officials joined the Honourable Brian Gallant, Premier of New Brunswick, to celebrate the new centre, which joins a growing list of facilities and investments that are transforming the province into a cyber security research and innovation hub.

L3 MAPPS to Expand Tihange 1 Simulator for Long Term Operation

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
L3 MAPPS announced today that it has won a contract from ENGIE Electrabel to upgrade the Tihange Unit 1 full scope operator training simulator. The original simulator, developed by L3 MAPPS in cooperation with Tractebel ENGIE, was declared Ready For Training on March 4, 2016. The expansion project involves several modifications, and the upgraded simulator is expected to be in service in the second quarter of 2019.

Bruce Power Donates $76K To Mental Health

Monday, May 14, 2018
Bruce Power donated $76,000 to local mental health initiatives that will support community members who live with mental illnesses.

Macfab showcases satellite components at 4S Symposium

Friday, May 11, 2018
Macfab Manufacturing, an international supplier of precision components and sub-assemblies, will be exhibiting at the 4S Symposium, May 28 – June 1, in Sorrento, Italy. The 4S (Small Satellites, Systems and Services) Symposium is jointly organized with the ESA (European Space Agency) and CNES (French Space Agency). This year’s event is being held in cooperation with two other major small sat conferences: the Small Satellites Conference (AIAA/USU) and the Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation (IAA/DLR).

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