Minister Champagne signs memorandum of understanding with International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor while in France 

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April 17, 2018 - Paris, France - Global Affairs Canada

Canada has been a world leader in nuclear energy for over 60 years. The nuclear industry of Canada is a vital source of innovation, job creation and low-carbon energy. The next generation in nuclear technology will help Canadian organizations contribute to building cleaner and safer products that will support the country’s energy needs in a low-carbon economy.

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, and Ron Oberth, President of the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries, met with Bernard Bigot, Director General of International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), today to discuss the potential of hydrogen fusion technology as a sustainable, safe and clean, non-carbon emitting source of energy. The Minister and Mr. Oberth also discussed possible areas of interest shared by Canadian institutions and corporations and the ITER Project, a world-class venture that aims to industrialize nuclear fusion as an energy source.

During the visit, Minister Champagne signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with ITER. The MOU will allow for the identification of specific areas of technical cooperation for Canadian institutions and corporations in the nuclear sector, with a focus on opening business opportunities for Canadian exporters to make their expertise and technologies available to the ITER Project. 


“Canada’s expertise in the nuclear sector is world renowned, and this MOU will launch a process to ensure that Canadian suppliers are able to export technologies and expertise on a commercial basis in support of the ITER project, which, in turn, will contribute to well-paying middle-class jobs and more sustainable energy in the future.”

- François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade

“This MOU is good news for the Canadian nuclear industry and a testament to the excellence of Canadian nuclear energy expertise and technology. This arrangement will ensure that Canadian suppliers are positioned to support the ITER Project on a commercial basis, helping to advance clean, non-emitting energy for the future.”

- Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources

Quick facts

  • When it becomes operational in 2025, First Plasma, the ITER Project, will provide further research into the use of fusion technology as a viable and sustainable source of energy.

  • Tritium is an isotope of hydrogen that occurs both naturally and as a by-product of the operation of CANDU nuclear reactors. Tritium is also an essential part of the fuel that will be required for the ITER Project.

  • Canada has a long history of expertise in the handling and technology and handling of tritium.

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