Notice of public hearing and participant funding offering for the review of Ontario Power Generation’s application to renew the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station licence

News Release

September 29, 2017 – Ottawa, ON 

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is offering participant funding to assist members of the public, Indigenous groups and other stakeholders in participating in the licence application review, and the Commission hearing process, for the application submitted by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to renew its nuclear power reactor operating licence for the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station (NGS).


The CNSC will hold a two-part public hearing on April 4, 2018 and June 26–28, 2018 to consider OPG’s application to renew its operating licence for a period of 10 years, until August 31, 2028. The current licence expires on August 31, 2018. OPG intends to cease commercial operation of all Pickering units on December 31, 2024.


A total of $100,000 is being offered for the provision of new, distinctive and valuable information, through informed and topic-specific interventions to the Commission. 

The deadline for submitting a completed participant funding application form to the CNSC is December 1, 2017. 

The CNSC 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. 

For more information, view the notice of public hearing or visit the Participate in a public Commission hearing and Participant Funding Program sections of the CNSC website.  

Quick Facts

  • OPG is licensed by the CNSC to operate the Pickering NGS, located in the municipality of Pickering, Ontario on the north shore of Lake Ontario. 

  • The CNSC has full-time staff at the Pickering NGS who perform inspections to evaluate operations and to verify compliance with regulatory requirements and licence conditions.

  • Each year, the CNSC publishes a report on the safety performance of Canada’s nuclear power plants. To view performance highlights for each plant, including the Pickering NGS, visit the CNSC’s Regulatory Oversight Report for Canadian Nuclear Power Plants: 2016 Web page. 


Aurèle Gervais
Media Relations
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission


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