Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission invites participation in Pickering licence renewal hearing

News Release

Funding available for Indigenous, public, and stakeholder participation

November 20, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is requesting authorization to continue operations until December 2024.  The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) offers funding to assist Indigenous groups, members of the public, and other stakeholders in participating in the licence application review and Commission hearing process. Applications for funding are due December 1, 2017.

A two-part public Commission hearing to consider the licence renewal application is scheduled, with Part 1 in Ottawa on April 4, 2018 and Part 2 in Pickering on June 26–28, 2018.

During Part 1, OPG representatives and CNSC staff will present to the Commission and respond to Commission member questions. During Part 2, registered intervenors have an opportunity to present to the Commission and to respond to any related questions from the Commission members.

For details and further information on the upcoming hearings and how to be involved in the hearing process, visit the CNSC website.

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.


The process for licensing nuclear generating stations requires objective, science-based recommendations, which are scrutinized and deliberated upon by the Commission. The CNSC provides funding to ensure that interested parties have an opportunity to participate and be heard in the hearing process.

Dr. Michael Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer, CNSC

Quick Facts

  • Indigenous groups, members of the public, or other stakeholders who have an interest, expertise or information pertaining to licensing hearings are invited to comment by May 7, 2018.

  • The CNSC established the Participant Funding Program in 2011.

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Aurèle Gervais
Media Relations
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

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