Uranium in Canada

Canada is the world's second largest producer of uranium, accounting for roughly 15% of total global output.

The mining and milling of uranium is a $1.2-billion-a-year industry that directly employs over 3,000 Canadians at the mine sites, many of whom are residents of northern Saskatchewan. Uranium is used in commercial nuclear power plants in several countries to produce electricity, including Canadian-built CANDU (CANadian Deuterium Uranium) reactors, which currently supply about 15% of Canada's electricity.

The Uranium and Radioactive Waste Division provides expert technical, policy and economic information and advice to the Minister and the federal government on issues affecting Canadian uranium exploration, development, environmental protection, production, supply capability, foreign ownership, domestic and international markets, exports, international trade and end uses. It also represents Canada on uranium issues in various multinational organizations and administers the Non Resident Ownership Policy in the Uranium Mining Sector.