Innovation in the nuclear sector plays a critical role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and delivering good, middle-class jobs as Canada moves toward a low-carbon future.
Small Modular Reactors: the next wave of nuclear innovation
Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) have the potential to provide energy from non-emitting sources for a wide range of applications, such as grid-scale electricity generation and for use in heavy industry and remote communities.
Through Generation Energy, we heard that Canadian partners need to work together to chart a path forward for SMRs. In response, Natural Resources Canada asked interested provinces, territories, power utilities and other stakeholders to develop a stakeholder-driven process leading to an SMR Roadmap for Canada.
The Roadmap was supported through the Energy Innovation Program.
The Small Modular Reactor Roadmap is officially launched!
The Roadmap is a result of a 10-month engagement process led by provinces, territories and utilities.
The Government of Canada is reviewing its recommendations and plans to develop an action plan in the near future.
The Roadmap involved extensive engagement with the industry and potential end users, initial dialogue with Indigenous and northern communities and expert analysis. It contains over 50 recommendations in areas such as waste management, regulatory readiness and international engagement. It also highlights the need for ongoing engagement with civil society, northern and Indigenous communities and environmental organizations.
What are Small Modular Reactors?
SMRs use nuclear power to generate electricity. They are designed to be built at a smaller scale than traditional nuclear reactors with lower up-front capital costs and enhanced safety features. Some SMR designs are small enough to fit in a gymnasium.
How could Canada lead on Small Modular Reactors?
Canada is well positioned to become a global leader in the development and deployment of SMR technology. With over 60 years of science and technology innovation, a world-class regulator and a vibrant domestic supply chain, Canada's nuclear industry is poised to capture a share of an emerging global market estimated at $150 billion per year by 2040.
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