Canada’s Small Modular Reactor Roadmap

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The Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Roadmap Secretariat is engaging partners and stakeholders, as well as Indigenous representatives, to understand priorities and challenges related to the development and deployment of SMRs in Canada.

Submissions

If you have shared your views through participation in a working group or workshop you will not need to submit further.

Written submissions must:

  • Be fewer than five (5) pages
  • Relate to at least one of the applications being explored by the SMR Roadmap:
    • On-grid power generation
    • On- and off-grid combined heat and power for resource extraction and heavy industry
    • Off-grid diesel replacement for electricity, district heating and desalination in remote communities
  • Address questions such as:
    • What are your energy priorities?
    • What is SMRs’ role to meet your priorities?
    • What are specific opportunities for SMRs in your project?
    • What challenges could there be to the development, demonstration, and deployment of SMRs?
  • Identify the submission as individual or an organization

Submissions meeting these criteria will receive a response.

Organizations who want to site an SMR demonstration unit at a Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) managed site are encouraged to provide submissions through CNL’s Invitation for SMR Demonstration Projects. Submissions regarding siting of demonstration SMRs at CNL should not be provided to the SMR Roadmap.

Why is the SMR Roadmap important to Canada?

SMRs are a promising potential source of non-emitting power for various applications, but the technology is at an early stage of development and there are still many questions to be answered.

The SMR Roadmap will establish a pan-Canadian vision of the path forward for SMRs in Canada that may be helpful to guide important decisions and reduce uncertainty.

Roadmap Progress

Presently, the SMR Roadmap Secretariat has been engaging with partners and stakeholders through a number of application- and regionally-focused workshops.

A Summary Report for the Roadmap is expected to be completed by fall 2018.

Reports

Summaries of these workshops will be made available soon.

Origins of the SMR Roadmap

Through Generation Energy, we heard that a pan-Canadian approach to Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) can help guide decisions by private and public leaders, reduce uncertainty for investors and provide clarity for policy-makers and regulatory authorities.

In its response to the House of Commons report on Nuclear Energy, the Government of Canada committed to bring together stakeholders to discuss and develop a roadmap for SMRs. In February 2018, Parliamentary Secretary Kim Rudd, on behalf of Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, announced the launch of the SMR Roadmap, supported by the Energy Innovation Program.