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Backgrounder

The Government of Canada is committed to promoting greater trade and investment with India, which will help generate new jobs and growth in Canada's nuclear energy industry and strengthen international nuclear safety and security.

In November 2012, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced the conclusion of negotiations for an Appropriate Arrangement pursuant to the formal Cooperation Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of India for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy.

On March 21, 2013, Canada's nuclear regulator, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, and India’s Department of Atomic Energy co-signed the Appropriate Arrangement. Now that the Appropriate Arrangement is finalized, the Governments of Canada and India will take the necessary steps to bring the Nuclear Cooperation Agreement into force in a timely manner. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission will oversee the implementation of the Agreement.

The Nuclear Cooperation Agreement and supporting Appropriate Arrangement will allow Canadian firms to export and import controlled nuclear materials, equipment and technology to and from India to facilities subject to safeguards applied by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Individual exports and imports are also subject to licensing under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and the Export and Import Permits Act.

Canada’s nuclear non-proliferation policy establishes the conditions under which Canada may engage in nuclear cooperation with selected partner countries. The Government of Canada tightly regulates the export of nuclear items to ensure that such items are exported only to countries that meet Canada’s stringent non-proliferation and security requirements.

Nuclear Cooperation Agreements and Appropriate Arrangements provide the framework through which nuclear cooperation is conducted. These Agreements provide international treaty level assurances that nuclear material, equipment and technology originating in Canada will only be used for civilian and peaceful applications.

This Agreement will provide access for members of Canada's nuclear industry to India's expanding nuclear market and facilitate the exploration of joint commercial ventures and research and development.

In Canada, the nuclear power generation sector produces about $5 billion in annual revenues and supports 17,000 direct jobs while uranium mining accounts for over $1billion per year in exports and supports 5,000 direct jobs.

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David Provencher
Press Secretary
Office of Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources
613-996-2007

or:

Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-992-4447