Nuclear: The Backbone Of Ontario’s Energy Mix
Development and Innovation Ontario has positioned itself as a global hub of nuclear innovation and expertise — promising a safe and secure energy future for the province.
Reliable, emissions-free and cost-effective, nuclear energy not only powers our economy but drives it as well. It provides about half our generation now and, as outlined in Achieving Balance, Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan, will continue to do so well into the future.
As the largest producer of nuclear electricity in Canada, Ontario has been operating nuclear power safely and successfully for over 40 years. Our nuclear sector supports an innovative manufacturing industry and a highly-skilled work force employing about 60,000 people in plant operation and support, nuclear refurbishment, and manufacturing supply chain.
“We have developed an international reputation for safety and excellence, known worldwide for our technological innovation and experience.”
As a result, we have developed an international reputation for safety and excellence, known worldwide for our technological innovation and experience. Ontario-driven technology, skills, and expertise are already found in nuclear facilities all around the world, and the World Association of Nuclear Operators has recognized us as having some of the highest performing facilities. With the Bruce Power site in Kincardine, we’re also home to the largest operating nuclear generating facility in the world.
From the state-of-the-art nuclear equipment manufacturing facility at Babcock & Wilcox in Cambridge, to the first-of-its kind Darlington Energy Complex — home to the most advanced mock-up and tools for nuclear refurbishment — Ontario is well positioned to globally market our unique skills, expertise, and homegrown businesses. We have experience in modernizing our sector and we know how to keep it running smoothly and reliably. These are the kind of skills that will serve us well in the international marketplace.
Last year, our government reaffirmed our commitment to the nuclear industry when we made the refurbishment of the existing Bruce and Darlington sites a key part of our updated Long-Term Energy Plan.
Refurbishment means thousands of megawatt hours of clean generation, and thousands of jobs and opportunities for Ontario workers and businesses. It also means maximum value for ratepayers by postponing building new sources of generation. Altogether, refurbishment projects, nuclear plants operation, and support are expected to create 25,000 jobs and inject $5 billion into our economy.
Nuclear power is and will continue to be an important part of our economy and electricity system for generations to come. As the industry grows, we will continue to identify and pursue opportunities to build, innovate, and expand Ontario’s nuclear sector — doing it safely, responsibly and with care.