Durham's Nuclear Strategy

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Why are we creating this strategy?


1. To grow understanding of the nuclear sector in Durham.

Community members, councillors, municipal staff, MPs and MPPs today and tomorrow are educated about the nuclear sector so that decision-making respects the residents of nuclear host communities.

2. To attract innovation and strengthen the local economy.

Durham Region is the Canadian Centre of Excellence for Energy Innovation. We want to attract more clean energy jobs to power Ontario and foster a world-leading nuclear education, research and development ecosystem.

3. To protect and sustain our community.

Durham is an exceptional place to live, learn,

Why are we creating this strategy?


1. To grow understanding of the nuclear sector in Durham.

Community members, councillors, municipal staff, MPs and MPPs today and tomorrow are educated about the nuclear sector so that decision-making respects the residents of nuclear host communities.

2. To attract innovation and strengthen the local economy.

Durham Region is the Canadian Centre of Excellence for Energy Innovation. We want to attract more clean energy jobs to power Ontario and foster a world-leading nuclear education, research and development ecosystem.

3. To protect and sustain our community.

Durham is an exceptional place to live, learn, work and raise a family. We will ensure that our community continues to thrive throughout the lifecycle of nuclear generation in Durham.

4. To become a leading municipality in the nuclear sector.
We want to partner with local area municipalities, industry, and higher levels of government to become respected leaders in the development of nuclear policy, attract new investments, and help shape decisions that affect the Region.



An aerial photograph of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station.


Quick Facts


  • There are three nuclear sites in Durham: Darlington Nuclear Generating Station, Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, and Port Granby (Port Hope Area Initiative).
  • Nuclear electricity has been generated in Durham since 1971.
  • The nuclear sector is Durham’s largest employer (over 8,000 local jobs).
  • The sector is growing. OPG recently opened the Centre for Canadian Nuclear Sustainability in Pickering and is planning to build a new small modular reactor and relocate its headquarters to Clarington.
  • Ontario Tech University offers Canada’s only undergraduate degree in nuclear engineering.
  • About 34% of Ontario’s electricity is generated in Durham from emissions-free nuclear.
  • OPG creates medical isotopes which are used to diagnose and treat health conditions such as heart disease and cancer.
  • Used fuel is currently stored at Pickering and Darlington until the Nuclear Waste Management Organization constructs a deep geologic repository to store it long-term.


Learn about Nuclear Generation in Durham.




We are seeking input from:


  • Durham Region residents
  • Local Area Municipalities (such as the City of Pickering and Municipality of Clarington)
  • Local Indigenous Communities
  • Local Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce
  • Local Colleges and Universities
  • Regional Council and Committees (for example, Durham Nuclear Health Committee)
  • Ontario Power Generation
  • Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries
  • Canadian Association of Nuclear Host Communities
  • Province of Ontario including the Ministry of the Solicitor General and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Government of Canada including Natural Resources Canada, Public Safety Canada, Nuclear Waste Management Organization, and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
  • And more!


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Page last updated: 10 September 2021, 11:44