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Township of Huron - Kinloss
Point Clark - Ripley - Lucknow

Huron-Kinloss Nuclear

NWMO 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Program

NWMO Sponsorship of Local Initiatives

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is implementing Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel. It is committed to building sustainable, long-term relationships with interested and potentially affected individuals and communities. This includes communities that expressed an interest
in learning about the project, First Nation and Métis communities inthe area, and surrounding municipalities. The NWMO also places a strong importance on engaging youth. The CSRP is intended to support and build on this approach.

The NWMO will consider support for local initiatives in areas involved in Phase 2 Preliminary Assessments
in the site selection process:
»» Within communities that initiated involvement in the site selection process and entered Phase 2
of the Preliminary Assessment step in the site selection process;
»» Within communities that neighbour Phase 2 communities; and
»» Within neighbouring Aboriginal communities that surround Phase 2 communities.

Priority will be given to opportunities that support community well-being, with an emphasis on education
and youth initiatives in the community.
The program has a maximum investment per local initiative of $2,500. The program also includes
a guideline setting the NWMO’s funding limit to no more than 30 per cent of an ongoing program or
initiative. Significant and appropriate support and collaboration from other sources, including community
support, should be evident.

How to Request Support for an Initiative

Letters of requests from the community should be forwarded to the local NWMO Relationship
Manager, Senior Aboriginal Relations Engagement Advisor, or Requests
will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Requests for support need to include:
»» Name and description of the organization;
»» Charitable registration number and tax receipts, if applicable;
»» Contact name for the project, including mailing address, telephone number, and email address;
»» Description of the project, including the need, goals, community benefits, timeline, community partners, and budget;
»» Amount of funding requested. For ongoing programs, information is required to demonstrate the request is not more than 30 per cent of the cost of the program;
»» Description of how the NWMO’s support will be publicly recognized and the understanding that the project may be used for promotional purposes by the NWMO (e.g., profiled in a newsletter, in an annual report or on a website); and
»» Explanation of how the project will be evaluated.

For more information about the program contact Paul Austin at 519-386-6711 or

NWMO Progress Through Collaboration Annual Report 2015

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) submitted Progress Through Collaboration – Annual Report 2015 to the Honourable James Gordon Carr, Minister of Natural Resources Canada.

The NWMO Annual Report is made public simultaneously with its submission to the Minister of Natural Resources Canada. It is available online, and hard copies are available by request.

NWMO Explores New Website with Huron-Kinloss NWCAC

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) showcased its new website to the Huron-Kinloss Nuclear Waste Community Advisory Committee (NWCAC) at their April meeting. The goal was to explain how the new site works and how it can support NWCACs in their efforts to support learning in the community. 

“We have a responsibility to inform the public about Canada’s plan for used nuclear fuel. The new website is a tool that will help ensure people have access to information about us and the work underway in their areas,” said Michelle Dassinger, Digital Communications Program Manager with the NWMO.

In the presentation Dassinger explained to committee members that changing technology is a key reason the old website needed to be refreshed.

“Our research told us people found the old website difficult to navigate, and the information available there was often complex and hard to digest,” said Dassinger. “With input from website visitors, we designed the new site to be more user-friendly and easy to navigate. We also simplified content to make it easier to read.”

The new site is mobile and tablet friendly and complies with the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). That means people with disabilities have the same user-experience when they land at The website also makes it easier to share content on social media.

The site features new Study Area pages that make it easy for residents to find information about the work being done in their areas. For this area, you can find news and other materials on the Huron-Kinloss page.

The new design features a questions and answer section called You Asked Us, where you can find information about a variety of topics. It also includes a section where people can search a comprehensive list of reports.  

Adaptive Phased Management Technical Update

Huron-Kinloss Nuclear Waste Community Advisory Committee was provided with a Technical Update on the Project

Derek Wilson, the NWMO's Vice-President of Design and Construction, shared a technical update about Adaptive Phased Management (APM) at the Huron-Kinloss Nuclear Waste Community Advisory Committee meeting in April. His presentation highlighted the possible range of facilities that will be associated with the project.

"There is more to the APM Project than the deep geological repository," said Mr. Wilson. "Some of the associated activities, such as the Centre of Expertise, are planned to come online years before construction of the repository."
Mr. Wilson said once a preferred site is identified, the Centre of Expertise would be constructed to provide an opportunity to further develop and demonstrate the equipment and processes that would be used during the operation, and to provide support for detailed site characterization activities. The centre would also support environment and social research, and ongoing engagement efforts.

He also described the new container design for used nuclear fuel. Important features of the design are corrosion resistance, mechanical strength, ease of fabrication, capacity, and compatibility with surrounding sealing materials.

"A benefit of the new container design is the ability to be manufactured in the host community or surrounding region, depending on interest," he said. "The required materials and technology for the containers are readily available in Canada."

Mr. Wilson is scheduled to visit all community liaison committees involved in the site selection process over the next few months.

Description of a Deep Geological Repository and Centre of Expertise for Canada's Used Nuclear Fuel

A New Office Location in Ripley for the NWMO Learn More Centre

The NWMO Learn More Centre will open the doors to a new location in Ripley on June 1st, 2016. The new office will be located at 46 Queen Street in Ripley.

The current office location at 80 Huron Street in Ripley will remain open until June 1st, 2016.

The NWMO Learn More Centre is open to the public and welcomes the community to drop in.

Contact Paul Austin for further information at or 519-386-6711

2019Township of Huron-Kinloss
21 Queen Street, PO Box 130
Ripley, Ontario N0G 2R0


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