About 15% of Canada’s electricity comes from nuclear power, with 17 reactors in three provinces providing over 12 GWe of power capacity.
Canada plans to expand its nuclear capacity over the next decade by building two more new reactors.
For many years Canada has been a leader in nuclear research and technology, exporting reactor systems developed in Canada as well as a high proportion of the world supply of radioisotopes used in medical diagnosis and cancer therapy.
Canada generated 603 billion kWh in 2009, of which about 15% was from nuclear generation, compared with 60% from hydro, 15% from coal and 6% from gas. Annual electricity use is about 14,000 kWh per person, one of the highest levels in the world.
According to a study by the Canadian Energy Research Institute,1 in 2005 Canada’s 18 nuclear reactors sold energy worth almost C$5billion, contributed C$6.3 billion to GDP, and created C$1.4 billion in government revenue. The nuclear power industry employed, directly and indirectly, over 66,000 people.
About C$13.26 billion (in 2005 dollars) was invested by the government in Canada’s nuclear program over 1952-2006 through AECL. This investment has generated more than C$160 billion in GDP benefits to Canada from power production, research and development, Candu exports, uranium, medical radioisotopes and professional services, according to AECL.
MPP Liberal for Scarborough Centre since May 2003
Dalton McGuinty MPP Liberal Premier of Ontario since 2003
Ed Stelmach MPP Conservative Premier of Alberta since December 14, 2006
Christian Paradis Minister of Natural resources since January 19, 2010
Hugh MacDiarmid President and CEO of AECL since January 2008
Duncan Hawthorne President and CEO and founder of Bruce Power in 2001
Tom Mitchell President and CEO or Ontario Power Generation since July 1, 2009
Patrick Daniel President and CEO of Enbridge Inc who are in the crude oil and liquids pipelines, natural gas transportation and distribution, and green energy owners of Sarnia Photovoltaic Power Plant (largest in the world)
Steve Snyder President and CEO of TransAlta
Richard L. George President and CEO of Suncor Energy
Dr. Darryl Jessie President and CEO of Raum Energy