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Participant Funding Program decision – Ontario Power Generation’s application for authorization to operate Pickering Nuclear Generating Station Units 5 to 8 until 2026

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced on August 8, 2023, that it was offering a total of $100,000 under its Participant Funding Program (PFP). This funding was to assist Indigenous Nations and communities, members of the public and interested parties in participating in the public hearing on the application from Ontario Power Generation (OPG) for authorization to operate Pickering Nuclear Generating Station Units 5 to 8 until 2026.


The CNSC made participant funding available:

  • for the provision of new, distinctive and valuable information to the CNSC through informed and topic-specific interventions
  • to assist interested parties in reviewing the licence application and in participating in the Commission’s public hearing on OPG’s application

A funding review committee (FRC) was established to review the funding applications received by the CNSC’s PFP administrator and to make recommendations on the allocation of funding to eligible applicants.

On October 30, 2023, the FRC met to review 8 PFP applications received by the CNSC, requesting a total of $152,869.03.

Eligibility and funding criteria

For more information on participant funding and how it works, including details on eligibility and funding criteria, please read the PFP guide.

CNSC participant funding decision

The CNSC carefully considered the FRC’s recommendations on the allocation of participant funding and approved the reimbursement of up to $92,161.48 to the following recipients:

Applicant Maximum amount of available funding
Métis Nation of Ontario $13,200
Paul Sedran $1,500
Canadian Association of Nuclear Host Communities $15,000
Canadian Environmental Law Association $15,000
Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation $18,233.93
Curve Lake First Nation $5,610
Hiawatha First Nation $13,860
Northwatch $9,757.55
Total $92,161.48*

*In addition, the CNSC awarded funding to Canadians for Nuclear Energy  so that it could meet with CNSC staff to discuss OPG’s application and participate in the Commission hearing.

Additional information

Participant Funding Program Administrator, CNSC


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