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Participant Funding Program decision – Global First Power's draft environmental impact statement for the Micro Modular Reactor project

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced on May 9, 2022, that it was offering up to $250,000 under its Participant Funding Program (PFP) to assist Indigenous Nations and communities, members of the public and stakeholders in reviewing Global First Power’s draft environmental impact statement for the Micro Modular Reactor project.


The CNSC made participant funding available:

  • for the provision of new, distinctive and valuable information to the Commission through informed and topic-specific interventions
  • to assist interested parties to review GFP’s draft EIS and related documentation for the MMR Project

A funding review committee (FRC), independent of the CNSC, was established to review the funding applications received by the CNSC’s PFP administrator and to make recommendations on allocating up to $250,000 to eligible applicants. The FRC was given the flexibility to recommend funding beyond $250,000 based on the value-added nature of the funding applications received.

The FRC members were:

  • Yves Leboeuf, retired vice-president of operations, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
  • Kurt Saunders, retired director, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
  • James Taylor, retired Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada senior advisor

On September 28, 2022, the FRC met to review the 14 PFP applications received, requesting a total of $583,702.50.

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 $434,859.50 to the following recipients:

Applicant Maximum amount of available funding
Curve Lake First Nation $18,700
Kebaowek First Nation $90,000
Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg $68,860
Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation $90,011.50
Concerned Citizens of Renfrew County $5,000
Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation $9,900
Ottawa Riverkeeper $25,500
Nuclear Transparency Project $4,000
Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility $13,600
Algonquins of Ontario $65,456
Northwatch $22,000
Metis Nation of Ontario $20,332
David Winfield $1,500
Total $434,859.50

Additional information:
Participant Funding Program Administrator, CNSC

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