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Participant Funding Program decision – Canadian Nuclear Laboratories' Port Hope Project licence renewal and amendment application

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced on March 7, 2022, that it was offering a total of $75,000 under its Participant Funding Program (PFP) to assist members of the public, Indigenous Nations and communities, and stakeholders in participating in the Commission hearing for the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) Port Hope Project licence renewal and amendment application.


The CNSC made PFP support available:

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

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 $75,000 to eligible applicants.

The FRC members were:

  • Steve Burgess, retired director with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
  • James Taylor, retired senior advisor with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

On May 27, 2022, the FRC met to review the 4 PFP applications received, requesting a total of $48,920.

Eligibility and funding criteria

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

CNSC participant funding decision

The CNSC carefully considered the FRC’s recommendations on the allocation of participant funding for CNL’s licence renewal and amendment application and approved the reimbursement of up to $36,320 for the following recipients.

Applicant Maximum amount of available funding
Curve Lake First Nation $12,980
Anna Tilman $1,500
Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation $17,000
Port Hope Community Health Concerns Committee $4,840
Total $36,320

Additional information:

Marina Martin
Participant Funding Program Administrator, CNSC
Tel.: 613-415-2814

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