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CNSC Participant Funding Program decision – Meeting with Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation regarding Canadian Nuclear Laboratories' proposed Near Surface Disposal Facility and Nuclear Power Demonstration Closure Project

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) offered funding under its Participant Funding Program (PFP) to facilitate a meeting on May 30, 2019 between Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation (AOPFN) and CNSC staff in order to discuss Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ proposed near surface disposal facility and Nuclear Power Demonstration Closure Project.

The information gathered from the meeting will be included in the relevant Commission member document in order to bring any value-added information directly to the Commission.


PFP support for CNSC meetings on matters of regulatory interest was made available by the CNSC to:

  • enhance Indigenous and stakeholder participation in the CNSC’s environmental assessment and licensing processes
  • help Indigenous peoples, the public and stakeholders bring valuable information to the Commission

A funding review committee (FRC), independent from the CNSC, was established to review the funding application received by the CNSC’s PFP administrator and to make recommendations on the allocation of funding to the applicant.

The FRC member was Bruce Young, retired Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency director.     

 The CNSC received one PFP application requesting $1,596, and this was reviewed by the FRC.

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 recommendation on the allocation of participant funding for AOPFN to meet with CNSC staff and approved the reimbursement of up to $1,596.

Applicant Maximum amount of available funding
Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation $1,596
Total $1,596

Additional information:

Adam Zenobi
Participant Funding Program Administrator, CNSC
Tel.: 613-992-8469

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