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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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It is very early in the proposed project and there are numerous steps required in the process.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect health, safety, security and the environment.  To operate the subcritical assembly, Ontario Tech would require a Class 1A Nuclear Facility licence from the CNSC. 


Their process to review and consider a licence application is very comprehensive. As an overview, it involves: 

  • Pre-licensing activities: informing CNSC of intent, early engagement, design planning (Current Stage of Project)
  • Submission of a detailed licence application by Ontario Tech
  • Comprehensive technical and environmental review of the application by the CNSC’s expert staff
  • Public hearing conducted by the CNSC Commission members to consider the application
  • Decision by the Commission members on whether to grant the license
The CNSC Licensing Process Tree

More information about CNSC-led engagement activities may be expected following submission of the license application.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission encourages Indigenous and public participation as part of their licensing process, including at the public hearing.  Visit the CNSC website for more information about their comprehensive licensing process including opportunities for Indigenous and public representatives to get involved. 

Source:  Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission REGDOC-3.5.1: Licensing Process  for Class I Nuclear Facilities and Uranium Mines and Mills