Is healthcare a priority for you?

Ontario’s nuclear power plants produce 70% of the world’s supply of Cobalt-60, a lifesaving medical isotope that’s used to sterilize medical equipment, keep food safe, fight the spread of disease, and treat cancer.

Do you value clean air?

Every year Ontario nuclear plants help the province avoid 45 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. That’s the equivalent of taking 10 million cars off the road.

Do you care about our economy?

The nuclear industry in Ontario contributes over $5 billion annually to the Canadian economy and supports 50,000 jobs across Ontario. Extending the life of Ontario’s nuclear fleet will also inject billions more into the provincial economy.

Do you want low-cost electricity?

If all your electricity came from Ontario’s nuclear power plants, that portion of your bill would be 30% less expensive.

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Low-cost nuclear power meets 60% of Ontario’s energy needs. It is the backbone of the province’s electricity system, and the reasons are clear:

  • The cost of nuclear power generation in Ontario is significantly lower than the average residential price. It provides families and businesses with a low-cost source of electricity that saves money compared to other energy options.
  • Ontario’s three nuclear facilities – Bruce Power, OPG Darlington and OPG Pickering – create jobs and economic growth in communities across the province.
  • Nuclear power helps Ontario meet its climate change goals by keeping the air clean.
  • Modern health care around the world capitalizes on Ontario’s role as a leading supplier of Cobalt-60.

It’s critical for Ontarians to understand the details about energy pricing and the positive role nuclear energy plays. Learn more about Ontario’s Nuclear Advantage.


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Here’s what people are saying about Ontario’s Nuclear Advantage

  • “Investing in nuclear refurbishment at the Darlington and Bruce Power facilities will provide a welcome boost to Ontario’s economy and support affordable and reliable baseload energy.”

    —Ontario Chamber of Commerce

  • “Nuclear power, which generates zero greenhouse gas emissions and plays a key role in making Ontario one of the lowest GHG-emitting electricity jurisdictions in the world, should continue to be explored as a cost-effective energy option.”

    —Ontario Chamber of Commerce

  • “Through the life-extension investments at Darlington and Bruce Power, as well as operating the Pickering station until 2024, the region will continue to benefit from low-cost, clean and reliable power, while supporting economic growth and job creation over the coming decades.”

    —Council of the Great Lakes Region

  • “Between 2017 and 2064, clean nuclear, when compared to alternatives, will avoid between $12 billion and $63 billion in carbon costs that ratepayers would have to fund if this output was replaced by fossil fuels.”

    —Council of the Great Lakes Region

  • “The Bruce Power and OPG life-extension programs are important to ensure a cost-competitive supply of electricity and represent billions of dollars of supply chain opportunities for Ontario manufacturers.”

    —Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Investments in nuclear energy ensure that the cost of power generation in Ontario remains steady for decades.

The nuclear industry in Ontario contributes over $5 billion annually to the national economy and supports 50,000 Ontario jobs

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Cobalt-60 is a medical isotope used to sterilize medical equipment such as gowns, gloves, masks, implantable devices and syringes in hospitals around the world.

Cobalt-60 is used to treat certain cancers in an estimated 35 million patients worldwide every year.

Cobalt-60 is used to treat food against microorganisms such as E. coli and salmonella and also to combat the Zika virus.

Bruce Power and OPG currently work with Ottawa-based Nordion to supply 70 percent of the world’s Cobalt-60.

Medical isotopes:
Medical isotopes are used to both diagnose and treat various diseases.

Diagnosis: Radioisotopes injected into the patient collect in important tissues, such as organs or a tumor, and emit radiation which is picked up by a detector outside the body to help produce a diagnosis.

Treatment: Radioisotopes injected into the patient collect in the tumor and emit radiation, destroying the cancerous cells, and allowing the healthy tissue to heal.

Commonly used medical isotopes:
Cobalt-60: Treatment of cancers, delivered from outside the body
Fluorine-18: Diagnosis of cancers in PET scans when incorporated as fludesoxyglucose (FDG)
Iodine-131: Diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disorders and cancers
Technetium-99m: Diagnosis of heart and bone disorders, brain tumors and other cancers.

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