Get the facts! It’s critical for Ontarians to understand the details about energy pricing and the positive role nuclear energy plays.

Ontario has made nuclear electricity a key element in its Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) because it provides many benefits. Low-cost electricity, clean air and local jobs are just some of them.

The long-term investment programs underway across Ontario’s nuclear fleet – including OPG Pickering, OPG Darlington and Bruce Power – will secure this low-cost source of electricity over the long term, while meeting our needs today. Nuclear generation in Ontario is currently paid 6.6 cents per kilowatt/hour (kw/h) compared to the average residential price of 11 cents per kw/h.

Ontarians will also benefit from avoided costs of cap and trade by using clean nuclear. In fact, between 2017 and 2064, carbon-free nuclear from Bruce Power and OPG, when compared to alternatives, will avoid between $18 billion and $95 billion in carbon costs that ratepayers would have to fund if this output was replaced by fossil fuels.

There is a myth that, due to the capital investments required in nuclear power, the consequence is a high price of electricity, which simply isn’t true, because nuclear facilities operate for decades and generate large volumes of electricity on a consistent basis. Ontario’s nuclear facilities have a demonstrated track record of high reliability.

  • Bruce Power will be investing $13 billion into its Life-Extension Program, allowing its units to operate through 2064. The Bruce Power site is home to eight CANDU reactors.
  • OPG will be refurbishing its units at Darlington between 2016 and 2026 at a cost of $12.8 billion, allowing them to run through the late-2050s. The Darlington facility is home to four CANDU reactors.

The cost paid to nuclear covers everything including the operation of the facility, investments and long-term liabilities, including waste and the eventual decommissioning at its end of life.


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


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