November 29, 2023
Bruce Power is pleased to announce the opening of the Bruce C Project Office and Community Hub in Saugeen Shores.
This space will serve as one of several centres to be established for community engagement events as Bruce Power commences early dialogue and explores the potential expansion of nuclear capacity at the Bruce site.
On November 15, representatives from Bruce Power were joined by Saugeen Shores Mayor Luke Charbonneau, members of municipal council and local and regional community leaders to officially open the office at 5102 Goderich Street in Port Elgin. A project office and community hub will also be located at the Kincardine Training Centre in the near future.
“Bruce Power owes much of its success to the support from our surrounding communities,” said James Scongack, Executive Vice-President and Chief Development Officer. “Bruce Power is dedicated to building and fostering relationships and engaging early in this development process with Indigenous Peoples, local communities and the public while demonstrating its commitment to openness and transparency. We believe early engagement before future decisions are made is a lesson learned for large infrastructure projects and that’s what our engagement is all about.”
Charbonneau was pleased that the new office will offer residents a chance to learn more about the project.
“We are delighted that Bruce Power is opening the door to public engagement on Bruce C,” Charbonneau said. “As the community that is home to the majority of Bruce Power employees and contractors, we are excited by the potential for new-build nuclear at the Bruce site. The municipality and its citizens look forward to working with Bruce Power in support of this transformative clean energy project.”
To support Ontario’s long-term energy needs and climate change goals, Bruce Power is evaluating the feasibility of expanding its nuclear fleet to create an option to help grow Ontario’s nuclear capacity in the future. This project, which is referred to as Bruce C, will conduct an Impact Assessment (IA) to consider the option of adding up to 4,800 MW of nuclear capacity to complement the existing Bruce A and Bruce B generating facilities which provide clean, reliable nuclear energy for 30 per cent of the province’s current electricity needs, and supply cancer-fighting medical isotopes across the globe.
Bruce Power will keep people informed and engaged throughout the IA process, and will provide regular updates about the proposed project through its website, news releases, newsletters, social media and videos. Additionally, Community Information Sessions are scheduled at the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre on Nov. 19 and Dec. 10 from 1-4 p.m.
Bruce Power has also released an information booklet with details on the Bruce C Project, entitled Bruce C Project: Planning for the Next Generation. Printed copies will be available at Community Information Sessions and the Bruce Power Visitors Centre.
Although no decision has been made to advance with a project, the Bruce C IA will be used as an early engagement and planning tool for potential nuclear expansion and is the first step in a multi-year process. The IA will use a technology neutral approach, which involves the consideration of multiple nuclear technologies to provide options to the province in long-term electricity system planning.
The company is advancing this process with a strong focus on engagement with the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON), which is comprised of Saugeen First Nation and Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, the Historic Saugeen Métis (HSM), the Métis Nation of Ontario (Region 7), local municipalities and the broader public.