Bruce A and B Nuclear Generating Stations

The timeline displays activity dates for the Bruce Power licence renewal.
June 2017, Bruce Power submits licence renewal application. 
July 2017 The application is reviewed by CNSC staff.
September 1, 2017 There is a notice of public hearing and Participant Funding Program.
September 12, 2017, October 5, 2017, November 2, 2017 Bruce Power hosts three open houses.
November 6, 2017 Deadline to apply for the Participant Funding Program.
January 31, 2018 (Kincardine, ON), February 1, 2018 (Port Elgin, ON) The CNSC hosts CNSC 101. 
February 2018 CNSC staff Commission member document and presentation available for public view.
March 14, 2018 (Ottawa, ON) Licence renewal hearing, prt 1. 
April 16, 2018 Deadline for public intervention.
May 30-31, 2018 (Kincardine, ON) Pickering licence renewal hearing, part 2. 
To be confirmed, decision announcement.

Notice of public hearing and participant funding

The CNSC will hold a two-part public hearing to consider an application from Bruce Power to renew its nuclear power reactor operating licence for the Bruce Nuclear Generating Stations (NGS) A and B for a period of 10 years. With this application, Bruce Power has requested authorization to update the Bruce NGS licensing basis in 2018 to include life extension projects and future major component replacement work, which are outlined in the Integrated Implementation Plan.

Members of the public, Indigenous groups and other stakeholders who have an interest or expertise in this matter or information that may be useful to the Commission in coming to a decision are invited to comment on Bruce Power’s application. Through its Participant Funding Program, the CNSC is offering a total of $100,000 in funding to assist in reviewing Bruce Power’s application and associated documents and providing topic-specific interventions to the Commission.

Important dates:

Bruce Power is licensed to operate the Bruce A and Bruce B Nuclear Generating Stations, located in the municipality of Kincardine on the eastern shore of Lake Huron, Ontario. Bruce Power also operates a nuclear waste management facility onsite. The CNSC has full-time staff at the stations who perform inspections to evaluate operations and to verify compliance with regulatory requirements and licence conditions.

Plant Information

Aerial view of the Bruce A Nuclear Generating Station

Location: Kincardine, Ontario
Operator: Bruce Power
Reactor Type: CANDU (CANada Deuterium Uranium)
Vendor: Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
Number of units: 8 reactors
Installed capacity: 6,232 MW (Bruce A & B combined)
Status: All units operating
Licenses issued: June 1, 2015
Licenses expire: May 31, 2020
Start of commercial operation: Between 1977-1979 for Bruce A and 1984-1987 for Bruce B
Refurbished units: Bruce A units 1 and 2
Special containment feature: Common vacuum building maintained at negative atmospheric pressure
Licensing Documentation: Request a copy of the Bruce A and Bruce B licences and licence condition handbooks by email

Latest CNSC facility-specific announcements

Latest Licensee Public Disclosures

As part of CNSC's regulatory requirements, major licensees must have robust public information and disclosure programs in place. These programs, for nuclear power plants, include a disclosure protocol developed in consultation with community stakeholders. You may visit Bruce Power's Web site for all updates triggered by the protocol's disclosure criteria.

Regulatory Reporting and Documents

CNSC inspectors inside the Bruce Nuclear Generation Station

Other Key Topics

Adjacent Nuclear Facilities and Project

Ontario Power Generation Deep Geologic Repository

The site preparation, construction and operation of a Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) is proposed for the disposal of low- and intermediate-level radioactive wastes on the Bruce Site in Tiverton. The DGR will also hold waste produced from the continued operation of the Bruce, Pickering and Darlington nuclear generating stations.

Find out more about the status of this project.

Western Waste Management Facility

The Western Waste Management Facility is owned and operated by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and stores low level radioactive wastes from the Bruce A and B reactors as well as from the Pickering and Darlington nuclear generating stations. The Western Waste Management Facility also houses used fuel from Bruce A and B along with refurbishment waste from Bruce A.

Douglas Point Waste Management Facility

The Douglas Point Waste Management Facility (DPWMF) is located at the site of the former Douglas Point Nuclear Generating Station (DPNGS) situated on the Bruce nuclear site. Decommissioning of this prototype reactor began in 1986, and the transfer of spent fuel from wet storage in the reactor pool to a dedicated dry storage facility was completed by 1987. The DPWMF is presently in the storage-with-surveillance phase of a deferred decommissioning program and is closed to the receipt of new wastes.

Bruce Heavy Water Plant

The Bruce Heavy Water Plant (BHWP) was a Class 1B nuclear facility contained within the boundaries of the Bruce nuclear site located in Tiverton, Ontario. It began producing heavy water in 1973 and continued until the last production facilities were shut down in 1998. The demolition of the BHWP was completed in 2006. All contaminated soil has been remediated, and the project is in the end-state of environmental monitoring.