OPG’s newly introduced Indigenous Opportunities in Nuclear (ION) program is one of the initiatives aimed at filling the gap in skilled trades. Working with Kagita Mikam Aboriginal Training and Employment, ION seeks to recruit qualified workers from Indigenous communities and set them on exciting projects, such as the Darlington Refurbishment, while providing them with transferable skills.
“The program’s goal is to place ION recruits in career-building jobs at OPG, our vendor organizations or in union halls,” said Kenn Ross, OPG Indigenous Relations Advisor.
By fulfilling its mandate, ION will help increase the number of nuclear jobs held by Indigenous peoples to 2.4 per cent, up from 1.4 per cent currently.
Unit 2 refurbishment on track
OPG is now past the half-way mark on refurbishment of Darlington’s Unit 2. Having completed reactor disassembly, the project team is now rebuilding the unit part by part, including calandria tubes, fuel channels and feeder tubes. The reassembly phase is set to be completed by summer 2019.