Over two days, members of the community had an opportunity to see and hear more about the refurbishment, including the economic and employment benefits that come with it.
The Minister, local MPP and Deputy Minister of Energy Stephen Rhodes not only visited the Open House event but also toured Darlington Nuclear GS, even going inside the Unit 2 reactor vault where refurbishment work is currently taking place.
“Our government supports nuclear as a source of low-cost energy with nearly zero greenhouse gas emissions,” remarked Minister Rickford. “It was a great opportunity to visit Darlington Station and meet the staff who keep our lights on. Darlington and the nuclear sector support and create thousands of jobs in every corner of our province.”
Also taking part in the Saturday Open House were approximately 2,800 guests and volunteers. Participants were able to take a virtual reality tour of a nuclear facility; explore some of the technological innovations being made by the more than 60 Ontario companies involved in this massive project; meet the highly skilled professionals tasked with doing the work; learn about the innovative methods of training being used; and take a bus tour around the station.
Student Day, which was held on the Friday and included Indigenous Opportunities in Nuclear, involved a tour of the Darlington Refurbishment Mock-up and Training Centre, where young people were able to engage in "Trade Talks" with some of the highly skilled workers who are refurbishing Darlington's nuclear reactors. Approximately 400 students and volunteers took part.
Kayna Henderson, a Grade 10 student at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School in Pickering, said the day left her “definitely” contemplating a career in the skilled trades.
“I learned that these careers offer great opportunities for future jobs,” she said.
The annual events help inform residents about the continued safe operations of Darlington and the refurbishment efforts that will ensure 30 more years of safe, reliable, and affordable power.
“We know this project is of interest to the community — it's a massive investment in Ontario's future,” said Dietmar Reiner, Senior Vice President, Nuclear Projects with OPG. “And we are very proud to showcase the work we and our project partners are doing to ensure this world-class facility continues to produce power for the next several decades. Thanks to all involved — our project partners, OPG staff and the thousands of community members who took the opportunity to get an inside look at and meet the team involved in our project.”