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DGR community engagement

Explore the ways Ontario Power Generation gathered input from local communities and the public for its now-closed Deep Geologic Repository project.

Engaging with Ontarians

Through an 11-year regulatory process, OPG consulted with communities, experts and related parties, such as Bruce County community members, Indigenous communities, environmental groups, and others.

On this project, OPG has maintained transparency by sharing information with the public through:

  • Newsletters and other publications
  • Open houses
  • Tours of the Western Waste Management Facility
  • Website updates
  • Speaking engagements
  • Public events with the DGR mobile exhibit
  • Briefings with key stakeholders including municipal, provincial and federal political representatives and media

Community engagement

Community engagement

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Beginning in 2003, OPG engaged Indigenous communities on a variety of DGR and waste related issues including employment and business opportunities.

A protocol agreement, signed between Saugeen Ojibway Nations (SON) and OPG provided a framework for SON’s participation in the regulatory approval process.

OPG is committed to addressing past legacy issues and would not proceed with the DGR project without securing SON community support.

Information sharing and discussions about long-term solutions are also ongoing with the Historic Saugeen Métis and the Métis Nation of Ontario.

To facilitate their engagement and continued involvement in our operations, OPG has signed participation agreements and memorandums of understanding with both.

From the outset, the DGR project was developed in partnership with Kincardine and surrounding Bruce County municipalities.

To maintain and strengthen community partnerships, the Corporate Citizenship Program provided support to community initiatives in Bruce County areas and to Indigenous communities that focus on the following areas: Environment, Education and Community.

Indigenous engagement