Radioactive waste is stored in a centralised facility and at reactor sites.
A geological repository for low- and intermediate-level waste is planned at Kincardine. The licensing procedure for this facility began in 2005 and operation could start in 2020. Legacy wastes from radium and uranium processing will be disposed of in a near-surface facility at Port Hope. The CNSC (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission) granted the licence for this facility in 2009 and the implementation phase began in 2012.
The long-term plan for high-level waste is to construct a geological repository. The site selection process began in 2010.
A rock laboratory was operated at Lac du Bonnet between 1990 and 2001.