Made-in-Canada CANDU technology is Ontario's best choice for new base
TORONTO, April 19 /CNW/ - The Organization of CANDU Industries (OCI)
today welcomed Ontario Conservative Leader John Tory's strong support for
nuclear power as the best choice for new base load generation for Ontario.
Mr. Tory's support reflects a growing consensus among political leaders and
the public that Ontario needs new nuclear to maintain a reliable electricity
"Ontario currently relies on nuclear power for more than 50% of its
electricity," says Martyn Wash, President of OCI. "A consensus is building
that we need to maintain the role of nuclear while increasing use of
renewables, reducing reliance on polluting forms of generation, and enhancing
conservation. A recent Ipsos Reid poll shows support for nuclear in Ontario
has increased 15 per cent in the last two years to 63 per cent. Last night,
Mr. Tory joined that consensus."
Mr.Wash stressed the importance of buying Canadian to meet the need for
new nuclear. "The CANDU technology, which is made and headquartered right here
in Ontario, is a world leader," he said. "We have a golden opportunity to use
a home-based technology to keep the lights on and reduce greenhouse gasses,
not only here at home but in export markets around the world. That's why our
Government has stated a preference for Canadian technology, and I'm sure
Mr. Tory will express his preference to buy Canadian as well."
"The 86 member companies of OCI stand ready to deliver new CANDU
generating stations so Ontarians can continue to enjoy the benefits of clean,
safe, reliable and affordable CANDU nuclear technology," said Mr. Wash.
Nuclear energy in Canada is a $5 billion/year industry, providing employment
for more than 30,000 highly trained people in more than 150 companies.
Canada's nuclear industry creates another 70,000 jobs in associated supplies
and services and generates more than $700 million each year in federal income
and sales taxes.
"The economic benefits to Ontario for building new made-in-Canada CANDU
stations will be tremendous, and will help keep our industry vibrant, growing
and ready to deliver equipment and services anywhere around the globe," said
The Organization of CANDU Industries (OCI) represents 86 Canadian
companies supplying goods & services for CANDU reactors in domestic & export
markets. OCI companies provide engineering services & manufactured components
for the CANDU industry and although it functions separately from design
authorities & utilities, OCI members participates in design, manufacture,
construction & commissioning of CANDU plants.
For further information:
For further information: Martyn R Wash, President, Organization of CANDU
Industries, (905) 269-0852, www.oci-aic.org