Canada - Pickering, Bruce, Darlington, Gentilly and Point Lepreau

Canadian commercial reactors are located in the eastern provinces of New Brunswick, Ontario, and Quebec. The partial map of Canada below illustrates the location of all reactors in Canada, including those research and prototype reactors that were historically significant in the development of the CANDU design.

Courtesy Canadian Nuclear Society

On the map, circles represent research reactors, triangles represent commercial facilities. Please refer to CNS' site map for more detail.

Research 1-Univ Alberta, Edmonton (S), 2-Saskatchewan Research Council, Saskatoon (S), 3-AECL Whiteshell (WR-1, S Demo), 4-McMaster Univ, Hamilton (P), 5-Univ. Toronto (S), 6-Royal Military College, Kingston (S), 7-AECL Chalk River Laboratories (NRU, NRX, PTR, ZED-2, ZEEP), 8-Nordion, Kanata (S), 9-Ecole Polytechnique, Montreal (S), 10-Dalhousie Univ., Halifax (S). S=Slowpoke II (20 kw); P=Swimming Pool (5 MW). AECL's Whiteshell reactors and Chalk River NRX and ZEEP reactors are shutdown.

Commercial 1-Bruce and Douglas Point, 2-Pickering, 3-Darlington, 4-Gentilly, 5-Point Lepreau, 6-NPD. Douglas Point, Gentilly 1, and NPD have been decommissioned; Bruce A2 is mothballed.

Canada has focused on the CANDU (Canadian Deuterium-Uranium) design, which uses heavy water as the moderator and coolant and natural uranium as the fuel. Canadian companies operating the reactors are - Ontario Power Generation (Nuclear division), Bruce Power, and Quebec Hydro - and the New Brunswick Power Commission operate the commercial facilities. Dr. Jeremy Whitlock's The Canadian Nuclear FAQ answers numerous questions on the CANDU design and history.

Canadian nuclear reactors are regulated by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), the successor to the former Atomic Energy Control Board (AECB)

  • 8 units - 540 MWe each

Courtesy AECL

Bruce Nuclear Power Development
  • Heavy Water Production Facility
  • Bruce A - 3 units - 904 MWe each (1, 3, 4)
  • Each A unit produces 825 MWe + 79 MWe steam
  • Steam is used by heavy water production plant
  • Steam is also used by local businesses setup nearby
  • Bruce A (2) - currently mothballed
  • Bruce B - 4 units - 915 MWe each
Courtesy Nicol Insurance & Financial Services Inc.
Bruce Nuclear Power Development
  • Heavy Water Production Facility
  • Bruce A - 4 units
  • Bruce B - 4 units
Courtesy Canadian ITER Siting Task Group
Darlington Nuclear Power Station
  • 4 units operating - 935 MWe each
Courtesy Canadian ITER Siting Task Group

CANTEACH is a non-commercial project dedicated to collecting educational and training materials related to CANDU technology. The project is administered by CANDU Owners Group (COG). Materials are posted on CANTEACH public web site and can be used by anyone to prepare their own presentations / course notes. Canadian utilities and Universities all donate their materials to the site.

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