If you live in South Bruce, we want to hear from you.
The Municipality of South Bruce and the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) are carrying out a second community survey and want to hear your thoughts. The goal is to better understand how to improve the way the organization and municipality communicates and engages with the public.
The surveys will appear in mailboxes this week and will give residents the opportunity to share how they want to receive information and be involved moving forward. The survey focuses on environmental, technical and socio-economic studies that will be initiated in early 2021 in South Bruce.
The questions in the survey were prepared with input from both the NWMO and the Municipality of South Bruce and will help us better understand current community awareness and interest in Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term management of used nuclear fuel.
“Talking to people and hearing what they think – their priorities and values, questions and concerns – is a fundamental part of implementing Canada’s plan. Community surveys are one of the many ways we hear from residents,” said Dr. Ben Belfadhel, Vice President of Site Selection. “Our goal is to understand awareness of the project, and the topics people are interested in learning more about through community studies in 2021.”
“Our residents can let us know how they want to receive information and be involved moving forward by completing this survey. This is important to us as a Municipality as we continue in this process with our community and learn more through the studies that will take place,” said Mayor Robert Buckle. “I encourage all in South Bruce to participate.”
All households in South Bruce will receive a mailed copy of the short survey, however it can also be completed online or over the phone anytime between January 18th and February 26th. If more than one individual in a household would like to complete the survey, additional copies will be made available by contacting the the NWMO Learn More Centre in Teeswater at 519-392-6966.
The survey is being conducted by CCI Research, an independent Canadian research firm. They will provide the results of the survey and report to Council and the Community Liaison Committee in South Bruce later in 2021.
South Bruce is one of two areas currently involved in the NWMO’s site selection process for a deep geological repository for Canada’s used nuclear fuel. The other is an area west of the Township of Ignace, in Northwestern Ontario.
The NWMO is tasked with implementing Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term storage of used nuclear fuel in a manner that protects people and the environment for generations to come in an area with informed and willing hosts.