Is Canada betting big on small nuclear reactors? Here’s what you need to know

The federal government could be preparing to bet big on small modular nuclear reactors, or SMRs. There have been rumblings about the technology for years, but the SMR Action Plan, due to be released this month, is expected to lay out Ottawa’s role in advancing the technology. 

The governments of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick have already thrown their support behind SMRs, signing a memorandum of understanding this summer. 

“This safe, emerging technology has the potential to provide needed power to remote communities, to lower emissions and further to diversify Alberta’s energy sector,” Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said in an August speech announcing the agreement.

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