Nuclear reactors in Canada

Greenpeace fights nuclear power because it poses a serious threat to the environment and humanity. The expansion of nuclear power must be halted and nuclear plants shut down so that we can develop a clean energy future. That's why we are working to stop Darlington in Ontario and protect electricity consumers from a new round of nuclear debt.

The current provincial government wants to spend $36 billions to rebuild aging reactors and build new one at the Darlington nuclear station. Ontario can't afford to spend billions on nuclear power and not foster renewabile energy, which is our hope for long term growth. That’s why we say Don’t nuke green energy. This is the wrong path for Canada.

Every dollar governments and the nuclear industry spend repairing old reactors and building new ones reduces our chance to build Canada's future on sustainable energy.

How Greenpeace fights nuclear energy

  • Challenging industry claims: We produce material that shows the true costs and the threats of nuclear electricity, which the industry wants to hide.
  • Pressuring politicians: Through actions and interventions at hearings, we take on politicians and regulators to force them to tell the public the truth about nuclear costs and risks.
  • Informing the public: We reach out to Canadians through actions, activities and news events in an effort to inform them of the costs and threats of nuclear energy and of the real solutions to the climate crisis.

Greenpeace's "Don't Nuke Green Energy" campaign is working for energy systems that fight climate change and improve our economy. We want an Energy [R]evolution with clean, renewable energy — wind, water, solar and local generation — that will transform our economy for the better.

Our campaign exposes the subsidies and sweetheart deals for the nuclear industry that undermine the growth of green energy.

Learn more about the campaign to stop nuclear and get involved.

The latest updates


Durham region uninsured in the event of a nuclear accident, could lose billions

Feature story | September 14, 2011 at 17:31

Durham — A new Greenpeace report shows a nuclear accident at either the Pickering or Darlington nuclear stations would cost billions of dollars and would far exceed the levels of compensation available to residents of Durham region.

Greenpeace calls NDP’s conservation-first energy policy a model for other parties

Blog entry by Brian Blomme | August 3, 2011 1 comment

The Ontario NDP has announced that it would pause the Ontario government’s multi-billion dollar plans to expand nuclear energy and instead invest savings in household retrofits that would reduce electricity consumption. In an...

How Much Will Tim Hudak’s “Nuclear Tax” Cost You?

Blog entry by Shawn-Patrick Stensil, Nuclear Analyst | July 21, 2011 1 comment

Tim Hudak has promised to introduce a sneaky new nuclear tax to cover the cost overruns from building Ontario’s first generation of reactors, but today’s news of more massive cost over-runs at nuclear projects in Europe should serve as...

No surprise; Finnish nuke reactor delayed, again

Blog entry by Brian Blomme | July 21, 2011

Helsinki — The latest report from Finland is that construction of its first ever EPR nuclear reactor is again delayed; no surprise there. Areva, a French nuclear company is building the Finnish EPR (European Pressurized Reactor).

Global shift away from nuclear raises stakes in Ontario election

Blog entry by Robin Nieto | July 20, 2011 1 comment

As Canadians watched the incoming images of the tsunami’s destruction on television, no one knew the devastation in Japan would lead to the world’s worst ongoing nuclear crisis. It was said the earthquake that created the tsunami...

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