Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) Receives Funding to Launch Ready4SMR Program

The OCNI received support to launch its Ready4SMR program from the Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

SMRs are an influential technology that plays a critical role in helping Canada meet and exceed its emissions targets”

— The Honorable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages ​​and ACOA

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA, July 29, 2022 / — The Canadian Nuclear Industries Organization (OCNI) is pleased to announce that it has received support to help launch its Ready4SMR program from the Government of Canada, through the Canada Opportunities Agency Atlantic (ACOA).

ACOA strives to help strengthen regional industrial and technology clusters and regional innovation ecosystems. OCNI is receiving over $786,250 in funding to develop and implement a Ready4SMR program in New Brunswick. The program will be led by OCNI’s Director of Business Development and SMR Supply Chain, Brian Fehrenbach.

“New Brunswick has embarked on a Small Modular Reactor (SMR) deployment program, and our Ready4SMR program will help local businesses transition to the nuclear industry and participate in this program. Our goal is to develop as many local suppliers as possible, from trades to manufacturing, including those that are Indigenous-owned,” said Brian Fehrenbach.

Over two years, Phase 1 of the OCNI Ready4SMR program will identify and help existing businesses in Atlantic Canada transition to nuclear suppliers. It begins by supporting an industry self-assessment led by Opportunities New Brunswick and designed to identify companies interested in exploring the potential of the nuclear industry. The program is supported in Atlantic Canada by current OCNI members, ARC Clean Energy and Moltex Energy, as well as Opportunities New Brunswick, the University of New Brunswick and the North Shore Micmac District Council. OCNI has also partnered with ConnexionWorks in Saint John to have a local address and work/meeting space as needed to build this project. OCNI is currently hiring the resource(s) to support the project with funding from ACOA, who will be based in our new workspace. This team will be led and supported by full-time OCNI staff visiting New Brunswick.

Additionally, Phase 1 of the program will focus on training, education and engagement. Supply Chain and Manufacturing Consultants will assess and help SMEs achieve the standards and official certifications necessary to be part of the future of the nuclear industry in New Brunswick and Canada by implementing development programs. nuclear QA, nuclear management systems and advanced manufacturing.

“SMRs are an influential technology that plays a vital role in helping Canada meet and exceed its emissions targets,” said the Honorable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages ​​and Minister responsible for ACOA. “Investing in this technology creates the potential for environmental and economic benefits as Canada moves toward a low-carbon future.”

“PRM technology offers Saint John the opportunity to play a pivotal role in the generation of safe, emission-free energy right here in New Brunswick,” said Wayne Long, MPP for Saint John–Rothesay. “This project demonstrates our region’s efforts to not only deploy this emerging technology, but also to take advantage of economic opportunities to help grow the local economy.

“Our government has made energy innovation and the entire SMR ecosystem a priority area for New Brunswick,” said Arlene Dunn, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Minister responsible for Immigration, Development Economy and Small Business, and Opportunities New Brunswick. “Together with the OCNI, we will help ensure that our province is able to continue to maximize the environmental and economic benefits this sector presents and seize these clean, sustainable energy opportunities for our communities.

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About the OCNI
The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) is an association of more than 240 Canadian nuclear industry suppliers who employ more than 15,000 highly skilled and skilled engineers, technologists and tradespeople. OCNI companies design reactors, manufacture major equipment and components, and provide engineering and support services to CANDU nuclear power plants in Canada and to CANDU power plants and light water reactors (LWR) in foreign markets.

About ACOA
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) works to create opportunities for economic growth in the region by helping organizations become more competitive, innovative and productive. By working with communities to develop and diversify local economies and championing the strengths of the region, ACOA is helping to build a stronger Atlantic Canada.

Brian Fehrenbach
Director of Business Development, OCNI
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