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    Nuclear energy: One of Canada's largest source of electricity


    Author: Siobhan McClelland, Canadian Geographic

    Publish Date: Oct 4, 2013   Last Update: Sep 20, 2018


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    Four nuclear power plants in Ontario and New Brunswick house 22 nuclear reactors (17 are operational).

    These include North America’s largest nuclear power station, Bruce Power, by Lake Huron, 250 kilometres northwest of Toronto.

    Canada is also a major source of uranium, used to produce nuclear power, and supplies more than 20 per cent of the word’s demand.

    Canada is the seventh largest producer in the world of electricity using nuclear power. In 2012, Canada generated 96.4 billion kilowatt-hours of nuclear-sourced electricity.

    Canada is also a major source of uranium, used to produce nuclear power, and accounts for more than 20 per cent of the word’s demand. Uranium is currently taken from four mines in northern Saskatchewan and exported to the United States, Japan and western Europe.

    Canada is a leader in nuclear research and technology and has produced 47 Canadian-designed CANDU nuclear reactors, 60 per cent of which are operating outside Canada.


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