September 2022 Report on Petitions

Ongoing Petition Opposing a Deep Geological Repository in Northwestern Ontario

NEWS FLASH (with lightning image): 13,505 signatires collected on petition opposing nuclear waste burial in Northwestern Ontario

An ongoing petition, launched in 2019 by We the Nuclear Free North ally Environment North on both Change.org and in paper format, expresses opposition with this paragraph:

“We, the undersigned, do not support the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s nine-step selection process for a nuclear waste disposal site, and we strongly oppose having a Deep Geological Repository for high-level nuclear waste in Northwestern Ontario.”

As of Sept. 12, 2022, this ongoing petition (online + paper format) has gathered 13,505 signatures: 4,140 from outside Canada; 9,365 from within Canada.

Of those within Canada, these signatures were gathered from specific communities in Northwestern Ontario:
Thunder Bay 1,318
Dryden 1,389
Kenora 89
Village of Wabigoon 34
Ignace 32
Dinorwic 32
Eagle River 28
Eagle Lake First Nation 26
Vermilion Bay 24
Wabigoon Lake First Nation 15
Oxdrift 15
Dyment 10

New Ontario Petition

A new petition which will be presented at the Ontario Legislature in November 2022 was launched in late August. It asks that Ontario adopt the Proximity Principle with respect to the management of radioactive wastes, and to direct Ontario Power Generation to further its development of robust extended storage systems at or near the point of generation.

The Proximity Principle, embodied in much European legislation, dictates that wastes be managed close to their points of production. If adopted, the Proximity Principle would dictate that nuclear waste in southern Ontario be managed near the nuclear power reactors where it was produced.

The Provincial petition, which already has over 500 signatures, will be presented to the Ontario Legislature in November.

Download the Ontario Petition

The Ontario petition will be available at We the Nuclear Free North’s and allied organizations’ events in September and October. If you are unable to visit these events or wish to help us collect signatures, you may download the 2022 Provincial Petition against Nuclear Waste in Northwestern Ontario, collect signatures, and mail the petition to us at:

We the Nuclear Free North
PO Box 10012
Thunder Bay ON P7B 6T6

Note that emailed scans of petitions cannot be accepted. Please mail hard copies by Oct. 31, 2022.


See the Sept. 12, 2022 Media Release.