Ontario Building Trades Council re-affirms support for Bruce Power Life Extension Project

Project secures tens of thousands of jobs, cancer-fighting medical isotopes

The Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario has re-affirmed its commitment to working closely with Bruce Power to support its Life-Extension Program, along with its Major Component Replacement Project (MCR), and continue in their advocacy to promote nuclear power as a safe, reliable and carbon-free source of electricity.

Ontario’s largest trades Council recently passed a Resolution at its 65th Annual Convention in Niagara Falls that will see it continue to support Bruce Power’s life extension and MCR program that will allow the site to operate for decades to come.

“Nuclear energy provides safe and reliable baseload electricity for Ontario and we’re proud to be a part of ensuring that we’re meeting the needs of the people, businesses and vital sectors in our province,” said Marc Arsenault, Business Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario.

“We’ve had a long-established partnership with Bruce Power and we’re strong proponents of the nuclear industry by sharing in our commitment to safety, apprenticeship training, and the diversification of the construction workforce through promoting diversity and inclusion for everyone.”

As part of its Resolution, the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council pointed out that the Bruce Power projects will secure an estimated 22,000 jobs directly and indirectly from operations, and an additional 5,000 jobs annually throughout the investment program.

It also said that with the onset of environmental and economic challenges resulting from climate change and global energy uncertainty, there is a clear need to provide safe, reliable and affordable electricity in the province of Ontario. Bruce Power also benefits the world’s health care system through the production of medical isotopes, used to fight cancer.

“Our project and MCR work, which will extend the life of our site to 2064 and beyond, would not be possible without the strong partnership we have with the people who are affiliated with the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council,” said Eric Chassard, Bruce Power Executive Vice-President, Projects and Engineering. “Leading one of Canada’s largest infrastructure projects over the next decade, our trades partners are crucial to our success,” he concluded.

About the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario
The Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario (PBCTCO) was established in 1957 to be the collective voice of construction workers at the provincial level. The Council is chartered under the American Federation of Labour – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), bringing together 12 affiliated construction craft unions with a total province-wide membership of 150,000 workers. The Council’s mission is to give construction workers a voice in the workplace, to help ensure that workers are well-trained to meet industry needs, and to promote healthy and safe working conditions with fair wages, pensions, and benefits.

About Bruce Power
Bruce Power is an electricity company based in Bruce County, Ontario. We are powered by our people. Our 4,200 employees are the foundation of our accomplishments and are proud of the role they play in safely delivering clean, reliable, low-cost nuclear power to families and businesses across the province and life-saving medical isotopes around the world. Bruce Power has worked hard to build strong roots in Ontario and is committed to protecting the environment and supporting the communities in which we live. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is a Canadian-owned partnership of TC Energy, OMERS, the Power Workers’ Union and The Society of United Professionals. Learn more at www.brucepower.com and follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagram and YouTube.