Atomic Energy of Canada Limited


Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), a Canadian federal Crown corporation responsible to drive nuclear innovation for Canada, issued a Request for Pre-Qualification as part of the competitive procurement process to renew the contract to manage Canadian Nuclear Laboratories.

This follows a briefing for interested bidders and site tour that took place on March 23, 2023.

As part of the Request for Pre-Qualification, interested bidders will be asked to demonstrate that they meet mandatory technical criteria, financial capability requirements, security requirements, and integrity criteria.

Qualified Respondents will be able to participate in detailed consultations and provide feedback on the draft Request for Proposal and draft contract.

In the coming months, AECL will also be engaging with local communities and Indigenous communities and Nations to gather input that could help inform contractual requirements.

It is expected that the scope of work under this procurement will include the management of all AECL’s sites and assets, including the Chalk River Laboratories and other satellite sites and associated responsibilities. Of particular importance will be the advancement of AECL’s nuclear science & technology, research, and innovation agendas in order to position the Chalk River Laboratories to use its capabilities to address the priorities of Canada, including climate change.

This procurement process will not affect ongoing work, projects and priorities of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. Canadian Nuclear Laboratories itself is not changing and continues to be responsible for operating AECL’s sites and assets.

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About AECL

AECL drives nuclear innovation to deliver clean energy technologies and improve the quality of life of Canadians while caring for the land.

As a federal Crown corporation, AECL’s mandate is to enable nuclear science and technology, derive optimal value for Canada from AECL’s CANDU intellectual property and to protect the environment by fulfilling the Government of Canada’s radioactive waste and decommissioning responsibilities.

AECL delivers its mandate through a Government-owned, Contractor-operated model, whereby a private-sector organization, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, is responsible for managing and operating AECL’s sites.

Under the Government-owned, Contractor-operated model, AECL owns the sites, facilities, assets, intellectual property and responsibility for nuclear science and technology, environmental remediation and radioactive waste management. Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of the sites.