Nuclear Safeguards

An effective system of nuclear safeguards is in place to ensure that uranium currently mined in Canada is not used for nuclear weapons.  This is managed through international treaties.  In the past, uranium from Canada supported the military programs of our allies.  Uranium can no longer be sold from Canada for military purposes.  Sales under military contracts have not occurred since the late 1980s when it was sold by the Canadian crown corporation of Eldorado Nuclear Ltd.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was established within the United Nations to ensure that safeguarded nuclear material, such as Canada’s uranium, is not used for military purposes.  To learn more about IAEA safeguards, visit the IAEA website: