Creates 80 skilled positions in Markham, Ontario to support deployment of new, carbon-free nuclear power technology
TORONTO—July 15, 2021—GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) today announced the creation of 80 highly skilled jobs in Ontario to support the deployment of BWRX-300 small modular reactors (SMRs) in Canada and around the world. The professional technical jobs will be based at GEH’s Canada SMR headquarters in Markham, Ontario and are primarily in engineering, project management, sourcing and quality.
“By investing in Ontario’s labour force, GE is proud to support Canada in fulfilling its vision of being a global leader in SMR technology,” said Heather Chalmers, President & CEO, GE Canada. “GE has operated in Canada for nearly 130 years and is uniquely positioned to scale a workforce to support Canada’s clean energy vision.”
“We are thrilled to see 80 new jobs being created here in the City of Markham and even more excited at the prospect of further investment and job creation as GE Hitachi aims to make its SMR headquarters, here in Markham, a hub for SMR technology globally,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. "GE has been an instrumental part of Markham’s innovation ecosystem for 10 years providing cutting edge smart city solutions through its Grid IQ Innovation Centre."
“I am excited to see that companies like GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy are choosing to further invest in Ontario,” said Billy Pang, MPP for Markham-Unionville. “Through this investment, 80 new skilled nuclear jobs will be created. This is tremendous news for skilled workers of Markham-Unionville.”
“Ontario has an incredibly skilled workforce, and we are proud that companies like GE Hitachi see the value of investing in high-paying Ontario nuclear jobs,” said Paul Calandra, MPP for Markham-Stouffville. “It’s just one more step towards our economic recovery, and further proof that Ontario is still open for business.”
“These skilled, high-paying jobs in Ontario will support the deployment of our innovative, carbon-free SMR technology in Canada and worldwide,” said Lisa McBride, Canada SMR Country Leader for GEH. “This is just the beginning of our projected growth and we look forward to posting more jobs as we continue to build our SMR team.”
GEH has also brought nine students from across Canada on board for paid summer internships. The students, representing McMaster University, Mohawk College, Ontario Tech University, Queen’s University, the University of Calgary, the University of Ottawa and the University of Saskatchewan, are working with GEH engineers to support the deployment of small modular reactors.
An independent report by PwC Canada, commissioned by GEH, estimates that the construction and operation of the first BWRX-300 in Ontario is expected to generate approximately $2.3 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), $1.9 billion in labour income and more than $750 million in federal, provincial and municipal tax revenue over its lifespan. The report estimates that each subsequent BWRX-300 deployed in Ontario and other provinces is expected to further generate more than $1.1 billion in GDP and more than $300 million in tax revenue.
The BWRX-300 is a 300 MWe water-cooled, natural circulation SMR with passive safety systems. Through dramatic and innovative design simplification, GEH projects the BWRX-300 will require significantly less capital cost per MW when compared to other SMR designs. By leveraging the design and licensing basis of GEH’s U.S. NRC-certified ESBWR, utilizing the licensed and proven GNF2 fuel design and incorporating proven components and supply chain expertise, GEH believes the BWRX-300 can become the lowest-risk, most cost-competitive and quickest to market SMR.
GEH is committed to diversity in its hiring and is a signatory to Equal by 30, a campaign devoted to equal pay, equal leadership and equal opportunities for women in the clean energy sector by 2030.
About GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is a world-leading provider of advanced reactors and nuclear services. Established in 2007, GEH is a global nuclear alliance created by GE and Hitachi to serve the global nuclear industry. The nuclear alliance executes a single, strategic vision to create a broader portfolio of solutions, expanding its capabilities for new reactor and service opportunities. The alliance offers customers around the world the technological leadership required to effectively enhance reactor performance, power output and safety. Follow GEH on LinkedIn and Twitter.
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