The government said on 28 February that it will launch a competitive procurement process for the management of AECL's Nuclear Laboratories "in the coming months." It plans to use the services of financial and nuclear advisors as part of the process.
Natural Resources Canada said that it is seeking to implement a government-owned, contractor-operated model, as is used in the US and UK. "In doing so, the Government is demonstrating its commitment to fairness and the responsible use of taxpayers' dollars," a statement said. In 2011 AECL's reactor and services business was sold to SNC Lavalin; the laboratories were excluded.
The nuclear laboratories are responsible for R&D in safety, waste management and clean energy technologies, the production of medical isotopes, and other areas."