Living in Port Hope

Port Hope is a vibrant, active community, well known for its award-winning heritage downtown core and friendly, small-town character. It’s also a healthy community where residents live, work and play.

If you are thinking about moving to Port Hope or would just like to learn more about the historic low-level radioactive waste cleanup, a vast amount of information is available. Numerous health studies have been conducted over the past several decades and all point to one conclusion – Port Hope is as safe as anywhere else in Canada.

Get the facts

PHP_Tour_20130717_008The PHAI Public Information Office – open daily Monday through Friday – is a good place to gather information and talk with knowledgeable staff about the project. Here are a few of the things you may want to learn:

  • The location of future clean-up sites and designated project transportation routes;
  • How the contaminated soil will be excavated and transported safely;
  • How dust will be minimized and monitored, and how monitoring results will be made publicly available;
  • How the Property Value Protection Program offers compensation to  eligible property owners if they experience a loss that is directly attributable to the project in the sale or rental of their property;
  • How ongoing environmental monitoring and other interim waste management programs are designed to ensure that the waste is managed safely until the cleanup is completed.

Click here to find out What you should know.

Visit us at the Public Information Office at 25 Henderson Street, Port Hope, call us at 905.885.0291 or email general inquiries to info@phai.ca and PVP inquiries to pvpinfo@phai.ca. 

NOTE: Currently our offices remain closed to the public. Please call 905.885.0291 or email phai.ca if you have any questions and or concerns.

Radiological property file information available on request

Any member of the public can request and receive radiological information on any public or private property in Port Hope where radiological investigations have taken place over the past several decades. Requestors may ask for the full file on a property, a specific portion of the file or the Radiological Status Letter that is typically prepared to summarize the information in order to facilitate real estate transactions in the community.

Is Port Hope a safe place to live?

YES. In June, 2009, The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission published a report that integrates the results and conclusions of 40 Port Hope health studies that have been conducted over the years.

This report, called the CANADIAN NUCLEAR SAFETY COMMISSION (CNSC) SYNTHESIS REPORT: Understanding Health Studies and Risk Assessments Conducted in the Port Hope Community from the 1950s to the Present, drew some very comforting and definitive conclusions. Here are some excerpts:

"Residents of Port Hope are just as likely to live safe and healthy lives as people in any other communities in Ontario or Canada. No adverse health effects have occured or are likely to occur as a result of the operations of the nuclear industry in the town.

The estimated intakes of uranium in Port Hope are from 0.6 to 3.2 ug/day. These values are comparable to the Ontario average and are only about 1/10 of the tolerable daily intake value recommended by the World Health Organization, whose established limits are considerably more restrictive than those of other organizations.

Risk assessments conducted in Port Hope indicate that elevated uranium concentrations in some of the region's soils pose no risk to Port Hope residents' health."

Click on the link below to read the full report.

THE CANADIAN NUCLEAR SAFETY COMMISSION (CNSC) SYNTHESIS REPORT: Understanding Health Studies and Risk Assessments Conducted in the Port Hope Community from the 1950s to the Present

January 31, 2017