CNL Looks For Local Work For $1.2 Billion Expansion

One of the Valley’s biggest employers is on a mission to use local jobs as part of a major expansion. 

CNL’s Chalk River Labs is holding meetings this month to explain its $1.2 billion expansion, and how small and medium-sized businesses can get in on some of the contracts and sub-contracting jobs that are available.  

CNL supply chain director Chad Charbonneau says it's important to reach out to the local workforce to tell them about the types of work that CNL and its program partners have available, explain how the process works, and share some insight about working at a nuclear site.

"We need to introduce them not only to our partners who are doing the work, but how to do work with CNL directly”, Charbonneau told Star 96.7 at a public briefing on Tuesday morning in Pembroke.

He says in particular, there are a lot of construction-related jobs that could be a good fit.

“Ventilation, heating electrical mechanical, civil, there’s a number of different pieces of work that I think apply”, said Charbonneau.

A series of "breakfast briefings" are being held around the Valley to explain the basics, including one on April 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the R.A. Centre in Campbell's Bay, QC, another on April 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. the Sands on Golden Lake, and another at the Days Inn in Renfrew on April 11 from 7:30 until 10:00 a.ma.

CNL says anyone interested in learning more about hwo to work at CNL or partnering with CNL contractors is encouraged to attend one of the information sessions.

Then, on April 30, a half-day partnering workshop is planned at the Makwa Centre in Pikwakanagan.

Charbonneau says at that meeting, companies will also have a chance to hear from others who have experience doing work with CNL.

“These will be mentoring companies that have successfully done business with CNL directly, and/or with a program partner", he said.

CNL is working with the Counties of Renfrew and Pontiac, as well as the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan on the local strategy of its expansion plan.