Great strides were taken in 2022, despite continued unknowns created by the pandemic. The NWMO’s work moved forward and adapted. Like all organizations and businesses, several provincial lockdowns associated with the pandemic impacted our work. The lockdowns led to a significant loss of time for the face-to-face interactions that are critical to the engagement process, especially in the communities exploring their potential to host the project. In reviewing our rolling five-year implementation plan and considering the impacts of the pandemic, we made the decision to shift the timing for site selection. Although we decided to adjust the timing for site selection by one year, we remain on track to meet our construction and operations timelines.