Ok, there was a post some time ago that (for a number of valid reasons) dismissed the idea of nuclear powered submarines for Canada. I am not sure why you guys are still thinking that is feasible.
There is NO WAY that nuclear powered vessels will ever be acquired. They are too expensive. They require substantial infrastructure. They require a 'concept of operations' entirely unknown in the current Naval culture. They are unacceptable to Canadian society.
They also just happen to be the best option for Canada regardless of the above.
You can't take a SSK into the Polar Ice
Canada has three Ocean borders - the largest ocean borders in the World.
I have some experience and knowledge of the nuclear industry. The requirements for training, support, waste management, oversight, procedural compliance and implementation are FAR beyond what any of you can even comprehend.
Get over yourself. You act like everyone is in kindergarten.
No one has suggested it would just be grab the key and go for spin.
Just like the Australians there would need to be a significant training period before any sub was ready to be crewed 100% by Canadians, maintained by Canadians.
The biggest obstacle in ALL reality is will the USG allow the RCN to play with SSN's - given your fearless Leader Kim Jong Trudeau - I don't think it would be in our best interests at this time.
Here is an example. A trivial example. Let's consider how to change oil in pump where the oil is radioactive (yes, that happens).
Are you familiar at all with the reactor system in the USN?
Because if your Oil Pump has radioactive oil in it - you have a LOT bigger issues than how to clean the oil and replace the pump...
What are you going to do with that oil? You need procedures to safely remove and handle the oil. You need to transport it to a liquid waste processing facility (you did think about building one of those, right?). You need to convert that oil to a solid. You now need to find a way to dispose of that waste (you did think about building a waste disposal facility, right?). You need to transport the oil to that facility, probably on public roads. Did you ask everyone that lives along the transportation route if that is ok? This is just one tiny part of the operations and the obstacles are huge.
I don't think you really know as much about moving Nuclear material as you think you do.
Asking or telling people about it (or the routes you take) is not done (at least down here) it is just moved with little fanfare and a decent amount of security.
But the point remains that everyone knows it wouldn't be a simple task - there are requirements for Naval trades that the RCN currently doesn't have - there are security, storage, maintenance and support issues that Canada has no precedence for.
All of that takes time - BUT - it wouldn't be impossible - and if you factor in the Victorias are not scheduled for retirement immediately - it provides a transition window for these things to be dealt with.
No one will want a radioactive waste processing facility built near them. No one will want a radioactive waste disposal facility built near them. No one wants truckloads of radioactive waste sharing the roads with cars, school buses and trucks.
So, please, give up on this idea of SSNs for Canada. It is not feasible, practical, workable or realistic.
Canada already takes Nuclear material from overseas for disposal - granted I doubt that makes a lot of headlines - but there is also the waste from the CANDU's
I agree that the technology is probably the right solution. But this will never be a viable program.
You are giving up on something you admit is the best option, before you even start.
Frankly that pisses me off.
No one is suggesting this would be an easy thing.
But IF the RCN actually did their homework - and engaged the public - it wouldn't nearly be as hard a sell as you think.