The Chalk River Laboratories of AECL Research provides neutron beams for research with the NRU reactor. The NRU reactor has eight reactor loops for engineering test experiments, 30 isotope irradiation sites and beam tubes, six of which feed the neutron scattering instruments. The peak thermal flux is 3 x 1014n cm−2s−1. The neutron spectrometers are operated as national facilities for Canadian neutron scattering research. Since the research requirements for the Canadian nuclear industry are changing, and since the NRU reactor is unlikely to operate much beyond the year 2000, a new Irradiation Research Facility (IRF) is being considered for start-up in the first decade of the next century. An outline is given of this proposed new neutron source.