Growing the best nuclear regulator in the world

CNSC co-op students

CNSC co-op students

Since 1946, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and its predecessor, the Atomic Energy Control Board (AECB), have regulated Canada’s nuclear sector, continuously strengthening Canada's laws, regulations and licensing requirements, and enforcing compliance by licensees. This year marks the CNSC’s 70th anniversary as Canada’s independent nuclear regulator.

Intervenors at a Commission hearing in La Ronge

Intervenors at a Commission hearing in La Ronge, SK

Over the past 70 years, the CNSC has learned a lot about how to grow the best nuclear regulator in the world. For the CNSC, that starts with having the best people – a diverse, creative, and expert workforce. The CNSC’s workforce includes students, visible minorities, and individuals of many ethnic and linguistic groups as key players at all levels of CNSC operations.

The CNSC also continues to develop its nation-to-nation relationships with Canada’s Indigenous people. By committing to engaging Indigenous communities through open consultation and transparent decision making with methods such as its Participant Funding Program (PFP), the CNSC recognizes the importance of consulting and relationship building.

Another important part of the CNSC’s commitment to nuclear safety is protecting the environment. Since 2001, the CNSC has had the regulatory powers to protect the environment. This crucial responsibility is reflected in all relevant licence agreements and environmental protection is rigorously enforced by the CNSC. Throughout the last 70 years, the CNSC has continued to strengthen and improve its commitment to protecting the environment.

Environmental monitoring near the Gentilly-2 facility, Bécancour, QC

Environmental monitoring near the Gentilly-2 facility, Bécancour, QC

The CNSC is mandated to regulate the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect health, safety, security, and the environment. It is also responsible for implementing Canada’s international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The CNSC ensures transparency by making available and disseminating objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public.

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Canada 150 provides a great opportunity for Canadians to celebrate, reflect upon and be thankful for the safe, thriving and democratic nation we live in and continue to build together. We are proud to be celebrating 70 years of nuclear safety in Canada.

To learn more about the CNSC and its history, role and responsibilities, have a look at the following: