CNSC By the Numbers - Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

The CNSC... By the Numbers

Here’s a picture in numbers – from the number of inspections conducted annually to the amount of money devoted to research – to help you learn more about how the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) fulfills its mandate.

The CNSC regulates Canada’s nuclear sector to effectively protect the public, workers and the environment.

Regulating the entire industry

Over 1,800 licensees are licensed by the CNSC to conduct a broad range of activities. Each year, our inspectors carry out over…

  • 1500
    inspections of academic, research and industrial facilities
  • 265
    inspections of hospitals and clinics
  • 140
    inspections of nuclear power plants
  • 20
    inspections of uranium mines and mills

Certifying individuals

The CNSC certifies 2,714 individuals to conduct high-risk activities at nuclear power plants and to handle nuclear devices.

Recovering 70 percent of costs

The CNSC recovers 70 percent of its operating costs from licensees, through licensing and certification fees.

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Revenue source Amount (%)
Licensing and certification fees 70
Government funds 30

Participant funding and research programs

  • Since 2010, has offered close to $1 million to Aboriginal groups and the public, helping them participate in the regulatory process.
  • The CNSC also invests over $2.5 million annually to conduct research.
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Area of investment Amount ($)
Aboriginal groups and the public 960,000
Research 2.5 million

Working internationally to maintain a peaceful nuclear sector

The CNSC maintains over 30 agreements with nuclear regulators of other countries and with the European Union to make sure that Canadian nuclear technology and products are used for peaceful purposes only.

List of agreements

Certifying and licensing critically important devices

CNSC-certified devices and equipment are used across the country for different medical purposes.  These include...

  • 274
    medical accelerators that allow physicians to treat cancerous tumours
  • 19
    cyclotrons that produce isotopes for medical and research purposes
  • 108
    small-scale medical irradiators for sterilization of blood products and large-scale for sterilization of medical equipment

Conducting open and transparent activities

In the last five years, the Commission has conducted 81 public meetings and hearings, and heard over 2,600 oral presentations from Aboriginal groups and stakeholders.

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CNSC By The Numbers

Here’s a picture in numbers – from the number of inspections conducted annually to the amount of money devoted to research – to help you learn more about how the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) fulfills its mandate.