Public Commission meetings

The Commission holds public meetings for Commission members to consider a wide range of topics related to the nuclear regulatory process and, in certain cases, to make legislative, policy or administrative decisions on matters of particular or general application.

Major facility-specific licensing applications are not considered at Commission meetings. They are considered at public hearings. For information on the public hearing process, see Public Commission hearings.

Typically, a Commission meeting includes CNSC staff presentations followed by discussions by the Commission members on significant development reports, facility or industry sector developments or status reports, and mid-term licensee performance reports. CNSC staff may also present technical briefings on a wide range of subjects related to the regulation of the nuclear industry.

Meetings may also be held “in-camera” (closed session) in whole or in part when certain protected information cannot be discussed in a public forum. The CNSC By-laws outline the conduct of Commission meetings.

Attending public Commission meetings

Meetings are usually open for public attendance, but for observation instead of participation. Meetings that are held "in-camera" (closed session, in whole or in part) when certain protected information cannot be discussed in a public forum are not open to the public.

Find out more about how to observe a public Commission meeting

Watch a public Commission hearings or meetings online

CNSC offers online videos, or Webcasts, of its public hearings and meetings. If you are interested in learning about what happens at a public hearing or meeting, watch public Commission webcasts.

Meeting documents

During a public meeting, simultaneous interpretation in one or the other of Canada's official languages is provided. Verbatim transcripts and webcasts are produced and published on the CNSC Web site the week following the meeting. The meeting minutes are approved at the next Commission meeting and published afterwards.

A Notice of Commission Meeting, followed by a meeting agenda, is published in advance of the meeting and posted on this Web site. The Notice of Commission Meeting provides information on the purpose of the meeting, date, time, and location.

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Contact

For more information about public meetings, contact the Commission Secretariat.