Life at CNSC

We believe that there's more to life than a career, no matter how satisfying that career is. Balanced, rewarded and recognized employees are happier and more productive, which creates a work environment that they can enjoy.

We asked current employees what they love about the CNSC:

  • Great work–life balance
  • Excellent compensation and benefits
  • Opportunities for learning, movement and advancement
  • Ability to make a difference in a small organization
  • Open and transparent management practices
  • Fun social events
  • Fantastic colleagues

These are the things that are important to our employees. We think that they may be important to you, too.

Compensation and Benefits

Our compensation and benefits package is one of the most competitive in the public service – and it's not only about the money.

Employee compensation and benefits at a glance

The CNSC offers one of the most competitive compensation and benefits packages in the public service and has several unique offerings that support balance and productivity.

  • Banked time
  • Ongoing learning and training opportunities
  • A wealth of internal career opportunities
  • An Awards and Recognition Program
  • Strong support for employee wellness and mental health

For detailed information about compensation and benefits, refer to the following documents:

Work–life balance

CNSC employees do important and challenging work, but they also have time to enjoy their personal lives. We offer a variety of flexible work arrangements such as flexible working hours, working from home, leave with income averaging, and the ability to accumulate and use banked time.

We also hold social activities throughout the year to bring fun into the workplace, and to get to know our colleagues and management better. You can expect holiday parties, team-building activities, and the opportunity to participate in a variety of summer and winter activities. The majority of our events donate proceeds to the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign – so you can have fun, and feel good about it too!


Continuous learning is encouraged and supported because we invest in our employees.

Lifelong learning

We believe that learning should be a career-long process. We see it as a partnership: employees are responsible for their own development, managers enable career development, and the organization offers excellent learning opportunities. This partnership makes our operations more effective, and our workforce more qualified and agile.

All of our employees work with their manager to complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP), which ensures that continuous learning and development is present at all stages of their careers.

Our program

Our learning program spans the full range of learning activities – not just in-class sessions. First and foremost, we prioritize on-the-job learning. Employees are encouraged to learn in their current role, diversify their work experience with assignments or micro-missions within the CNSC, or take advantage of interchange opportunities. We are also strong believers in learning through self-directed research, networking and coaching.

CNSC offers extensive learning opportunities This infographic promotes in-class learning sessions offered at the CNSC Approximately 120 in-class learning sessions are offered at the CNSC each year. We also promote excellent courses hosted by the Canada School of Public Service and other external learning organizations.
Four Categories of Learning at the CNSC
Regulatory and technical
  • Supports a competent and qualified technical workforce
  • Includes the Inspector Training and Qualification Program and the Regulatory Operations Training Program
Building leadership capacity
  • Focuses on the development of core management abilities and leadership skills
Employee development
  • Helps employees develop skills that enable them to be more effective in their current role, and better prepare them for future career opportunities
  • Includes training on second official languages
New employee training
  • Includes general employee orientation, occupational health and safety, radiation protection, and information on programs and systems at the CNSC

Our Workforce

The diversity of our employees contributes to our strength as an organization.

Our employees say that their colleagues are one of the best parts of working at the CNSC. Join our team of welcoming, professional and passionate individuals.

Strength in diversity

The CNSC is proud to be an inclusive workplace, and is committed to building a skilled workforce that is reflective of Canadian society. We work to create and maintain a discrimination-free workplace so that all employees can effectively use their skills and experience to help deliver the CNSC's mandate.

We see diversity and inclusion in the workplace as critical to building a healthy environment, where different viewpoints spur innovation and improve results.

Top 10 languages spoken at the CNSC

(other than English and French)

  1. Mandarin
  2. Spanish
  3. Russian
  4. Arabic
  5. German
  6. Hindi
  7. Polish
  8. Punjabi
  9. Urdu
  10. Italian

The CNSC promotes bilingualism and encourages its employees to work and communicate in the official language of their choice.

Collectively, the CNSC speaks a total of forty-three languages at various proficiency levels! Employees who speak another language have the opportunity to assist with foreign delegations.

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