Every day, millions of Canadians use nuclear products, though we may not always be aware of how it contributes to our lives.
Nuclear's enormous potential has been harnessed for a variety of activities - to heat and light our homes, to perform valuable research at universities, to diagnose and treat illnesses, for use in scientific instruments, and even in everyday household products like smoke detectors. Our lives are improved because nuclear facilities, processes and products are made safe through stringent regulation.
At CNSC, nuclear safety means protecting Canadians
CNSC has both national and international nuclear safety and control responsibilities.
National nuclear safety responsibilities focus on regulating nuclear facilities and activities to protect the public, people who work in the nuclear sector, and the environment.
International responsibilities involve working to ensure that Canada's international nuclear non-proliferation obligations are upheld.
CNSC keeps nuclear materials safe
In Canada, all nuclear facilities and activities are governed by the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and associated regulations. CNSC makes sure these laws and regulations are followed.
CNSC also works in collaboration with other government departments and agencies such as Natural Resources Canada, Environment Canada, Health Canada, Transport Canada, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to effectively regulate nuclear operations and activities.
For more information see:
- Introduction to Radiation
- Transporting Nuclear Substances
- Alarm Response Guidelines for Radiation Portal Monitoring Systems
- International Nuclear and Radiation Events (INES)
- Radium Luminous Devices: Tips for Your Safety
- Government of Canada Links
CNSC ensures that licensees are prepared in the event of an emergency
Being prepared in the event of an emergency is an essential part of being a responsible nuclear regulator. CNSC has a comprehensive emergency preparedness program in place, and works with nuclear operators, municipal, provincial and federal government agencies, first responders and international organizations to always be ready.
CNSC's role during an emergency is to monitor and evaluate the actions of any nuclear operators involved, provide technical advice and regulatory directives when required, and inform the government and the public on its assessment of the situation.
CNSC licensees' security programs are reviewed by CNSC on an ongoing basis.
For more information see:
- Protecting your family in a Nuclear Emergency
- Public Alerting Systems in case of Nuclear Emergency
- Managing Radioactive Releases from Nuclear Power Plants
- Emergency Management at Major Nuclear Facilities
- CNSC's Role in a Nuclear Emergency
- CNSC Action on Nuclear Security Post 9/11
- FAQs: Nuclear Security in Canada
- Emergency Management Organizations
CNSC supports Canada's international safety agreements
Canada is committed to nuclear non-proliferation and the peaceful use of nuclear energy. There are different international agreements about the use of nuclear energy and nuclear safety standards, coordinated by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). CNSC's standards and best practices respect IAEA nuclear safety standards.
For more information, see: