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December 24, 2015
  • Licensee must cease activities requiring entry into a vessel or hopper fitted with a nuclear gauge
December 23, 2015
  • The nuclear power reactor operating licence will be valid from January 1, 2016 until November 30, 2025
December 21, 2015
  • Radioactivity below drinking water and exposure limits
  • Licensee must immediately stop uncertified installation and upgrades of equipment
December 17, 2015
  • No impact on health and safety or the environment
December 16, 2015
  • Commission to consider an application from Canadian Nuclear Laboratories to amend its Chalk River Laboratories operating licence; participant funding is available
  • Ministry must transfer nuclear gauges to a licensed recipient
December 15, 2015
  • Worker must cease the use of portable nuclear gauges
  • Licensee must cease using radiation devices
December 14, 2015
  • The public is invited to provide feedback on comments received on discussion paper DIS-15-02, Review of CNSC Documentation on the Security of Nuclear Material.
December 11, 2015
  • Mr. Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, extends his congratulations to the CNSC for its 15th anniversary through a short video
  • Nuclear Engineering International published an article on the refurbishment of Canadian-designed CANDU reactors entitled “Global Village”
December 8, 2015
  • The CNSC will hold a hearing in December 2015 to consider an application from OPG to amend the Nuclear Power Reactor Operating Licence for its Pickering Nuclear Generating Station
December 7, 2015
  • The agenda for the Commission meeting being held on December 17, 2015 in Ottawa is now available
December 3, 2015
  • CNSC researches the contribution of minor isotopes to doses to fish and molluscs
  • The CNSC publishes a report highlighting key research activities it has facilitated and supported over the past year
  • The period for providing comments on draft regulatory document REGDOC-2.2.4, Fitness for Duty, is extended until March 7, 2016.
December 2, 2015
  • President Binder spoke during a session on strategies for furthering Canada-Asia cooperation on nuclear safety
November 30, 2015
  • Draft REGDOC-2.9.1, Environmental Policy, Assessments and Protection Measures, is open for consultation until March 29, 2016
November 27, 2015
  • Minister of the Environment and Climate Change extends timeline to issue a decision
  • CNSC removes the Gunnar Remediation Project phase 2 hold point as it pertains to the remediation of the tailings deposits
November 26, 2015
  • CSA N299.4, Quality assurance program requirements for the supply of items and services for nuclear power plants, Category 4 (New Standard), is open for consultation until January 13, 2016.
  • CSA N299.3, Quality assurance program requirements for the supply of items and services for nuclear power plants, Category 3 (New Standard), is open for consultation until January 13, 2016.
  • CSA N299.2, Quality assurance program requirements for the supply of items and services for nuclear power plants, Category 2 (New Standard), is open for consultation until January 13, 2016.
  • CSA N299.1, Quality assurance program requirements for the supply of items and services for nuclear power plants, Category 1 (New Standard), is open for consultation until January 13, 2016.
November 24, 2015
  • Commission to consider an application from Canadian Nuclear Laboratories to extend the Chalk River Laboratories operating licence for a period of 17 months; participant funding is available.
  • Mr. Jammal spoke about the importance of exchanging regulatory and operational experience among countries that own CANDU-type reactors, in an effort to improve safety and enhance regulatory effectiveness
  • CNSC took part in the study of the determination of Hydrazine at Ontario Nuclear Power Plants
November 20, 2015
  • Richmond Metals Recycling Inc. meets criteria for safe cleanup and closure
November 17, 2015
  • A high level overview of how the CNSC regulates Canada’s nuclear sector
  • Commission to consider Hydro-Québec’s licence application in view of the decommissioning of the Gentilly-2 nuclear facility; participant funding is available
November 12, 2015
  • Presented as part of a panel discussion on the Characteristics of an Effective Nuclear Regulator
November 9, 2015
  • REGDOC 2.2.4 is open for consultation until January 22, 2016
November 5, 2015
  • Come and find out how Canada’s nuclear regulator ensures that nuclear activities and facilities are safe.
  • CSA N290.6, Requirements for monitoring and display of nuclear power plant safety functions in the event of an accident (New Edition) is open for consultation until January 6, 2016
  • CSA N290.5, Requirements for electrical power and instrument air systems of CANDU nuclear power plants (New Edition) is open for consultation until January 6, 2016
October 30, 2015
  • A team of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts completed today a two-week International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission to review national nuclear security practices in Canada by submitting a preliminary report to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.
  • Mr. Jammal identified recommendations aimed at continuing improvements to emergency preparedness and response to a nuclear or radiological emergency
  • Mr. Jammal spoke on the importance for the international community to review and strengthen the emergency management’s national and international framework and capacity
  • Municipality has the potential to meet requirements for a deep geological repository for used nuclear fuel
October 26, 2015
  • Regulator Panel on Current and Future Issues
October 20, 2015
  • Read NB Power’s update
  • Read the CNSC regulatory document REGDOC-1.6.1, Licence Application Guide: Nuclear Substances and Radiation Devices
  • Terry Jamieson speaks about the evolution of safety analysis and its methodology.
October 19, 2015
  • REGDOC 2.2.4 is open for consultation until December 18, 2015
  • He will lead discussions among participating countries on how to improve nuclear safety worldwide
October 16, 2015
  • The agenda for the public hearing being held on November 2 to 5, 2015 in Courtice, ON is now available
October 14, 2015
  • Licensee must cease operation of dust collector until compliance with National Fire Code of Canada is met
  • CNSC took part in the inter-laboratory analysis of organically bound tritium alongside laboratories in Canada, Romania and France
October 9, 2015
  • The period for providing comments on discussion paper DIS-15-02, Review of CNSC Documentation on the Security of Nuclear Material, is extended until November 21, 2015.
October 8, 2015
  • CSA N290.15, Requirements for the safe operating envelope of nuclear power plants (Amendments) is open for consultation until November 30, 2015.
October 7, 2015
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  • The CNSC has produced a technical paper, titled Severe Accident Progression Without Operator Action
October 6, 2015
  • Read the public’s comments on Proposals to Amend the Radiation Protection Regulations
October 5, 2015
  • A pioneer of radiation protection and health physics
September 30, 2015
  • Findings were presented to the Commission in August 2015 and concluded that Canada’s NPPs operated safely during 2014
September 29, 2015
  • CNSC publishes version 2 of REGDOC-2.3.2, Accident Management
  • The nuclear substance processing facility operating licence will be valid from November 1, 2015 until October 31, 2025
September 28, 2015
  • A revised agenda for the public Commission meeting being held on September 30 and October 1, 2015 in Ottawa is now available
  • A revised agenda for the public Commission hearing being held on September 30, 2015 in Ottawa is now available
September 25, 2015
  • PSA: A tool to estimate risk and drive safety improvement
  • IEMP results for both 2013 and 2014 confirm that the public and the environment around the Blind River Refinery are safe
September 22, 2015
  • Licensee must remove contaminated items and decommission the facility
September 21, 2015
  • Study assesses the consequences to health and the environment
  • Discussion Paper DIS-15-02, Review of CNSC Documentation on the Security of Nuclear Material, is open for consultation until October 21, 2015.
September 18, 2015
  • IEMP results confirm that the public and the environment around Key Lake mill are safe
  • IEMP results confirm that the public and the environment around McArthur River mine are safe
  • The agenda for the Commission meeting being held on September 30 and October 1, 2015 in Ottawa is now available
September 17, 2015
  • Mr. Jammal contributed to the report, The Fukushima Daiichi Accident, by the International Atomic Energy Agency Director General, and spoke on Volume 1/5: Description and Context of the Accident
September 16, 2015
  • CNSC signs international arrangements to further the exchange of nuclear regulatory information and cooperation
September 11, 2015
  • Federal Court of Appeal rules that the decision rendered by the JRP on the EA met all legal requirements and the licence issued to OPG on its new power reactor project is valid
  • The article referenced CNSC’s safety goals set out in REGDOC-2.5.2, Design of Reactor Facilities: Nuclear Power Plants
September 8, 2015
  • The agenda for the public hearing being held on September 30, 2015 in Ottawa is now available
September 4, 2015
  • CNSC contributes to the IAEA Director General’s Report on the Fukushima Daiichi Accident through the work of Executive Vice-President and Chief Regulatory Operations Officer Ramzi Jammal
August 27, 2015
  • Updates to REGDOC-3.5.2, Compliance and Enforcement: Administrative Monetary Penalties, include a form to request a review of a notice of violation
August 26, 2015
  • Licensee must implement corrective measures and address all non-compliances.
  • Licensee must comply with all regulatory requirements
August 21, 2015
  • The CNSC partnered with France on research into tritium evapotranspiration in different terrestrial environments
  • Results provide insights useful for emergency planning and response
August 19, 2015
  • Licensee must train employee on the use of portable nuclear gauges
August 14, 2015
  • New CNSC interactive module
  • Uranium mining is safe
  • Licensee must train employee on the use and transport of portable nuclear gauges
  • Invitation to read the feedback on comments received for DIS-14-02, Modernizing the CNSC’s Regulations
August 13, 2015
  • A revised agenda for the Commission meeting being held on August 20, 2015 in Ottawa is now available
  • A revised agenda for the public hearing being held on August 19, 2015 in Ottawa is now available
August 11, 2015
  • Terry Jamieson speaks about cyber security and the Canadian nuclear industry
August 10, 2015
  • Send in your comments on the Annual Regulatory Oversight Report on the Use of Nuclear Substances in Canada: 2014 by August 31, 2015
  • The Regulatory Oversight Report for Uranium and Nuclear Processing Facilities in Canada: 2014 and the Regulatory Oversight Report for Uranium Mines and Mills in Canada: 2014 will be reviewed
August 6, 2015
  • The agenda for the Commission meeting being held on August 20, 2015 in Ottawa is now available.
  • Fire reported and under control
  • Andrei Blahoianu, Director of the Engineering Design Assessment Division, gave a presentation entitled “Status of Canadian NPPs’ Long-Term Operation (LTO) Preparation”
  • Licensee must abide by regulatory requirements within 30 days of issuance of this order
July 30, 2015
  • Focus on the licence renewal hearing of OPG’s Darlington Nuclear Generating Station
July 28, 2015
  • CNSC responds to a report published by the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement
  • President Binder gave a presentation to the Cameco Board of Directors on July 28, 2015. He introduced new Board members to the CNSC, and highlighted issues and activities of mutual interest.
July 24, 2015
  • Minor work injury reported
  • Read the interesting facts in the public-friendly report
July 22, 2015
  • The agenda for the public hearing being held on August 19, 2015 in Ottawa is now available
July 20, 2015
  • Provide feedback on comments received on discussion paper DIS 15-01, Proposal to Amend the Nuclear Non-proliferation Import and Export Control Regulations (NNIECR)
July 17, 2015
  • Read the CNSC article on how Canada’s nuclear industry is safe
July 13, 2015
  • CNSC has approved the certification of the package designed for the transport of HEUNL. The Record of Decision was issued on July 10, 2015
  • The period for providing feedback on discussion paper DIS-14-02, Modernizing the CNSC’s Regulations, is extended until July 31, 2015.
July 10, 2015
  • Cameco suspends shipment of uranium concentrate from its Saskatchewan mills due to wildfires
July 3, 2015
  • Licensee must immediately cease all operations authorized under their licence and place all drums containing contaminated zirconium tubes into safe storage.
June 30, 2015
  • The CNSC has published the Packaging and Transport of Nuclear Substances Regulations, 2015 in the Canada Gazette, Part II
  • The National Sealed Sources Registry and Sealed Source Tracking System annual report is now available
June 29, 2015
  • The Nuclear Substance Processing Facility Operating Licence will be valid from July 1, 2015 until June 30, 2022
June 26, 2015
  • Canadian National Energy Alliance has been selected as the preferred bidder to manage and operate Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
June 19, 2015
  • Provide feedback on comments received on discussion paper DIS-14-02, Modernizing the CNSC's Regulations
June 15, 2015
  • IEMP results confirm that the public and the environment around the facility are safe
June 12, 2015
  • The CNSC just launched a video that explains how Commission hearings work, how members of the public can get involved, and more
June 11, 2015
  • A revised agenda for the Commission meeting being held on June 17 and 18, 2015 in Ottawa is available.
June 10, 2015
  • Invitation to read feedback on comments received on the technical assessment report on HEUNL transport package design
June 5, 2015
  • Immediately develop and implement a contingency plan to ensure the stability of aqua barriers
June 3, 2015
  • Comments due September 1, 2015
  • CNSC to consider Hydro-Québec’s application to amend its licence for the Gentilly-2 Nuclear Generating Station
  • The agenda for the Commission meeting being held on June 17 and 18, 2015 in Ottawa is now available.
  • Terry Jamieson speaks about the CNSC’s journey to date in strengthening its safety culture
  • An administrative monetary penalty was issued for a violation under section 26 of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (carrying on a prescribed activity without a licence)
  • Mr. Jammal speaks about regulatory oversight of waste management in Canada
May 29, 2015
  • The Consolidated Interim Status Report for Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington, Pickering and Western Waste Management Facilities will be presented on June 17, 2015
  • Exploring what dose limits are, what they are not, and their place during emergencies
  • CSA N292.1, Wet storage of irradiated fuel and other radioactive materials (New Standard) is open for consultation until June 30, 2015
  • CSA N1600, General requirements for nuclear emergency management programs (New Edition) is open for consultation until July 14, 2015
  • CSA N286.7, Quality assurance of analytical, scientific, and design computer programs (New Edition), is open for consultation until June 30, 2015
  • CSA N285.4, Periodic inspection of CANDU nuclear power plant components (Amendments), is open for consultation until July 14, 2015
May 28, 2015
  • The CNSC announced its decision today to renew Bruce Power’s power reactor operating licences
  • Read NB Power’s update
  • Transportation related non-compliances
May 26, 2015
  • CNSC to consider a licence renewal application from Ontario Power Generation Inc. for the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station
May 25, 2015
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  • CNSC technical paper presented to ISRM Congress placed in the top 10 at the symposium
May 21, 2015
  • The CNSC has published an update to its Regulatory Framework Plan for 2015-2021.
May 13, 2015
  • Canadian delegation presented the Fifth National Report for the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management
May 11, 2015
  • NIRB has submitted a report to the federal Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada; outlining its assessment and determination on whether or not the project should proceed.
May 7, 2015
  • Read the report for the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management
  • President Binder spoke to the International Nuclear Regulators’ Association on the CNSC's activities
May 6, 2015
  • The JRP has submitted its report to the federal Minister of the Environment; the report outlines conclusions, rationale and recommendations
  • The CNSC just launched a video that explains how its PFP program works, who can apply, when funding is available, and more
May 5, 2015
  • Commission to consider releasing the licence hold point for phase 2 of the Gunnar Remediation Project; participant funding is available
May 4, 2015
  • Provide feedback on comments received for CNSC’s technical assessment on the package design for transport of highly enriched uranyl nitrate liquid
May 1, 2015
  • IEMP results confirm that the public and the environment around the facility are safe
April 29, 2015
  • “CNSC 101: Meet the regulator” will be held in Winnipeg on May 12
  • The Consolidated Interim Status Report for Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington, Pickering and Western Waste Management Facilities will be reviewed
  • Read the new version of the NAC-LWT certificates
April 28, 2015
  • Nuclear Substances in Canada: a Safety Performance Report for 2013 is now available
April 27, 2015
  • The public hearing for the application by SRB Technologies (Canada) Inc. will now take place on May 14, 2015 only
  • Invitation to read feedback on comments received for REGDOC-2.2.3, Initial Certification Examinations
April 24, 2015
  • Our experts walk you through the new program
  • The agenda for the public hearing being held on May 14, 2015 in Pembroke is now available
  • Read the new CNSC regulatory document REGDOC-3.5.1, Licensing Process for Class I Nuclear Facilities and Uranium Mines and Mills
April 23, 2015
  • CSA N290.3 Requirements for the containment system of nuclear power plants (New Edition) is open for consultation until June 13, 2015.
  • CSA N290.16 Requirements for beyond design basis accidents (New Standard) is open for consultation until June 13, 2015.
April 22, 2015
  • IEMP results confirm that the public and the environment around the facility are safe
  • Article concludes that Fukushima not a “new Chernobyl”
April 16, 2015
  • The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board of India and the CNSC have finalized an arrangement for regulatory cooperation
  • A new edition of the Directorate of Nuclear Substance Regulation newsletter is now available
  • CSA N291, Requirements for safety-related structures for CANDU nuclear power plants (New Edition) is open for consultation until May 12, 2015.
  • CSA N290.8, Technical specification requirements for nuclear power plant components (New Standard) is open for consultation until May 8, 2015.
  • CSA N290.14, Qualification of digital hardware and software for use in instrumentation and control applications for nuclear power plants (New Edition) is open for consultation until May 8, 2015.
April 15, 2015
  • Read the new CNSC regulatory document REGDOC-2.3.3, Periodic Safety Reviews
  • OPG confirms no impact on the environment or the public
April 14, 2015
  • CNSC to consider an application from Canadian Nuclear Laboratories to decommission two facilities located at Chalk River Laboratories
April 13, 2015
  • The time and date of some of the oral presentations have been moved
April 7, 2015
  • “CNSC 101: Meet the regulator” will be held in Toronto on April 25
April 1, 2015
  • The mission reviewed the United Arab Emirates nuclear emergency and response plans for Barakah Nuclear Power Plant
March 31, 2015
  • The CNSC’s 2015-2016 Report on Plans and Priorities was tabled in the House of Commons today
  • The agenda for the public hearing being held from April 13 to 16, 2015 in Kincardine is now available.
March 30, 2015
  • The CNSC has posted its improvement plan for communicating regulatory information to licensees.
March 27, 2015
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  • The mission reviewed India's regulatory framework for safety of nuclear power plants
  • Community Vitality Monitoring Partnership Process issues its Study of the Effects of the Uranium Industry Health and Wellness Programs
March 24, 2015
  • An update to the CNSC's forward regulatory plan for 2015-17 is now available
  • CNSC to consider Canadian Light Source Inc.’s application to allow them to process nuclear substances at their facility
March 23, 2015
  • CNSC to consider an application from Best Theratronics Limited for the approval of their financial guarantee
  • New date and location for part 2 of the hearing
  • Provide feedback on comments received for draft regulatory document REGDOC-2.2.3, Initial Certification Examinations
March 20, 2015
  • Results confirm that the public and the environment around the SRB site are safe
March 19, 2015
  • The CNSC signs an MOU with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management to help ensure close coordination in the improbable event of a radiological emergency in Ontario
  • Order to Big Guns Energy Services Inc.is now closed
March 18, 2015
  • Read NB Power’s update
  • CNSC study looks at 11 municipalities in Ontario
  • Read about what people have said about our Discussion Paper on design extension conditions for nuclear power plants
March 17, 2015
  • Licensees are to take action to prevent unplanned uranium dust releases similar to previous Key Lake mill events
March 13, 2015
  • Marc Leblanc speaks about public participation in Canadian nuclear licensing hearings
March 12, 2015
  • Licensee must place all nuclear substances in secure storage
  • President Binder gave a presentation to participants in the University of Ottawa’s Certificate Program in Public Sector Leadership and Governance
  • The agenda for the public Commission meeting being held on March 25 and 26, 2015 in Ottawa is now available.
March 11, 2015
  • Independent third-party article on the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster
  • Ramzi Jammal speaks of the lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi accident
March 10, 2015
  • Ruth Brinston, a food and health consultant specializing in irradiation technology, delivered a presentation as a CNSC guest speaker
March 9, 2015
  • CSA N289.3, Design procedures for seismic qualification of nuclear power plants (Amendment) is open for consultation until April 28, 2015.
  • CSA N285.7 NS (2nd review) Periodic inspection of CANDU nuclear power plant balance of plant systems and components (New Standard) is open for consultation until March 14, 2015.
  • CSA N287.8 NS Aging management for concrete containment structures for nuclear power plants (New Standard) is open for consultation until April 13, 2015.
March 6, 2015
  • A new edition of the Directorate of Nuclear Substance Regulation newsletter is now available
March 5, 2015
  • CNSC’s Senior General Counsel summarizes the nuclear legal developments of 2014
  • Creighton, Saskatchewan, and Schreiber, Ontario are no longer in the Nuclear Waste Management Organization site-selection process.
March 4, 2015
  • Read Cameco’s update
  • Discussion paper DIS-15-01 is open for consultation until July 2, 2015
March 2, 2015
  • Licensee required to cease radioisotope processing and radiolabelled tracer production
  • Provide feedback on comments received for draft regulatory document REGDOC-3.2.2, Aboriginal Engagement
February 27, 2015
  • “CNSC 101: Meet the regulator” will be held in Kincardine, Ontario on March 3.
  • CNSC President Michael Binder spoke at the CNA’s Annual Conference and Trade Show on February 27, 2015. The theme of this year's conference is "Power for a Cooler Climate"
February 26, 2015
  • Discover how the CNSC makes sure that nuclear activities, and the facilities where they take place, are safe for Canadians and the environment.
February 25, 2015
  • Michael Binder delivered a presentation to the mayors and councillors of nuclear host communities
February 19, 2015
  • Read GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada Inc.’s public notice
  • "CNSC 101: Meet the regulator" will be held in Ottawa on February 25.
February 18, 2015
  • Clarifying the health consequences of radiation exposure
February 13, 2015
  • IEMP results confirm that the public and the environment around the facilities are safe
  • The CNSC has posted new transport licence service standards as part of the Red Tape Reduction Action Plan.
February 12, 2015
  • Transport containers performed as designed and prevented the release of UF6
February 11, 2015
  • Licensee is requested to implement various corrective measures
February 10, 2015
  • The International Panel on Climate Change stresses the need for international cooperation
  • Possible overexposure of a nuclear energy worker
February 9, 2015
  • The application to extend the NRU’s operating licence until March 31, 2018, will be subject to approval by CNSC
  • Document focuses on nuclear energy safety
  • Licensee violated paragraph 48 (d) of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (Knowingly making a false or misleading statement to the Commission)
February 6, 2015
  • Commission to consider Nordion’s nuclear substance processing facility operating licence renewal application; participant funding available
  • Licensee failed to comply with sub-section 16(4) of the Packaging and Transport of Nuclear Substances Regulations
February 5, 2015
  • Learn more about CNSC’s role
February 3, 2015
  • President Binder discusses nuclear liability and compensation before the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources
  • Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) will hold a public hearing from March 2–14, 2015
  • Read what people have said about our discussion paper on proposed amendments to regulations made under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act
January 30, 2015
  • CNSC invites feedback on the IAEA’s Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material
January 29, 2015
  • Licensee failed to comply with section 13 of the General Nuclear Safety and Control Regulations
January 28, 2015
  • Licensee acted in violation of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and was prohibited from using two exposure devices
January 27, 2015
  • Point Lepreau Generating Station following severe weather emergency procedures
  • Provide feedback on comments received on discussion paper DIS-14-01, Design Extension Conditions for Nuclear Power Plants
  • The Electromagnetic Spectrum infographic describes the entire range of wavelength from radio waves to gamma rays.
January 23, 2015
  • Four communities have the potential to meet the site selection requirements of the Adaptive Phased Management initiative.
  • Results confirm public safety is protected around Bruce A and B Nuclear Generating Stations
January 22, 2015
  • Read the executive summary
January 20, 2015
  • Order to Cliffs Quebec Iron Mining Limited is now closed
January 19, 2015
  • Article supports nuclear energy’s role in combatting climate change and protecting biodiversity
January 15, 2015
  • The CNSC accepts the Environmental Assessment Report for the Gunnar Remediation project
  • “CNSC 101: Meet the regulator” will be held in Ottawa, February 25
  • Order to Nine Energy Canada Inc. is now closed
January 7, 2015
  • The agenda for the public hearing being held on February 5, 2015 in Ottawa is now available.