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Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) Annual Report 2006-2007

The CNSC Strategic Framework

The CNSC Strategic Framework uses this logic model for planning, focusing activities and programs, evaluating the contribution of initiatives to CNSC outcomes and illustrating the role of the CNSC as an agency committed to achieving results for Canadians.

CNSC Logic Model - Results for Canadians

CNSC Logic Model - Results for Canadians Activity Areas. regulatory framework. Licensing and Certification. Compliance. Cooperative Undertakings. stakeholder relations. Outputs. regulatory framework. nsca. regulations. regulatory documents, (policy, standards, guides). bilateral nuclear cooperation agreements. canada/IAEA. Safeguards agreements. Licensing and Certification. Licensing decisions (new, renewal, amendment, approval). certification decisions. Compliance. promotional material and events. audit reports. inspection reports. compliance notices. enforcement actions. reports on international obligations. Cooperative Undertakings. international, federal, provincial agreements/conventions/arrangements. international guides, standards, control lists. effective national/international cooperation in nuclear regulation. stakeholder relations. communications tools and activities. community meetings. surveys. public hearings. responsive two-way consultation. open access to information. outcomes. immediate. regulatory framework. a clear and pragmatic regulatory framework. Licensing and Certification. individuals and organizations that operate safely and conform to safeguards and non-proliferation requirements. Compliance. high levels of compliance with the regulatory framework. Cooperative Undertakings. cnsc cooperates and integrates its activities in national/international nuclear fora. stakeholder relations. stakeholders understanding of the regulatory program. outcomes. intermediate. regulatory framework. low frequency of incidents, accidents and precursors. Licensing and Certification. international transfers of nuclear goods and technology are solely for peaceful purposes. Compliance. low levels of exposure (humans and environment). stakeholder relations. commitment from the regulated community to sustain a strong safety culture. outcomes. ultimate. Safe and secure nuclear installations and processes solely for peaceful purposes; and public cinfidence in the nuclear regulatory regime's effectiveness. Mission. to regulate the use of nuclear energy and material to protect health, safety, security and the environment and to respect Canada's international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

Organizational Information

The CNSC operates as two separate organizations:

  1. a Commission of up to seven members

  2. a staff organization of approximately 650 people

(i) Commission

The Nuclear Safety and Control Act (NSCA) pro­vides for the appointment of up to seven Commission members by the Governor in Council. Members serve for a term not exceeding five years. One member of the Commission is des­ignated as the President of the Commission. This position is currently held by Linda J. Keen.

Supported by the Secretariat, the Commission functions as an independent, quasi-judicial admin­istrative tribunal and court of record and sets reg­ulatory policy direction on matters relating to health, safety, security and environmental issues affecting the Canadian nuclear industry. It also makes independent decisions on the licensing of nuclear-related activities in Canada as well as legally binding regulations.

The Commission holds pub­lic hearings, in accordance with the CNSC Rules of Procedure when considering licensing matters related to major nuclear facilities. When making decisions, the Commission takes into account the views, concerns and opinions of interested parties and intervenors. The Commission delegates to Designated Officers the authority to render licensing decisions for certain categories of nuclear facilities and activities in accordance with the requirements of the NSCA and its associated regulations.

(ii) CNSC Staff

CNSC staff are located at headquarters in Ottawa, site offices at each of the five nuclear power plants in Canada, at the Chalk River facility of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, and five regional offices. CNSC staff at site offices assess performance against regulations and specific conditions of oper­ating licences. Regional offices conduct compliance activities for nuclear substances, transportation, radiation devices and equipment containing nuclear substances. They also respond to unusual events involving nuclear substances.

CNSC staff support the Commission by:

  • developing regulatory frameworks
  • carrying out licensing, certification, compliance inspections and enforcement actions
  • coordinating the CNSC's international under­takings
  • developing CNSC-wide programs in support of regulatory effectiveness
  • maintaining relations with stakeholders
  • providing administrative support

Staff also prepare recommendations on licensing decisions, present them to the Commission for con­sideration during public hearings and subsequently administer the Commission's decisions. Where so designated, staff also render licensing decisions.

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