Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) Annual Report 2018-19
The CNSC 2018–19 Annual Report (PDF, 80 pages, 6.48 Mb)
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regulates all nuclear facilities and activities in Canada from uranium mining to power generation, nuclear research, nuclear facilities and prescribed equipment, transportation of radiological substances, industrial and medical applications of nuclear materials, and waste disposal.
We strive to ensure that Canadian nuclear activities are among the safest and most secure in the world.
As leaders in our field, we are experts with a strong focus on action: We enforce our very strict regulatory requirements and vigilantly monitor licensees to verify they are following the rules.
To be the best nuclear regulator in the world.
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect health, safety, security and the environment; to implement Canada's international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy; and to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public.
We regulate the nuclear industry in Canada to keep Canada and Canadians safe.
Letter to the Minister
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi Minister Of Natural Resources Ottawa, Ontario
I have the honour of presenting you with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s annual report for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019. The report has been prepared and tabled in accordance with section 72 of the Nuclear Safety and Control Act.
President and Chief Executive Officer,
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
Table of Contents
- Message from the President
- Canada's nuclear regulator
- Safety starts with people like us – The CNSC staff and their commitment
- The CNSC's regulatory objective
- Commission members
- Commission operations
- Financial review and highlights
- CNSC management team
- Financial statements
- Annex to the statement of management responsibility including internal control over financial reporting 2018–19
- Annex A: Commission hearings and hearings in writing in 2018–19.
- Annex B: Regulatory framework projects published or completed in 2018–19
Message from the President
I am pleased to present to you my first annual report as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). As I look back on my first year in this role, I am proud of the work we have accomplished together.
Prior to my appointment, I had the pleasure of serving as a CNSC Commission member for almost six years. For more than 30 years before that, I worked as a scientist and nuclear engineer. This is to say that I have a great appreciation for the work that the CNSC and its staff carry out.
This annual report features short employee profiles in addition to the details about our regulatory program activities. These brief biographies of CNSC staff give readers a more personal look at the people who commit themselves to the CNSC’s work regulating the use of nuclear energy and materials in Canada to protect health, safety and the environment.
I would also like to touch on the CNSC’s four key priorities:
- to have a modern approach to nuclear regulation
- to be a trusted regulator
- to maintain our global nuclear inﬂuence
- to improve management effectiveness
A modern approach to nuclear regulation follows science-based, risk-informed and technically sound regulatory practices that take into account uncertainties and evolving expectations. It means ensuring we have a strong regulatory safety culture that encourages open, professional and respectful scientific debate. A modern approach also allows us to evaluate the regulatory implications of new and innovative nuclear technologies, and to ensure that the CNSC is ready to regulate Canada’s nuclear sector today and in the future.
Being a trusted regulator means being recognized by the public, Indigenous peoples and industry as independent, strong, competent and transparent, and as a credible source of scientific, technical and regulatory information.
The key to maintaining our global inﬂuence is to collaborate more closely and more frequently, and to do so with a clear purpose. Cooperation, whether domestic or international, is vital to ensuring international nuclear safety. While nuclear energy is being phased out in some countries, it is expanding in many others, bringing with it new and developing regulatory frameworks and infrastructure. It is important that we at the CNSC continue sharing our own best practices and knowledge, while also learning from others. It is part of our commitment to continuous improvement.
The CNSC will continue to improve management effectiveness to ensure that it is agile, highly skilled, representative of Canada’s diverse population, and that it is supported by modern management practices and tools that allow us to respond to an evolving workforce and industry.
Finally, in addition to these priorities, I have made it a personal goal to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – or STEM disciplines – especially for girls and women. What better way to adapt to a changing world than to infuse our industry with new energy and new perspectives – and ensure that it is attracting the best and brightest of all genders. I am proud to work for an organization that values diversity and inclusion.
The first year of my presidency has been incredibly enriching and informative and I look forward to continuing my work with the many stakeholders who have a vested interest in our regulatory activities.
Canada's Nuclear Regulator
Who we are
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) regulates all nuclear facilities and activities in Canada, including the nuclear fuel cycle.
What is the Nuclear Fuel Cycle?
The nuclear fuel cycle starts with uranium mining, followed by the processing of uranium into fuel for nuclear power plants. After the fuel has been used in nuclear reactors, the CNSC also regulates the safe management of the nuclear waste. Beyond the fuel cycle, the CNSC monitors and ensures the safe use of nuclear materials in medicine, research and other industries.
Uranium Mines and Mills
Nuclear Processing and Research
Nuclear Power Generation
Nuclear Substances and Transportation
National Security & International Commitments