CNSC Regulatory Framework Plan 2021-2026

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission's (CNSC's) Regulatory Framework Plan sets out the regulations and regulatory documents that the CNSC plans to develop or amend. The CNSC's regulatory framework consists of laws passed by Parliament that govern the regulation of Canada's nuclear industry, and regulations, licences and documents that the CNSC uses to regulate the industry.

In keeping with the CNSC's commitment to stakeholder engagement, comments on specific documents, regulations and on the Plan are welcome at any time. Comments received will not be formally dispositioned, but will be used by the CNSC to evaluate the need for future amendments, and to make adjustments to the Plan.

The Plan outlines the regulations and regulatory documents that the CNSC will be developing or amending in the coming years. Aligned with the CNSC's corporate priorities, the plan also considers current developments in the nuclear environment. It is reviewed regularly and adjusted as necessary.

The Plan includes all activities, from policy analysis through to the publication of regulations and regulatory documents. Documents are reviewed at least every five years. After review, the CNSC decides if they are still appropriate, or need to be updated.

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A = Analysis

Ap = Approve

C = Consult

Dc = Decide

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P = Publish

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The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission's (CNSC's) Regulatory Framework Plan sets out the regulations and regulatory documents that the CNSC plans to develop or amend. The CNSC's regulatory framework consists of laws passed by Parliament that govern the regulation of Canada's nuclear industry, and regulations, licences and documents that the CNSC uses to regulate the industry.

In keeping with the CNSC's commitment to stakeholder engagement, comments on specific documents, regulations and on the Plan are welcome at any time. Comments received will not be formally dispositioned, but will be used by the CNSC to evaluate the need for future amendments, and to make adjustments to the Plan.

The Plan outlines the regulations and regulatory documents that the CNSC will be developing or amending in the coming years. Aligned with the CNSC's corporate priorities, the plan also considers current developments in the nuclear environment. It is reviewed regularly and adjusted as necessary.

The Plan includes all activities, from policy analysis through to the publication of regulations and regulatory documents. Documents are reviewed at least every five years. After review, the CNSC decides if they are still appropriate, or need to be updated.

LEGEND

A = Analysis

Ap = Approve

C = Consult

Dc = Decide

D = Develop

P = Publish

H = Hold

Q1 = April - June

Q2 = July – September

Q3 = October – December

Q4 = January - March

Regulatory Framework Plan 2021-2026

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A = Analysis

Ap = Approve

C = Consult

Dc = Decide

D = Develop

P = Publish

H = Hold

Q1 = April - June

Q2 = July – September

Q3 = October – December

Q4 = January - March

Regulations

Under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (NSCA), the Commission has made regulations and by-laws with the approval of the Governor in Council.

Regulations set requirements for all types of licence applications and obligations, and provide for exemptions from licensing. By-laws are in place to govern the management and conduct of the Commission's affairs.

 

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Class II Nuclear Facilities and Prescribed Equipment Regulations

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Class II Nuclear Facilities and Prescribed Equipment Regulations

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Comment on Regulations

 

1.1 Class IA nuclear facilities

The documents in this series apply to Class IA nuclear facilities which include any facility that has a nuclear reactor.

 

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REGDOC-1.1.1, Site Evaluation and Preparation for New Reactor Facilities
FIVE YEAR REVIEW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REGDOC-1.1.2, Licence Application Guide: Licence to Construct a Reactor Facility, Version 2

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REGDOC-1.1.3, Licence Application Guide: Licence to Operate a Nuclear Power Plant 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REGDOC-1.1.4, Licence Application Guide: Licence to Decommission Reactor Facilities

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1.2 Class IB nuclear facilities

Documents in this series apply to Class IB nuclear facilities. Class IB nuclear facilities include high-power particle accelerators, facilities that process, reprocess or separate uranium, thorium or plutonium and facilities that manufacture a product from uranium, thorium or plutonium.

 

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REGDOC-1.2.1, Guidance on Deep Geological Repository Site Characterization

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REGDOC-1.2.2, Licence Application Guide: Processing Facilities

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REGDOC-1.2.3, Licence Application Guide: Deep Geological Repository 

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1.3 Uranium mines and mills

Documents in this series apply to facilities involved in the mining, ore processing and milling of uranium.

Requirements are covered in the Uranium Mines and Mills Regulations.

 

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REGDOC-1.3.1, Licence Application Guide: Uranium Mines and Mills

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1.4 Class II nuclear facilities

Documents in this series apply to Class II nuclear facilities. These facilities are used in medicine, cancer therapy and research.

 

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REGDOC-1.4.1, Licence Application Guide: Class II Facilities and Prescribed Equipment

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1.5 Certification of prescribed equipment

Documents in this series apply to prescribed equipment such as particle accelerators, industrial irradiators and cancer therapy machines.

 

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REGDOC-1.5.1, Licence Application Guide: Certification of Radiation Devices or Class II Prescribed Equipment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1.6 Nuclear substances and radiation devices

Documents in this series apply to the use of nuclear substances and devices listed in the Nuclear Substances and Radiation Devices Regulations. Nuclear substances must be licensed when the quantities involved are greater than the exemption thresholds. Radiation devices are devices that contain nuclear substances.

 

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REGDOC-1.6.1, Licence Application Guide: Nuclear Substances and Radiation Devices, Version 2

 

 

 

 

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RECDOC-1.6.2, Radiation Protection Programs for Nuclear Substances and Radiation Devices Licences

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Comment on Category 1.6 Nuclear substances and radiation devices


2.1 Management system

The framework that establishes the processes and programs required to ensure the organization achieves its safety objectives and continuously monitors its performance against these objectives and fostering a healthy safety culture.

 

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REGDOC-2.1.1, Management System

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2.2 Human performance management

The framework that establishes the processes and programs required to ensure the organization achieves its safety objectives and continuously monitors its performance against these objectives and fostering a healthy safety culture.

 

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REGDOC-2.2.1, Human and Organizational Factors

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REGDOC-2.2.2, Personnel Training, Version 2

 

 

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REGDOC-2.2.3, Personnel Certification, Volume I: Radiation Safety Officers, Version 2

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REGDOC-2.2.3, Personnel Certification, Volume II: Exposure Device Operators

 

 

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REGDOC-2.2.3, Personnel Certification, Volume III: Certification of Reactor Facility Worker, version 2

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REGDOC-2.2.3, Personnel Certification, Volume IV: Certification Examination and Requalification Testing of Reactor Facility Workers

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REGDOC-2.2.4, Fitness for Duty, Volume I: Managing Worker Fatigue

 

 

 

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REGDOC-2.2.4, Fitness for duty, Volume II: Managing Drug and Alcohol Use

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REGDOC-2.2.4, Fitness for Duty, Volume III: Nuclear Security Officer Medical, Physical, and Psychological Fitness

 

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REGDOC-2.2.5, Minimum Staff Complement

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2.3 Operating performance

A safe and secure operation of the regulated facility with adequate regard for health, safety, security, environmental protection and international obligations. This includes an overall review of the conduct of the licensed activities and the activities that enable effective performance.

 

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REGDOC-2.3.1, Conduct of Licensed Activities: Construction and Commission Programs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REGDOC-2.3.3, Periodic Safety Reviews

 

 

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2.4 Safety Analysis

Safety Analysis is a systematic evaluation of the potential hazards associated with the conduct of a proposed activity or facility and that considers the effectiveness of preventative measures and strategies in reducing the effects of such hazards.

 

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REGDOC-2.4.1, Deterministic Safety Analysis, Version 2

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REGDOC-2.4.3, Nuclear Criticality Safety, Version 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2.5 Physical design

Relates to the activities that impact on the ability of systems, components and structures to meet and maintain their design basis given new information arising over time and taking changes in the external environment into account.

 

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REGDOC-2.5.1, General Design Considerations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REGDOC-2.5.2, Design of Reactor Facilities, Version 3

 

 

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REGDOC-2.5.4, Design of Uranium Mines and Mills, Version 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REGDOC-2.5.5, Design of Radiography Installations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2.6 Fitness for service

The activities that impact on the physical condition of systems, components and structures to ensure that they remain effective over time. This includes programs that ensure all equipment is available to perform its intended design function when called upon to do so.

 

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2.7 Radiation protection

The implementation of a radiation protection program in accordance with the Radiation Protection Regulations. This program must ensure that contamination and radiation doses received are monitored and controlled.

 

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REGDOC-2.7.1, Radiation Protection

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REGDOC-2.7.2, Dosimetry, Volume II: Technical and Quality Assurance Requirements for Dosimetry Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REGDOC-2.7.3 Radiation Protection Guidelines for Safe Handling of Decedents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2.8 Conventional health and safety

The implementation of a program to manage workplace safety hazards and to protect personnel and equipment.

 

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REGDOC-2.8.1, Conventional Health and Safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2.9 Environmental protection

Programs that identify, control and monitor all releases of radioactive and hazardous substances and effects on the environment from facilities or as the result of licensed activities.

 

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REGDOC-2.9.1, Environmental Protection: Environmental Principles, Assessments and Protection Measures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGDOC-2.9.2, Environmental Protection: Controlling Releases to the Environment

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2.10 Emergency management and fire protection

The emergency plans and emergency preparedness programs that exist for emergencies and for non-routine conditions. This also includes any results of exercise participation.

 

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REGDOC-2.10.2, Fire Protection

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Comment on Category 2.10 Emergency management and fire protection


2.11 Waste management

The internal waste-related programs that form part of the facility's operations up to the point where the waste is removed from the facility to a separate waste management facility. Also covers the planning for decommissioning.

 

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REGDOC-2.11, Framework for Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning in Canada

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REGDOC-2.11.1, Waste Management, Volume I: Management of Radioactive Waste

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REGDOC-2.11.1,  Waste Management, Volume II: Management of Uranium Mine Waste Rock and Mill Tailings

 

 

 

 

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REGDOC-2.11.1, Waste Management, Volume III: Safety Case for Long-Term Radioactive Waste Management, Version 2