Regulatory Framework Plan

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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.


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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