Regulatory Framework Plan

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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  • Regulations

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

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

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


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


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    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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    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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    The activities that enable effective human performance through the development and implementation of processes to ensure that licensees have sufficient staff in all relevant job areas and they have the necessary knowledge, skills, tools and procedures in place to safely carry out their duties.


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    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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