How the CNSC Protects Canadians
Imagine you’re in charge of safety in your home. You might walk around your house taking stock of all the possible risks and noting areas for improvement. You may even call a meeting with family members to discuss these risks, and to make a list of rules to ensure everyone’s safety and to protect your home.
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) does just this, except that it is protecting the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment. As Canada’s independent nuclear regulator, the CNSC regulates the entire nuclear lifecycle – which includes uranium mines and mills, nuclear power plants and reactors, nuclear substances and devices, and waste management. The CNSC makes decisions based on the most current scientific information and provides extensive reasons for those decisions.
The CNSC has a mandate to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public. As part of this mandate, it will be holding two “Meet the Nuclear Regulator” open houses for Ottawa-Gatineau area residents to learn about how the CNSC regulates the nuclear industry. One session will be in Ottawa and the other will be in Gatineau, June 12 and 15.
“Meet the Nuclear Regulator” open house sessions are held in communities that host nuclear facilities. They offer an opportunity for residents to ask questions on how the CNSC regulates the nuclear industry, including why there is a need to regulate nuclear energy and materials, and to learn more about licensees’ responsibilities and the CNSC’s responsibilities.
The CNSC is committed to ongoing dialogue with the public about its role in protecting Canadians, their health and the environment through effective nuclear regulation. This dialogue continues to be a priority for the CNSC as it delivers its mandate and strives to be the best nuclear regulator in the world.
Nuclear facilities and activities are a part of Canadian life, and the CNSC strives to ensure that these are among the safest and most secure in the world while increasing awareness of its role. If there’s one thing the public should know about Canada’s nuclear regulator, it’s this: the CNSC will never compromise safety.