Ages 14-18: Educational Resources
Laws and regulations
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) gets its authority from the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and its regulations. It is the CNSC's job to enforce the rules set out by these legal documents.
The CNSC is made up of a staff of experts in radiation science, nuclear engineering, law and other areas, as well as a special group of people known as the Commission. The Commission makes decisions on the licensing of major nuclear facilities, like uranium mines, research facilities and nuclear power plants.
For instance, the Commission's decisions can allow a company to start building a new uranium mine or allow a nuclear power plant to continue its operations.
The Commission includes up to seven permanent appointed members who have experience in different areas such as environmental assessments, engineering and mining.
The Commission holds public hearings and meetings. Public hearings are open and members of the public are welcome to observe or participate.
You can watch the Commission public hearings and meetings by Webcast.
Image: Commission hearings give all Canadians the opportunity to voice their opinion and concerns about nuclear activities.