Ages 14-18: Educational Resources
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) makes and enforces rules for the nuclear sector to protect Canadians and the environment.
The CNSC also ensures that measures are in place to keep nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists and that Canadian nuclear technology is not used to make weapons of any kind.
As part of its activities, the CNSC grants licences to organizations. Licences allow organizations to conduct different activities, like mining uranium, operating a nuclear power plant or running a nuclear medicine department in a hospital.
Long before a licence is in place, and after companies start working with nuclear materials, the CNSC regularly checks on safety issues to make sure that licensees are keeping their activities safe for Canadians.
The CNSC is responsible for other things too. Like helping people understand the effects of radiation by making Web sites like this one to teach you about radiation and nuclear energy.
Being prepared in the event of an emergency is an essential part of CNSC’s role. It has a comprehensive emergency preparedness program in place to always be ready.
Because the nuclear industry is strictly regulated, it has one of the highest safety records of all industries.