CNSC Leading Canada's Delegation

Sixth Review Meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety

Published: March 24, 2014

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will lead Canada’s mission at the Sixth Review Meeting for the Convention on Nuclear Safety, held from March 24 to April 4, 2014, at the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria.

The Convention aims to achieve higher levels of nuclear safety worldwide. It requires each participating state, including Canada, to submit national reports, which are submitted to a peer review process.

“Canada continues to demonstrate its strong commitment to the Convention and the triennial review process” said CNSC’s Ramzi Jammal, head of the national delegation.

“We lead by example in promoting nuclear safety worldwide, by being open and transparent and making public both our national report and the responses to questions raised from peer review in advance of the meeting.”

Since the Fukushima accident, the CNSC has established a comprehensive Action Plan to ensure that lessons learned from the event are applied in Canada to enhance the safety of our nuclear facilities.

“We have made significant progress in implementing the Action Plan,” shares Mr. Jammal.

“It is worth highlighting to Canadians that our response to Fukushima was subject, from a very early point, to international scrutiny through a formal review conducted by the IAEA at the request of the CNSC. We were, in fact, the first country in the world to request such review and we have since addressed all suggestions made by the IAEA’s experts.”

Canada's report

Canada’s comprehensive national report describes the CNSC’s regulatory oversight and systematic monitoring of safety-related programs and their implementation by licensees.

Report highlights:

  • Canada continues to take legislative, regulatory and operational measures to implement its obligations under the Convention, and to improve safety.
  • Challenges identified for Canada at the Fifth Review Meeting have been addressed, including:
    • implementation of probabilistic safety reviews
    • addressing the potential human resource shortage across the industry, in anticipation of new-build projects and refurbishment activities
    • completion of severe accident management guidelines and validation, and their incorporation into emergency preparedness programs
  • The effectiveness of Canada’s response to Fukushima and Canada’s safety improvements was confirmed through international benchmarking.

Did you know: Canada was one of the first signatories of the Convention on Nuclear Safety, which came into force on October 24, 1996.

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