Regulatory Oversight Report for Nuclear Processing, Small Research Reactor and Class IB Accelerator Facilities

Updated July 25, 2017

Notice of public meeting and participant funding

On December 13 or 14, 2017, the CNSC will hold a public meeting during which CNSC staff will present its Regulatory Oversight Report for Uranium and Nuclear Substance Processing Facilities in Canada: 2016. This report provides CNSC staff’s assessment of the safety performance of licensees and their facilities authorized by the CNSC for the processing of uranium and nuclear substances in Canada in 2016.

Members of the public and Indigenous groups who have an interest or expertise on this matter are invited to comment, in writing, on the report. Through its Participant Funding Program, the CNSC is offering a total of $25,000 in funding to assist in the review of this report and the provision of written submissions to the Commission.

Important dates:

Each year from 2012 to 2014, the CNSC published a regulatory oversight report on the performance of Canada's uranium and nuclear substance processing facilities. In 2015, to better align the reporting requirements for CNSC-licensed facilities, the operating performance of small nuclear research reactor and Class IB particle accelerator facilities was included for the first time in the report.

2015 (PDF) (HTML) | 2014 (PDF) (HTML) | 2013 (PDF) (HTML) | 2012 (PDF)

Overall performance highlights: Regulatory Oversight Report for Nuclear Processing, Small Research Reactor and Class IB Accelerator Facilities: 2015

This report focuses on three safety and control areas (SCAs): radiation protection, environmental protection, and conventional health and safety. These three SCAs provide a good overall indication of the safety performance for the facilities discussed in this report. This report also highlights a discussion on public information programs, ratings for all 14 SCAs, reportable events, any significant facility modifications and areas of increased regulatory focus.

For 2015, the performance in all 14 SCAs for the facilities was as follows:

  • Uranium processing facilities were rated as "satisfactory" or better.
  • Nuclear substance processing facilities were rated as "satisfactory" or better with the exception of Best Theratronics Ltd., which received a "below expectations" rating in emergency management and fire protection.
  • Small nuclear research reactor facilities were rated as "satisfactory" or better.
  • Class IB particle accelerator facilities were rated as "satisfactory" or better with the exception of Canadian Light Source Inc., which received a "below expectations" rating in human performance management.

CNSC staff concluded that, in 2015, each of the regulated facilities discussed in this report made adequate provision for the health and safety of workers, as well as the protection of the public and the environment, and for meeting Canada's international obligations on the peaceful use of nuclear materials.