Regulatory oversight reports on the use of nuclear substances

Updated March 13, 2017

The use of nuclear substances is regulated by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and requires compliance with the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, CNSC regulations and licence conditions.

These reports describe the safety performance of licensees using nuclear substances in medical, industrial and commercial applications, as well as for academic and research purposes. Safety performance is measured in terms of licensees' regulatory compliance and occupational doses. The report also includes a summary or reported events and orders issued by the CNSC.

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

Overall performance highlights

In 2015

  • Licensees continued to maintain appropriate safety programs to protect the health and safety of Canadians and the environment
  • 88.7 per cent of licensees continued to ensure that exposure of workers and the public to ionizing radiation remained as low as reasonably achievable
  • Over 1,568 inspections were performed by CNSC staff
  • Generally satisfactory compliance ratings for the operating performance, radiation protection and security safety and control areas
  • 21 enforcement actions taken against licensees to protect the health and safety of workers, the Canadian public and the environment; satisfactory corrective measures implemented by all licensees
  • 156 reported events were assessed by CNSC staff