The CNSC's Hearing Process
Hi, my name is Aurèle
and I work at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
or the CNSC for short.
If a company wants to build, change,
operate or decommission a nuclear facility in Canada,
it must Officially submit a licence application to the CNSC.
Applications are then reviewed by CNSC staff
who make recommendations to the Commission -
an independent tribunal that makes informed, transparent
decisions on the licensing of major nuclear facilities
and nuclear-related activities.
Many factors, such as the project's safety and design
as well as any potential environmental or health impacts,
are taken into consideration.
For major nuclear facilities, a public hearing is usually held.
When you imagine a hearing, think of a court-like setting
with evidence being presented and questions being asked.
To inform the public that a hearing will take place,
the CNSC posts a Notice about it on its website.
The notice contains details about the hearing
and information on how the public can participate.
The CNSC also places ads in local newspapers
to inform the public of the upcoming hearing.
To participate, you can fill out an online form,
send us an email or contact us by phone.
Submit your comments in writing by the advertised deadline,
explaining how you are affected by the activity or project
and what information or expertise you have
that will help the Commission in making its decision.
You may also have the possibility of making an oral
presentation during the hearing,
based on the key points of your written comments.
The information you submit is available to the public.
Public hearings are also webcast live as they happen,
and are later posted to our website.
Financial assistance may be available for intervenors
through the CNSC's Participant Funding Program.
Once the public hearing has adjourned,
the Commission reviews all information presented to it
before making a decision whether to issue or amend a license.
If the Commission grants a license,
CNSC staff conducts inspections, audits
and uses other tools to make sure all conditions
contained in the license are met.
For more information,
please visit us online.
Visit the CNSC's YouTube Channel. Check out the CNSC videos explaining the nuclear sector in Canada, and how it remains safe through our regulations. You can explore our "Ask an Expert" video playlists, or catch up on past Commission hearings and meeting presentations.
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