Cost Recovery Program

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission's (CNSC) Cost Recovery Program provides an equitable approach to the financing of the CNSC's regulatory activities by charging the licensees all costs associated to the regulatory regime.

Hourly rate effective April 1, 2019

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Cost Recovery Fees Regulations (Regulations) provide a mechanism for the CNSC to annually revise the hourly rate, in order to recover full costs. The CNSC conducted this yearly review in compliance with the Regulations, and determined that the hourly rate will increase to $270/hour effective April 1, 2019.

Formula fees effective April 1, 2019

In addition to the hourly rate, the Regulations set the formulas used to determine both the annual and one-time initial application assessment fees related to licences for nuclear substances and radiation devices, along with licences for Class II nuclear facilities and prescribed equipment. The CNSC has revised its 2019–20 formula fees to recover an increased portion of its regulatory costs. Effective April 1, 2019, adjustments have been made to increase the number of base and variable hours associated with regulatory activities. These adjustments were calculated after a review of the allocation of work efforts charged to licensees. The exact fee adjustment will differ for each licensee and will depend on variables such as licence type, number of locations and number of devices/equipment.

Licence fee schedules

Paying your fees

Regulatory references

Licensing fees for low energy particle accelerator

The CNSC has a new policy concerning the regulation of low energy particle accelerators. Accelerators operating at a beam energy of 1 (one) megaelectron-volt (MeV) or greater will now fall under CNSC regulatory authority. Facilities where these accelerators are used must meet the requirements of the NSCA and applicable regulations, and must now operate under an appropriate Class II nuclear facility licence. There are specific licensing fees associated with these types of accelerators:

Cost Recovery Advisory Group

The CNSC's Cost Recovery Advisory Group (CRAG) is a vehicle through which representatives from the nuclear sector are given the opportunity to provide feedback on the operational management of CNSC's cost recovery program.

Need more information?

If you need more information about the CNSC's Cost Recovery Program, contact the CNSC:

Finance and Administration Directorate
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
280 Slater Street
P.O. Box 1046, Station B
Ottawa, ON  K1P 5S9

Phone: 1-888-229-2672
Fax: 613-995-5086

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