CNSC’s Regulatory Stock Review Plan

Overview

This Regulatory Stock Review Plan is a public list and description of planned reviews of regulations made under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act (NSCA), that the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is planning to review over the next 10 years. It is intended to give Canadians, including businesses, Indigenous peoples, and trading partners, greater opportunity to inform the reviews of regulations and plan for the future.

The NSCA came into force on May 31, 2000, when it replaced the Atomic Energy Control Act. It established the CNSC and set out the CNSC's mandate, responsibilities and powers. The NSCA provided the CNSC with the authority to regulate the development, production and use of nuclear energy, and the production, possession and use of nuclear substances, prescribed equipment and prescribed information in Canada.

Under the NSCA, the Commission has implemented regulations and by-laws with the approval of the Governor in Council. The CNSC’s regulatory review ensures that Canada continues to have regulatory instruments that make expectations clear for licensees, the public, Indigenous groups and other stakeholders. The review focuses on modernizing the CNSC’s regulatory framework to reflect the latest domestic and international developments in nuclear safety and security.

The stock review plan is adjusted and updated over time to reflect CNSC’s regulatory priorities and operational experience.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission welcomes feedback on this Regulatory Stock Review Plan, and on the various components of our regulatory framework, at any time. Feedback can be emailed to cnsc.consultation.ccsn@canada.ca.

Regulatory Stock Review Plan: 2019 – 2029


Enabling Act: Nuclear Safety and Control Act

Rationale: The regulations are undergoing review to reflect best practices for the safeguarding of nuclear material, thereby ensuring continued effective reporting and monitoring of nuclear materials and activities in Canada. A broader review of the regulations will follow to reflect the latest domestic and international developments in nuclear regulation.

Narrative: Provide general regulations with respect to licence applications and renewals, exemptions, obligations of licensees, prescribed nuclear facilities and equipment, and information, contamination, record keeping and inspections.

Regulations Apply to: All nuclear facilities and CNSC licensees and applicants.

Stakeholder Feedback: The CNSC will seek feedback from stakeholders, industry and Indigenous peoples as part of the regulatory review. Information on future consultation opportunities will be made available prior to finalizing the regulatory review.

Date of last amendment(s): 2007 (amendment), 2008 (amendment), 2015 (amendment)

Targeted start for review: Currently under review (see Forward regulatory plan: General Nuclear Safety and Control Regulations)

For further information:

Departmental contact:

Lynn Forrest
Director, Regulatory Framework Division
lynn.forrest@canada.ca
(613) 995-2705


Enabling Act: Nuclear Safety and Control Act

Rationale: The regulations will be updated to reflect changes to the violations that are subject to administrative monetary policies under the NSCA.

Narrative: Provide the list of violations that are subject to administrative monetary penalties (AMPs) under the NSCA, the method and criteria by which the penalty amounts will be determined, and the manner in which notices of violations must be served.

Regulations Apply to: All persons subject to the NSCA.

Stakeholder Feedback: The CNSC will seek feedback from stakeholders, industry and Indigenous peoples as part of the regulatory review. Information on future consultation opportunities will be made available prior to finalizing the regulatory review.

Date of last amendment(s): 2013, 2015 (amendment), 2017 (amendment)

Targeted start for review: 2022

For further information:

Departmental contact:

Lynn Forrest
Director, Regulatory Framework Division
lynn.forrest@canada.ca
(613) 995-2705


Enabling Act: Nuclear Safety and Control Act

Rationale: The International Commission on Radiological Protection has introduced new international standards and recommendations, which are being incorporated into the Regulations to ensure they continue to meet international standards.

Narrative: Provide radiation dose limits, action limits, and requirements for labeling and signage, and require licensees to implement radiation protection programs that keep exposure to ionizing radiation below regulatory limits and as low as reasonably achievable.

Regulations Apply to: All nuclear facilities and CNSC licensees and applicants.

Stakeholder Feedback: Discussion paper DIS-13-01 was published in August 2013 to seek feedback from licensees, the Canadian public, Indigenous groups and other stakeholders, on the CNSC's regulatory proposals to amend these Regulations. The paper highlights a number of desired changes, including harmonizing with new international requirements where appropriate, clarifying requirements and addressing gaps that were identified post Fukushima, and lessons learned over time. The What We Heard Report summarizes the comments received during consultation.

The regulatory proposal was pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I.

Date of last amendment(s): 2007 (amendment), 2015 (amendment), 2017 (amendment)

Targeted start for review: Currently under review (see Forward regulatory plan: Radiation Protection Regulations)

For further information:

Departmental contact:

Lynn Forrest
Director, Regulatory Framework Division
lynn.forrest@canada.ca
(613) 995-2705


Enabling Act: Nuclear Safety and Control Act

Rationale: The regulations will be reviewed to reflect the latest domestic and international developments in nuclear regulation.

Narrative: Provide requirements with respect to licence applications for a licence to prepare site, construct, operate and decommission; personnel certifications; record-keeping; and set timelines for regulatory reviews.

Regulations Apply to: Nuclear facilities including nuclear reactors, large particle accelerators, nuclear processing plants, fuel fabrication plants and waste disposal facilities.

Stakeholder Feedback: The CNSC will seek feedback from stakeholders, industry and Indigenous peoples as part of the regulatory review. Information on future consultation opportunities will be made available prior to finalizing the regulatory review.

Date of last amendment(s): 2007 (amendment), 2008 (amendment), 2012 (amendment), 2015 (amendment), 2017 (amendment)

Targeted start for review: 2022

For further information:

Departmental contact:

Lynn Forrest
Director, Regulatory Framework Division
lynn.forrest@canada.ca
(613) 995-2705


Enabling Act: Nuclear Safety and Control Act

Rationale: The regulations will be reviewed to reflect the latest domestic and international developments in nuclear regulation.

Narrative: Provide requirements for licence applications, certification of prescribed equipment, radiation protection and record keeping.

Regulations Apply to: Class II facilities and Class II prescribed equipment licensees and applicants.

Stakeholder Feedback: The CNSC will seek feedback from stakeholders, industry and Indigenous peoples as part of the regulatory review. Information on future consultation opportunities will be made available prior to finalizing the regulatory review.

Date of last amendment(s): 2008 (amendment), 2010 (amendment)

Targeted start for review: 2019

For further information:

Departmental contact:

Lynn Forrest
Director, Regulatory Framework Division
lynn.forrest@canada.ca
(613) 995-2705


Enabling Act: Nuclear Safety and Control Act

Rationale: The regulations will be reviewed to reflect the latest domestic and international developments in nuclear regulation.

Narrative: Provide requirements for site preparation, construction, operation, decommissioning and abandonment of uranium mines and mills, including licensees' obligations with respect to operating procedures, codes of practice, ventilation systems, use of respirators, protection from gamma radiation, record-keeping and set timelines for regulatory reviews.

Regulations Apply to: Uranium mine and mill licensees and applicants.

Stakeholder Feedback: The CNSC will seek feedback from stakeholders, industry and Indigenous peoples as part of the regulatory review. Information on future consultation opportunities will be made available prior to finalizing the regulatory review.

Date of last amendment(s): 2007 (amendment), 2012 (amendment), 2015 (amendment), 2017 (amendment)

Targeted start for review: 2022

For further information:

Departmental contact:

Lynn Forrest
Director, Regulatory Framework Division
lynn.forrest@canada.ca
(613) 995-2705


Enabling Act: Nuclear Safety and Control Act

Rationale: The regulations will be reviewed to reflect the latest domestic and international developments in nuclear regulation.

Narrative: Provide requirements for the licensing and certification of nuclear substances and radiation devices, use of radiation devices and record keeping.

Regulations Apply to: All nuclear substances, sealed sources, radiation devices, licensees and applicants.

Stakeholder Feedback: The CNSC will seek feedback from stakeholders, industry and Indigenous peoples as part of the regulatory review. Information on future consultation opportunities will be made available prior to finalizing the regulatory review.

Date of last amendment(s): 2008 (amendment), 2010 (amendment), 2015 (amendment)

Targeted start for review: 2019

For further information:

Departmental contact:

Lynn Forrest
Director, Regulatory Framework Division
lynn.forrest@canada.ca
(613) 995-2705


Enabling Act: Nuclear Safety and Control Act

Rationale: The regulations will be reviewed to reflect the latest domestic and international developments in nuclear regulation.

Narrative: Provide requirements for licences to transport, transport of nuclear substances and record keeping, as well as requirements for the design and certification of packages, special form radioactive material and other prescribed equipment. For the purpose of these regulations, the CNSC Packaging and Transport of Nuclear Substances Regulations, 2015 incorporate by reference the International Atomic Energy Agency Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material.

Regulations Apply to: All persons transporting or offering for transport nuclear substances, including nuclear facilities, and CNSC licensees and applicants.

Stakeholder Feedback: The CNSC will seek feedback from stakeholders, industry and Indigenous peoples as part of the regulatory review. Information on future consultation opportunities will be made available prior to finalizing the regulatory review.

Date of last amendment(s): 2010 (amendment), 2015 (amendment)

Targeted start for review: 2021

For further information:

Departmental contact:

Lynn Forrest
Director, Regulatory Framework Division
lynn.forrest@canada.ca
(613) 995-2705


Enabling Act: Nuclear Safety and Control Act

Rationale: The regulations will be reviewed to reflect the latest domestic and international developments in nuclear regulation.

Narrative: Part I defines security-related information requirements and general obligations for a licence application. It also includes information about security requirements for high-security sites. Part II provides security-related requirements for licensing and operation of lower-risk facilities.

Regulations Apply to: Any CNSC licensee and applicant with respect to Category I, II and III nuclear material and high-security sites.

Stakeholder Feedback: Stakeholder consultations on the draft policy intent were conducted in 2016–2017 (workshop report).

Date of last amendment(s): 2010 (amendment), 2015 (amendment), 2015 (amendment)

Targeted start for review: Currently under review (see Forward regulatory plan: Nuclear Security Regulations)

For further information:

Departmental contact:

Lynn Forrest
Director, Regulatory Framework Division
lynn.forrest@canada.ca
(613) 995-2705


Enabling Act: Nuclear Safety and Control Act

Rationale: The regulations are undergoing review to update the regulatory control of the imports or exports of controlled nuclear and nuclear-related dual use substances, equipment and technology (Nuclear Suppliers Group control list). A broader review of the regulations will follow to reflect the latest domestic and international developments in nuclear regulation.

Narrative: Provide requirements for a licence application to import or export controlled nuclear substances, controlled nuclear equipment or controlled nuclear information, in addition to exemptions from licensing for certain import and export activities.

Regulations Apply to: Any CNSC licensee or applicant with respect to import and export activities.

Stakeholder Feedback: Discussion paper DIS-15-01 was published in March 2015 to seek feedback from licensees, the Canadian public and other stakeholders on the CNSC’s regulatory proposal to amend these regulations. The paper highlights several proposed changes, including increased clarity for many entries, clarification of reporting requirements for nuclear-grade graphite and a more practical approach to exporting prescribed information through intangible means (e.g., downloads, email). The What We Heard Report summarizes the comments received during consultation.

The CNSC is developing the regulatory proposal for publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I, scheduled for 2020.

Date of last amendment(s): 2007 (amendment), 2010 (amendment), 2015 (amendment), 2015 (amendment)

Targeted start for review: Currently under review (see Forward regulatory plan: Nuclear Non-proliferation Import and Export Control Regulations)

For further information:

Departmental contact:

Lynn Forrest
Director, Regulatory Framework Division
lynn.forrest@canada.ca
(613) 995-2705


Enabling Act: Nuclear Safety and Control Act

Rationale: The regulations will be reviewed to reflect any changes to the cost recovery fee.

Narrative: Set regulatory fees for provision of information, products and services, and prescribe the method of calculating the fees that may be charged for a licence or class of licence.

Regulations Apply to: All nuclear facilities and CNSC licensees and applicants.

Stakeholder Feedback: The CNSC will seek feedback from stakeholders, industry and Indigenous peoples as part of the regulatory review. Information on future consultation opportunities will be made available prior to finalizing the regulatory review.

Date of last amendment(s): 2008 (amendment), 2015 (amendment)

Targeted start for review: Currently under review.

For further information:

Departmental contact:

Lynn Forrest
Director, Regulatory Framework Division
lynn.forrest@canada.ca
(613) 995-2705


Enabling Act: Nuclear Safety and Control Act

Rationale: The regulations will be reviewed to reflect any updates to the rules of procedure.

Narrative: Provide the procedures for CNSC’s decision making, public hearings, opportunities to be heard, licence appeals and orders.

Regulations Apply to: The CNSC.

Stakeholder Feedback: The CNSC will seek feedback from stakeholders, industry and Indigenous peoples as part of the regulatory review. Information on future consultation opportunities will be made available prior to finalizing the regulatory review.

Date of last amendment(s): 2007 (amendment)

Targeted start for review: 2021

For further information:

Departmental contact:

Lynn Forrest
Director, Regulatory Framework Division
lynn.forrest@canada.ca
(613) 995-2705


Enabling Act: Nuclear Safety and Control Act

Rationale: Commission By-laws will be reviewed.

Narrative: Provide for management and conduct of Commission meetings and affairs, the responsibilities of the Secretariat, and quorum.

Regulations Apply to: The CNSC and all nuclear facilities, and CNSC licensees and applicants.

Stakeholder Feedback: The CNSC will seek feedback from stakeholders, industry and Indigenous peoples as part of the regulatory review. Information on future consultation opportunities will be made available prior to finalizing the regulatory review.

Date of last amendment: 2000

Targeted start for review: 2021

For further information:

Departmental contact:

Lynn Forrest
Director, Regulatory Framework Division
lynn.forrest@canada.ca
(613) 995-2705

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