Consultation with the public, licensees and interested organizations is an important part of the process the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) uses to develop many of the regulatory tools within its regulatory framework. The CNSC welcomes public input on draft documents that are open for consultation.

Each document is made available for public comment for a specified period of time. At the end of the consultation period, CNSC staff review all public input. Public comments are then posted for feedback on the CNSC website. Please note that comments submitted, including names and affiliations, are intended to be made public, in the official language in which they were received.

A consultation report is then prepared to summarize the feedback.

Consultations can also be found on the Consulting with Canadians website.

Comment on draft regulatory documents

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REGDOC-3.1.2, Reporting Requirements for Non-Power Reactor Class I Facilities and Uranium Mines and Mills

(Draft REGDOC-3.1.2 HTML) (Draft REGDOC-3.1.2 PDF)

  • Request for information – Reporting Requirements for Non-Power Reactor Class I Facilities and Uranium Mines and Mills (PDF)

Consultation is open until September 9, 2016

Draft REGDOC-1.1.3, License Application Guide: Licence to operate a Nuclear Power Plant

(Draft REGDOC-1.1.3 HTML) (Draft REGDOC-1.1.3 PDF)

  • Request for Information – Licence Application Guide: Licence to Operate a Nuclear Power Plant (PDF)
Consultation is open until July 30, 2016

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Comment on discussion papers

Discussion papers play an important role in the selection and development of the CNSC's requirements or guidance. They are used to solicit early public feedback on CNSC policies or approaches. The use of discussion papers early in the regulatory process underlines the CNSC's commitment to a transparent consultation process. The CNSC analyzes and considers this early feedback when determining the type and nature of requirements and guidance to issue. This process is intended to streamline document development and publishing.

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Small Modular Reactors: Regulatory Strategy, Approaches and Challenges
(DIS-16-04 HTML) (DIS-16-04 PDF)
Consultation on discussion paper DIS-16-04 is open until September 28, 2016
Radioactive waste management and decommissioning

(DIS-16-03 HTML) (DIS-16-03 PDF)

Consultation on discussion paper DIS-16-03 is open until September 12, 2016
Radiation Protection and Dosimetry

(DIS-16-02 HTML) (DIS-16-02 PDF)

Consultation on discussion paper DIS-16-02 is open until September 26, 2016
How the CNSC Considers Information on Costs and Benefits: Opportunities to Improve Guidance and Clarity

(DIS-16-01 HTML) (DIS-16-01 PDF)

The period for providing feedback on comments has been extended until August 12, 2016

View the history of discussion papers

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Comment on proposed new regulations or amendments to regulations

When required, the CNSC puts forward proposals for new regulations or proposed amendments to existing Regulations under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act. The proposed amendments, regulations and documents are made available to the public for comment.

The Canada Gazette is the official newspaper of the Government of Canada. It publishes all formal public notices and official appointments, proposed regulations, regulations and bills tabled in Parliament.

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There are currently no regulations open for consultation  

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To request a paper copy of a draft document or for more information, contact the CNSC.

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For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.