Regulatory documents generally present both requirements and guidance in a single document and distinguish between both through the use of mandatory (e.g., shall, must) and non-mandatory (e.g., should, may) language.
The CNSC has recently reorganized its regulatory documents in order to develop a sustainable structure that better reflects the CNSC's current approach to regulating the nuclear industry. The new structure presents all existing documents and document projects in a clear and logical manner according to regulated facilities and activities, safety and control areas, and other areas of regulatory interest.
Table of contents
- 1.0 Regulated facilities and activities
- 2.0 Safety and control areas
- 2.1 Management system
- 2.2 Human performance management
- 2.3 Operating performance
- 2.4 Safety analysis
- 2.5 Physical design
- 2.6 Fitness for service
- 2.7 Radiation protection
- 2.8 Conventional health and safety
- 2.9 Environmental protection
- 2.10 Emergency management and fire protection
- 2.11 Waste management
- 2.12 Security
- 2.13 Safeguards and non-proliferation
- 2.14 Packaging and transport
- 3.0 Other regulatory areas
1.0 Regulated facilities and activities
The documents in this category are organized according to the type of regulated facility or activity. They provide guidance to applicants about the information required for licence applications and to licensees about the requirements for conducting the licensed activity. They also point to relevant expectations in the appropriate safety and control areas.
This category includes:
- Class IA facilities (nuclear power plants and other reactor facilities)
- Class IB facilities (for example, nuclear fuel processing facilities and waste facilities)
- Class II facilities (for example, cancer therapy facilities and particle accelerators)
- uranium mines and mills
- certification of prescribed equipment
- nuclear substances and radiation devices
- certification of packages
1.1 Reactor facilities
Class I Facilities Regulations list the required information to be submitted for licence applications, set requirements for the certification of Class I personnel and record-keeping, and establish a 24-month timeline for the regulatory review of whether a site is suitable for the construction and operation of a nuclear facility. The Regulations apply to Class 1A and Class 1B nuclear facilities which include nuclear reactors, high-energy particle accelerators, as well as facilities that handle, process or store large quantities of nuclear substances.
|REGDOC-1.1.1, Site Evaluation and Site Preparation for New Reactor Facilities
|PDF, 129 pages, 906 KB||Published July 2018|
|REGDOC-1.1.2, Licence Application Guide: Licence to Construct a Nuclear Power Plant||PDF, 94 pages, 1810 Kb||Published August 2019|
|REGDOC-1.1.3, Licence Application Guide: Licence to operate a Nuclear Power Plant||PDF, 104 pages, 793 KB||Published September 2017|
|REGDOC-1.1.4, Licence Application Guide: Licence to Decommission Reactor Facilities||Not yet developed||Not yet developed|
|REGDOC-1.1.5, Supplemental Information for Small Modular Reactor Proponents||PDF, 28 pages, 1619 KB||Published August 2019|
1.2 Class IB facilities
Documents in this category apply to class IB nuclear facilities. Class IB facilities include high-power particle accelerators, facilities that process, reprocess or separate uranium, thorium or plutonium and facilities that manufacture a product from uranium, thorium or plutonium.
|REGDOC-1.2.1, Guidance on Deep Geological Repository Site Characterization
||PDF, 22 pages, 228 Kb||Currently under development|
|REGDOC-1.2.2, Licence Application Guide: Processing Facilities||Not yet developed||Not yet developed|
1.3 Uranium mines and mills
Documents in this category apply to facilities involved in the mining, ore processing and milling of uranium.
Requirements are covered in the Uranium Mines and Mills Regulations.
|REGDOC-1.3.1, Licence Application Guide: Uranium Mines and Mills
||Not yet developed||Not yet developed|
1.4 Class II nuclear facilities
Documents in this category apply to Class II nuclear facilities. These facilities are used in medicine, cancer therapy and research.
|REGDOC-1.4.1, Licence Application Guide: Class II Nuclear Facilities and Prescribed Equipment
|PDF, 107 pages, 1340 KB||Currently under development|
1.5 Certification of prescribed equipment
Documents in this category apply to prescribed equipment such as particle accelerators, industrial irradiators and cancer therapy machines.
|REGDOC-1.5.1, Application Guide: Certification of Radiation Devices or Class II Prescribed Equipment
Application form for certification of radiation devices or Class II prescribed equipment | PDF
|PDF, 34 pages, 2771 KB||Published April 2018|
1.6 Nuclear substances and radiation devices
Documents in this category apply to the use of nuclear substances and devices listed in the Nuclear Substances and Radiation Devices Regulations. Nuclear substances must be licensed when the quantities involved are greater than the exemption thresholds. Radiation devices are devices that contain nuclear substances.
|REGDOC-1.6.1, Licence Application Guide: Nuclear Substances and Radiation Devices, version 2
|PDF, 100 pages, 915 KB||Published May 2017|
|REGDOC-1.6.2, Developing and Implementing an Effective Radiation Protection Program for Nuclear Substances and Radiation Device Licences
||PDF, 24 pages, 784 KB||Currently under development|
2.0 Safety and control areas
Safety and control areas are the technical topics used by the CNSC to assess, review, verify and report on regulatory requirements and performance across all regulated facilities and activities. The documents in this category provide requirements and guidance.
2.1 Management system
The framework that establishes the processes and programs required to ensure the organization achieves its safety objectives and continuously monitors its performance against these objectives and fostering a healthy safety culture.
|REGDOC-2.1.1, Management System||PDF, 15 pages, 280 KB||Published May 2019|
|REGDOC-2.1.2, Safety Culture||PDF, 26 pages, 280 KB|
The following CSA standards are relevant to management systems:
2.2 Human performance management
The activities that enable effective human performance through the development and implementation of processes to ensure that licensees have sufficient staff in all relevant job areas and they have the necessary knowledge, skills, tools and procedures in place to safely carry out their duties.
2.3 Operating performance
A safe and secure operation of the regulated facility with adequate regard for health, safety, security, environmental protection and international obligations. This includes an overall review of the conduct of the licensed activities and the activities that enable effective performance.
|REGDOC-2.3.1, Conduct of Licensed Activities: Construction and Commissioning Programs||PDF, 62 pages, 525 KB||Published January 2016|
|REGDOC-2.3.2, Accident Management, version 2||PDF, 36 pages, 507 KB||Published September 2015|
|REGDOC-2.3.3, Periodic Safety Reviews||PDF, 23 pages, 255 KB||Published April 2015|
The following CSA standard is relevant to operating performance:
2.4 Safety analysis
Safety analysis is a systematic evaluation of the potential hazards associated with the conduct of a proposed activity or facility and that considers the effectiveness of preventative measures and strategies in reducing the effects of such hazards.
|REGDOC-2.4.1, Deterministic Safety Analysis
|PDF, 77 pages, 784 KB||Published May 2014|
|REGDOC-2.4.2, Probabilistic Safety Assessment (PSA) for Nuclear Power Plants
|PDF, 13 pages, 252 KB||Published May 2014|
|REGDOC-2.4.3, Nuclear Criticality Safety||PDF, 148 pages, 779 KB||Published February 2019|
|REGDOC-2.4.4, Safety Analysis for Class 1B Facilities||Not yet developed||Not yet developed|
|REGDOC-2.4.5, Safety Criteria for Fuel and Thermalhydraulics||Not yet developed||Not yet developed|
The following CSA standards are relevant to safety analysis:
2.5 Physical design
Relates to the activities that impact on the ability of systems, components and structures to meet and maintain their design basis given new information arising over time and taking changes in the external environment into account.
|REGDOC-2.5.1, General Design Considerations: Human Factors||PDF, 20 pages, 197 KB||Published March 2019|
|REGDOC-2.5.2, Design of Reactor Facilities: Nuclear Power Plants||PDF, 183 pages, 1360 MB||Published May 2014|
|REGDOC-2.5.3, Design of Reactor Facilities: Small Reactors||Not yet developed||Not yet developed|
|REGDOC-2.5.4, Design of Uranium Mines and Mills: Ventilation Systems
|PDF, 21 pages, 222 KB||Published March 2018|
|REGDOC-2.5.5, Design of Industrial Radiography Installations||PDF, 32 pages, 858 KB||Published March 2018|
|REGDOC-2.5.6, Design of Nuclear Substance Laboratories and Nuclear Medicine Rooms||Not yet developed||Not yet developed|
|REGDOC-2.5.7, Design, Testing and Performance of Exposure Device||PDF, 14 pages, 253 KB||Published August 2017|
The following CSA standards are relevant to physical design:
Pressure-retaining systems and components
Concrete containment structures
Seismic design and qualifications
Special safety systems
2.6 Fitness for service
The activities that impact on the physical condition of systems, components and structures to ensure that they remain effective over time. This includes programs that ensure all equipment is available to perform its intended design function when called upon to do so.
|REGDOC-2.6.1, Reliability Programs for Nuclear Power Plants||PDF, 21 pages, 337 KB||Published August 2017|
|REGDOC-2.6.2, Maintenance Programs for Nuclear Power Plants
|PDF, 36 pages, 507 KB||Published August 2017|
|REGDOC-2.6.3, Aging Management||PDF, 36 pages, 404 KB||Published March 2014|
The following CSA standards are relevant to fitness for service:
2.7 Radiation protection
The implementation of a radiation protection program in accordance with the Radiation Protection Regulations. This program must ensure that contamination and radiation doses received are monitored and controlled.
|REGDOC-2.7.1, Radiation Protection
||PDF, 69 pages, 900.12 KB||Currently under development|
|REGDOC-2.7.2, Dosimetry, Volume I: Ascertaining Occupational Dose
||PDF, 97 pages, 2350 KB||Currently under development|
|REGDOC-2.7.2, Dosimetry, Volume II: Technical and Quality Assurance Requirements for Dosimetry Services
||PDF, 66 pages, 663 KB||Currently under developement|
|REGDOC-2.7.3, Radiation Protection Guidelines for the Safe Handling of Decedents||PDF, 22 pages, 252 KB||Published June 2018|
2.8 Conventional health and safety
The implementation of a program to manage workplace safety hazards and to protect personnel and equipment.
|REGDOC-2.8.1, Conventional Health and Safety||PDF, 9 pages, 566 KB||Published July 2019|
The following CSA standards are relevant to conventional health and safety:
2.9 Environmental protection
Programs that identify, control and monitor all releases of radioactive and hazardous substances and effects on the environment from facilities or as the result of licensed activities.
|REGDOC-2.9.1, Environmental Protection: Environmental Principles, Assessments and Protection Measures, version 1.1||PDF, 71 pages, 816 KB||Published April 2017|
The following CSA standards are relevant to environmental protection:
Radiation doses to the public
2.10 Emergency management and fire protection
The emergency plans and emergency preparedness programs that exist for emergencies and for non-routine conditions. This also includes any results of exercise participation.
|REGDOC-2.10.1, Nuclear Emergency Preparedness and Response, Version 2
|PDF, 39 pages, 751 KB||Published February 2017|
|REGDOC-2.10.1, Emergency Management and Fire Protection, Volume II: Framework for Recovery After a Nuclear Emergency||PDF, 41 pages, 507 KB||Currently under development|
|REGDOC-2.10.2, Fire Protection||PDF, 71 pages, 1149 KB||Currently under development|
The following CSA standards are relevant to emergency management and fire protection:
Applicable to emergency management and fire protection are the Federal Nuclear Emergency Plan and the following Health Canada guidelines:
2.11 Waste management
The internal waste-related programs that form part of the facility's operations up to the point where the waste is removed from the facility to a separate waste management facility. Also covers the planning for decommissioning.
|PDF, 13 pages, 177 KB||Published December 2018|
|PDF, 21 pages, 285 KB||Currently under development|
|PDF, 16 pages, 276 KB||Published November 2018|
|PDF, 39 pages, 418 KB||Currently under development|
|PDF, 25 pages, 680 ko||Currently under development|
The following CSA standards are relevant to waste management:
The programs required to implement and support the security requirements stipulated in the regulations, in the licence, in orders or in expectations for the facility or activity.
Certain documents in this section contain prescribed information as defined by subsection 21(1) of the General Nuclear Safety and Control Regulations. Information in the document will be made available only to stakeholders with appropriate security clearance on a valid need to know.
|REGDOC-2.12.1, High Security Facilities, Volume I: Nuclear Response Force, Version 2
Document contains prescribed information.
|Document contains prescribed information.||Published in September 2018|
|REGDOC-2.12.1, High-Security Facilities, Volume II: Criteria for Nuclear Security Systems and Devices
Document contains prescribed information.
|Document contains prescribed information.||Published April 2018|
|REGDOC-2.12.2, Site Access Security Clearance||PDF, 25 pages, 641 KB||Published April 2013|
|REGDOC-2.12.3, Security of Nuclear Substances: Sealed Sources and Category I, II and III Nuclear Material, Version 2||PDF, 74 pages, 1.40 MB||Published June 2019|
The following CSA standards are relevant to security:
2.13 Safeguards and non-proliferation
The programs required for the successful implementation of the obligations arising from the Canada/International Atomic Energy Agency Safeguards Agreement as well as all other measures arising from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
|REGDOC-2.13.1, Safeguards and Nuclear Material Accountancy||PDF, 47 pages, 677 KB||Published February 2018|
|REGDOC-2.13.2, Import and Export, Version 2||PDF, 44 pages, 1925 KB||Published April 2018|
2.14 Packaging and transport
Programs that manage the safe packaging and transport of nuclear substances and radiation devices to and from a licensed facility.
|REGDOC-2.14.1, Information Incorporated by Reference in Canada’s Packaging and Transport of Nuclear Substances Regulations, 2015||PDF, 90 pages, 623 KB||Published February 2016|
|REGDOC-2.14.1, Volume II: Radiation Protection Program Design for the Transport of Nuclear Substances
|PDF, 24 pages, 330 KB||Published November 2018|
|REGDOC-2.14.1, Volume III: Joint Canada-United States Guide for Approval of Type B(U) and Fissile Material Transportation Packages||Not yet developed||Not yet developed|
3.0 Other regulatory areas
Documents in this category include requirements, guidance and general information, and address the full scope of our regulatory activities.
3.1 Reporting requirements
Documents in this series set out the CNSC's requirements for event and compliance monitoring reporting by licensees.
3.2 Public and Indigenous engagement
Documents in this series include requirements, guidance and general information on public information and disclosure programs that applicable licensees must develop and implement to inform their communities and interested stakeholders. This category also provides information on the CNSC's duty to consult with, and if required, accommodate, the interests of the Indigenous peoples when making regulatory decisions that may impact Indigenous rights.
|REGDOC-3.2.1, Public Information and Disclosure||PDF, 14 pages, 247 KB||Published May 2018|
|REGDOC-3.2.2, Indigenous Engagement, version 1.1
|PDF, 24 pages, 815 KB||Published August 2019|
3.3 Financial guarantees
Documents in this series provide information on financial guarantees used to ensure a licensee will have sufficient funds to decommission a licensed location and dispose of any associated nuclear substances.
|REGDOC-3.3.1, Financial Guarantees for Decommissioning of Nuclear Facilities and Termination of Licensed Activities
||PDF, 38 pages, 874 KB||Currently under development|
3.4 Commission proceedings
Documents in this series provide information on the Commission, which makes independent, fair and transparent decisions on the licensing of nuclear-related activities, establishes legally-binding regulations and sets regulatory policy direction on matters relating to health, safety, security and environmental issues affecting the Canadian nuclear sector.
|REGDOC-3.4.1, Guide for Applicants and Intervenors Writing CNSC Commission Member Documents
|PDF, 35 pages, 636 KB||Published March 2017|
3.5 CNSC processes and practices
Documents in this series provide information on how the CNSC provides stakeholders and interested members of the public with timely and objective science-based information about CNSC processes and nuclear technologies.
This category includes CNSC regular reports on industry performance as well as information on specific technical areas.
|REGDOC-3.5.1, Information Dissemination: Licensing Process for Class I Nuclear Facilities and Uranium Mines and Mills, Version 2||PDF, 33 pages, 416 KB||Published May 2017|
|REGDOC-3.5.2, Compliance and Enforcement: Administrative Monetary Penalties, Version 2
|PDF, 14 pages, 268 KB||Published August 2015|
|REGDOC-3.5.2, Compliance and Enforcement: Making, Reviewing and Receiving Orders Under the NSCA||Not yet developed||Not yet developed|
|REGDOC-3.5.3, Regulatory Fundamentals||PDF, 33 pages, 309 KB||Published August 2018|
|REGDOC-3.5.4, Pre-licensing Review of a Vendor’s Reactor Design
|PDF, 31 pages, 357 KB||Published November 2018|
3.6 Glossary of CNSC terminology
|REGDOC-3.6, Glossary of CNSC Terminology||PDF, 149 pages, 1246 KB||Last updated August 2018|
For more information
- Government-wide forward regulatory plans
- The Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management
- The Red Tape Reduction Action Plan
- The Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council
To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and the Government of Canada’s Open Government website under the "Find a Consultation" option.
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