Scientific and technical information


The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) integrates the best available science with its decision making. The CNSC maintains research initiatives and programs to ensure it keeps abreast of new scientific information, develops its own knowledge base and shares its research findings with stakeholders and scientists in Canada and abroad.

Research is carried out on a wide range of topics, from health studies on nuclear workers and host communities to research on the long-term management of nuclear waste in geological repositories.

Directed by CNSC staff, research initiatives and programs are often completed with the support of independent third parties and/or in collaboration with national and international partners, providing access to valuable expertise, state-of-the-art facilities and the best available data. The outcome of these research activities helps us understand and address new or emerging safety issues; gain third-party perspectives on nuclear science; and share scientific knowledge with the nuclear industry and the public at large. This research helps support the CNSC’s mandate to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public about the activities of the Commission and the industry it regulates.

Search by topic

This Web section was developed to offer the public a way of viewing a comprehensive list of all relevant scientific and technical information currently available on our website. It offers you the opportunity to search topics according to our safety and control areas (SCA). SCAs are the technical topics the CNSC uses across all regulated facilities and activities to assess, evaluate, review, verify and report on regulatory requirements and performance. The SCAs are presented in a comprehensive framework consisting of 14 safety and control areas which are grouped into three primary “functional” areas (Management, Facility and Equipment, and Core Control Processes).

  1. Management system
  2. Human performance management
  3. Operating performance
  4. Safety analysis
  5. Physical design
  6. Fitness for service
  7. Radiation protection
  8. Conventional health and safety
  9. Environmental protection
  10. Emergency management and fire protection
  11. Waste management
  12. Security
  13. Safeguards and non-proliferation
  14. Packaging and transport

Research reports and abstracts

The Science of Safety research reports share some of the key research activities facilitated and supported by the CNSC on a yearly basis. These reports are part of the CNSC’s ongoing effort to ensure that Canadians have access to the science that informs our work.

The CNSC funds an extramural research program called the Research and Support Program. This program provides the CNSC with access to independent advice, expertise, experience, information and other resources via contracts, grants and contributions placed in the private sector, and with other agencies and organizations in Canada and elsewhere. Reports completed through the research program are not published as CNSC reports; abstracts of the reports are available instead.

Technical papers and articles

The CNSC values the use of independent peer reviews and encourages technical staff to submit articles for publication in scientific journals and make presentations about the nuclear industry.