CNSC's response to COVID-19

Commission proceeding dates

Updated: March 20, 2020

In its continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CNSC is postponing and making changes to upcoming Commission proceedings. None of these changes impacts public safety. Revised notices with relevant details will be issued as soon as they are available.

Here are the highlights of the changes:

  • The April Commission meeting is postponed to June 17-18, 2020 and may be held virtually.
  • The June public hearing on an amendment to the Douglas Point Waste Facility decommissioning licence is being rescheduled to August 19-20, 2020.
  • The document deadlines for the Global First Power hearing in writing have been extended by 30 days. The CNSC staff document will be available by May 1; interventions are due June 1.

We continue to monitor the pandemic situation and are focusing on critical services to ensure that nuclear facilities are safe and that the public and environment are protected.

Critical staff activated

Updated: March 16, 2020

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, we're doing our part and heeding guidance from medical officials to help reduce the spread of the virus. As such, effective March 16, 2020, CNSC staff have been directed to stay home, while critical staff continue to work to ensure effective regulatory oversight.

We remain actively engaged with licensees to ensure the protection of the public and the environment and will continue to provide updates as required.

Let's all do what we can to flatten the curve and keep each other healthy.

Pandemic preparedness

March 13, 2020

As the Canadian nuclear regulator, we put the safety of the public and the environment first. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, the CNSC is monitoring the situation at all nuclear facilities to ensure the public and the environment are protected.

Nuclear operators, as CNSC licensees, are required to develop and implement a business continuity plan to ensure their facilities continue to operate safely at all times, including during a pandemic. Business continuity plans address how to deal with possible labour disruptions while maintaining key staffing positions. These plans can be activated during any interruption of normal operation, and include ways to ensure safe facility operation, even during widespread absenteeism.

As a regulator, the CNSC also has a business continuity plan to ensure our strong and effective regulatory oversight. We remain actively engaged with licensees during the COVID-19 pandemic, and will continue to provide updates on the safety of nuclear facilities as required.

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