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It is very early in the proposed project and there are numerous steps required in the process.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect health, safety, security and the environment.  To operate the subcritical assembly, Ontario Tech would require a Class 1A Nuclear Facility licence from the CNSC. 


Their process to review and consider a licence application is very comprehensive. As an overview, it involves: 

  • Pre-licensing activities: informing CNSC of intent, early engagement, design planning (Current Stage of Project)
  • Submission of a detailed licence application by Ontario Tech
  • Comprehensive technical and environmental review of the application by the CNSC’s expert staff
  • Public hearing conducted by the CNSC Commission members to consider the application
  • Decision by the Commission members on whether to grant the license
The CNSC Licensing Process Tree

More information about CNSC-led engagement activities may be expected following submission of the license application.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission encourages Indigenous and public participation as part of their licensing process, including at the public hearing.  Visit the CNSC website for more information about their comprehensive licensing process including opportunities for Indigenous and public representatives to get involved. 

Source:  Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission REGDOC-3.5.1: Licensing Process  for Class I Nuclear Facilities and Uranium Mines and Mills