Celebrating CNSC 65th Anniversary

December 27, 2011

When the Atomic Energy Control Act came into force in 1946,  the Atomic Energy Control Board was created to ensure the safety and security of nuclear technologies. In 2000, the new Nuclear and Safety Control Act was enacted, creating the CNSC. This is just a taste of the rich history behind Canada’s independent nuclear regulator that 65 years later is continuing to keep our nuclear operations as safe as knowingly possible.

This year, the CNSC celebrates its 65th anniversary! To celebrate they’re sharing messages from the Prime Minister, the Minister of Natural Resources, and the CNSC President.

They’re also sharing stories from current and past staff members like Mike White and Bonnie Duff, who were Senior Project Officers during the events of Operation Morning Light, the massive search and recovery operation of the Cosmos 954 Russian satellite crash in 1978.

Canada has a long and rich history with nuclear science and technology that includes many firsts Canadians can be proud of. Discover this history through the stories of the people that were there making this technology as safe, reliable, clean and beneficial as it is today.

Check out the interactive historical timeline.
You can step through it chronologically – start from the creation of the solar system billions of years ago to scientists’ first capture of antimatter in 2010, or pick a subject area such as medicine or safety.


Congratulations to the CNSC for 65 great, safe years. Canada has oft been recognized for the strength of its regulatory systems. Our nuclear security is no exception, and in fact can be considered a model of excellence. On December 9 of this year, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) completed its follow-up assessment of Canada’s nuclear regulatory framework and concluded that the CNSC’s actions in response to the March 2011 events at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station was prompt, robust and comprehensive, and was identified as a good practice that should be used by other regulatory bodies.

Here’s to another 65 and beyond!



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