Security - Canadian Nuclear Association


Our power plants have highly-trained, internationally recognized professional security teams. Need Proof?

1) The Bruce Power nuclear response team won the top prize at the U.S. National SWAT Championships in 2012, the seventh year in a row. (Bruce Power.)

2) The International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS), a division of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), recognized Canada as having a robust and comprehensive nuclear security infrastructure during a mission in 2015. (International Atomic Energy Agency.)

3) Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has put in place an in-house armed security team for its facilities, including its own SWAT Team, with full-time, trained tactical officers onsite 24/7. Most of the team consists of ex-police officers and ex-military. (

The Canadian nuclear sector works closely with both Canadian and international intelligence communities. Need Proof?

1) At the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C. in April 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will work towards achieving universal implementation with the United Kingdom of a UN Security council on certified training for nuclear security management. (Office of the Prime Minister.)

2) Nuclear facilities in Canada have comprehensive emergency preparedness programs in place, municipal, provincial and federal government agencies, first responders and international organizations to ensure a high level of preparedness. (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.)

3) Our nuclear industry is committed to enhancing global security through a Global Partnership Program aimed at reducing the threat posed by nuclear, radiological and biological terrorism. (Global Affairs Canada.)

Understandably, Canada’s nuclear plants don’t detail all their security measures, however, they do have detailed security measures in place such as X-ray monitors, metal detectors, armed patrols and vehicle searches. Need Proof?

1) The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) requires all nuclear power plant operators to have an emergency response team and the regulator mandates that “the licensee also supports provincial and local authorities in their response efforts.” (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.)

2) Cameco’s emergency response program at its uranium processing facility in Port Hope, Ontario includes approximately 60 highly trained employees, most of whom have specialized training in industrial firefighting and hazardous materials. Cameco covers the cost of hazardous material training for all members of the Port Hope fire and emergency services department, which would support the efforts of its emergency response team in the event of a natural disaster. (Cameco Corporation.)

3) Bruce Power boasts a team of 400 highly trained emergency personnel, and state of the art firefighting equipment and technology. The company also has portable backup generators and after Fukushima, the company invested in specific post-Fukushima training. (Bruce Power.)