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Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to participate in Exercise Unified Response

Ottawa, ON, 8 May, 2014 - Michael Binder, President of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), today announced the CNSC's participation in Exercise Unified Response from May 26-28, 2014.

The first national, multi-jurisdictional, nuclear emergency response exercise to be conducted since 1999; Exercise Unified Response allows the CNSC to evaluate and improve its emergency response capabilities in keeping with its mandate.

Every day, millions of Canadians either use nuclear products or benefit from the use of clean nuclear energy. Being prepared in the unlikely event of a nuclear emergency is an essential part of being a responsible nuclear regulator.

The CNSC regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment; to implement Canada's international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy; and to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public.

Quick facts

  • More than 50 organizations, including the CNSC will be participating in Exercise Unified Response, which will take place from May 26-28, 2014.
  • Since the Fukushima accident in 2011 the CNSC, licensees and all levels of government have been working diligently to reduce the likelihood of such an incident and to improve how we work together in the event of an emergency.
  • Exercise Unified Response will use a variety of real-time scenarios to test how these organizations work as a team and reinforce collective emergency preparedness at all levels.


"Unified Response will be Canada's first major national nuclear emergency exercise in over a decade. It provides us with an excellent opportunity to ensure that we are learning lessons from Fukushima and applying them at home." – President Michael Binder, CNSC


The Emergency Operation Centre during the nuclear emergency in Japan in March, 2011.

The Emergency Operation Centre during the nuclear emergency in Japan in March, 2011.

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