Today, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced the Commission’s decision to renew, for a period of 10 years, the Class IB particle accelerator licence held by TRIUMF Accelerators Inc. (TAI). TAI’s particle accelerator facility is located on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. The Commission also announced its decision to transfer the renewed licence from TAI to TRIUMF Inc., a not-for-profit corporation under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. The renewed and transferred licence authorizes TRIUMF Inc. to continue to operate 7 particle accelerators and to possess, transfer, use, and store nuclear substances arising from its operations.
In making its decision, the Commission considered oral and written submissions from TAI, CNSC staff and 7 intervenors. The CNSC also made participant funding available through its Participant Funding Program, and invited interventions from Indigenous Nations and communities, members of the public and stakeholders. No participant funding applications were received for this proceeding.
After reviewing all submissions, the Commission concluded that TRIUMF Inc. is qualified to carry on the activities that the renewed licence will authorize. It also concluded that TRIUMF Inc. will make adequate provision for the protection of the environment, and the health and safety of persons.