International Atomic Energy Agency Emergency Preparedness Review Mission to Canada in June 2019
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) undertook an Emergency Preparedness Review (EPREV) mission to Canada from June 2–13, 2019, led by a team of international experts. The purpose of this independent review was to assess Canada’s level of preparedness for nuclear and radiological emergencies based on the IAEA safety standards and international best practices. It also identified opportunities to increase Canada’s ability to protect public health and safety.
After completing the EPREV Review Mission, the IAEA published a press release commending Canadian best practices.
The IAEA undertakes EPREV peer-reviewed missions to Member States by request.
In February 2017, Canada requested that the IAEA carry out its first Canadian EPREV mission. Given that nuclear emergency preparedness and response is a shared responsibility in Canada, the scope of the EPREV mission included federal authorities, provinces with operating nuclear power plants (Ontario and New Brunswick), and the nuclear power plant operators.
Canada is the first G7 country to request an EPREV mission, highlighting the Government of Canada’s commitment to protecting the health and safety of Canadians. Canada looks forward to receiving the results of this evaluation, which will be considered in ongoing efforts to strengthen the ability to prepare for, and respond to nuclear and radiological emergencies.
Partners participating in the EPREV mission include:
- Health Canada
- Global Affairs Canada
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- Public Safety Canada
- Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
- Environment and Climate Change Canada
- Natural Resources Canada
- Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
- Government of Ontario
- New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization
- Province of New Brunswick Ministries
- Region of Durham
- Ontario Power Generation
- Bruce Power
- New Brunswick Power
- International Atomic Energy Agency
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