Who we are

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) is a federal Crown corporation responsible for enabling nuclear science and technology and managing the Government of Canada's decommissioning and radioactive waste responsibilities.

We deliver our mandate through a contractual arrangement with Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) for the management and operation of our sites, under a Government-owned, Contractor-operated (GoCo) model. 

AECL’s role is threefold: 1) to act as agent of Government; 2) to provide advice and support related to nuclear policy to Canada; and 3) to set priorities for CNL, oversee the contract and assess CNL’s performance. AECL brings best value to Canada by playing a challenge function with a view to advancing its priorities in the most effective and efficient manner, while maintaining safety, security and the protection of the environment. 

Details related to the work of CNL and the services it provides to AECL, industry and academia can be found on the CNL website.

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