The CNBC welcomes you to carry out your experiment or visit with our staff. We hope that your visit to the CNBC will be both productive and enjoyable. Since the CNBC is located within Chalk River Laboratories, a nuclear establishment, access to the laboratory is strictly controlled.

This section describes procedures required for working visits to the CNBC.

General Notes

On each day of your visit, you must stop at the Security Outer Gate to register with security and provide identification. You will not be allowed to use a camera while on site and will not be permitted to carry a cell phone with a camera. If you will visit the reactor or the spectrometers, your feet and legs must be adequately covered, to minimize the potential for skin contamination. For this reason, long pants must be worn, and sandals are not permitted.

If this is your first visit, or if it has been more than six months since your last visit, you will be required to take a one-hour computer-based safety training session. In addition to the computer based training, you will be given safety training at the reactor. This will cover general information such as alarms and their responses, as well as specific information on working at the spectrometers.

Procedures for short and long term visits are different.

Short Visits

The CNBC administrative manager will arrange a Visitor’s Pass Request (VPR) for the days you will visit the laboratory. You will need to provide your work address, home address, citizenship and arrival/departure dates to the administrative manager. These passes are issued only for short periods, typically no longer than two weeks. The visitor must be accompanied by an CNBC staff member at all times. The visitor must report to the Security Outer Gate each day to sign the VPR and show photo identification (e.g., passport, driver’s licence). The visitor will then be issued a Visitor’s Badge, which must be worn at all times when in the laboratory.

Long Term Visits

If you will be at Chalk River for an extended period, wish to work at the NRU reactor without a CNBC staff member present or wish to enter the laboratory unaccompanied and outside normal working hours, then you must have an appropriate level of security clearance (Site Access Clearance). The requirements for obtaining a security clearance are different for Canadian and Non-Canadian applicants.

Canadian Visitors (Long-term)

The Canadian Neutron Beam Centre operates inside Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River, Ontario. CNL’s security policy, in accordance with the Government of Canada guidelines states that all persons requiring unescorted access to the NRU reactor be security cleared to the Site Access level. If you and your local contact agree this freedom of access to the NRU is necessary to carry out your research, we will need your cooperation and assistance to arrange the paperwork. Prior to your visit on site, please provide ORIGINALS or CERTIFIED COPIES (must be certified by a Notary Public or in the case of transcripts, the Registrar Seal) of the following documents. Uncertified photocopies are not acceptable.

  1. Birth certificate or Baptismal Certificate or Passport
  2. Canadian Citizenship Card or Record of Landing/Work Permit/Student Visa (if you are not a Canadian citizen)
  3. Educational Documents: Transcript or Diploma for Highest Level Obtained
  4. Two (2) Letters of Reference/Reliability:

One reference letter to confirm your employment history and reliability for the past five years. If you are representing a university, a letter from the university confirming your education will be acceptable instead of producing the educational document mentioned above. One personal reference letter from an individual (not a relative) who has known you for the past five years. Please Note: Documents 1-4 listed above are mandatory. Access will be denied if all the documents listed above are not presented to Security. A Criminal Records Name Check (CNRC) for Canada will be conducted by CNL Corporate Security prior to your arrival. If your CRNC comes back incomplete, you will be requested to obtain and submit a CRNC prior to visiting. This check can be obtained through most local and provincial police agencies. It is also the responsibility of the individual to obtain a CRNC from every country outside of Canada where the individual has resided in the past five years. These can be obtained through the consulate or embassy of each country. You will also be required to sign a consent form(s) which gives AECL your permission to conduct the security check. Individuals who refuse to sign the consent form will not be considered for site access and therefore, will not be allowed to go unescorted. Please contact us for these forms. These requirements are subject to change. Contact us before your visit to confirm current situation.

Non-Canadian CNBC Visitors (Long-term)

For NON-CANADIAN VISITORS, please contact the CNBC for the current Security policies/instructions.