Canada's Nuclear Leadership
– A Distinguished History
Did you know that Canada has long been a historical leader in isotope production and has fostered an innovative industry that has saved millions of lives around the world?
It's true. Canada has a long-standing history of innovation in nuclear technology, through cutting-edge nuclear research, and upcoming revolutionary techniques to produce radioisotopes.
A Global Leader
As Canada strives to maintain a leadership position in science and technology, it is critical that we focus on the requirements of today, and also on the advancement of nuclear innovations for tomorrow. To maintain our leadership role, we need to continually invest in our radioisotope industry.
Radioisotopes are the foundation to advance research for improved drug discovery and development. They are also our pathway to personalized medicine - enabling health-care professionals to improve lives through targeted imaging and therapy, thereby providing medical diagnosis and treatment specific to an individual.
The world has come to depend on a commitment that every Canadian government has supported for over 50 years. It is an opportunity for Canadians to maintain our position in a technological area we have already established ourselves as world leaders.
Retaining a secure supply of isotopes and infrastructure in Canada will allow us to maintain a leading position in the development of new nuclear medicine technologies, benefiting both Canadians and the advancement of science. This also fits with the federal government's announced strategy of building up our science and technology capabilities.
Simply put, the world’s seven billion residents need Canadian nuclear research and technology.
Who We Are
The Canadian Nuclear Isotope Council (CNIC) is an independent organization consisting of representatives from various levels within the Canadian health sector, nuclear industry and research bodies, convened specifically to advocate for Canada’s role in the production of the world’s supply of radioisotopes.
Radioisotopes are critical to serve the broad needs of modern society for a variety of applications in the health, energy, and sterilization sector. The CNIC serves as a voice to safeguard the continued availability of radioisotopes, ensuring our public policies are risk-informed, science-based, and support the highest levels of public health and safety. Leveraging Ontario’s nuclear advantage will have a significant positive impact on human health across the globe, keeping the world’s populations clean and safe while expanding Canada’s leadership role in the global community.
Our members include:
- Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada
- Bruce Power
- Canadian Association of Nuclear Medicine
- Canadian Nuclear Association
- CanProbe / Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
- Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization
- International Irradiation Association
- Isotopes Technologies
- Laker Energy
- NB Power
- Ontario Association of Nuclear Medicine
- Ontario Power Generation
- Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries
- SNC Lavalin