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Canada’s national nuclear laboratory

CNL is Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization, and a world leader in developing nuclear technology for peaceful and innovative applications.  Using our unique expertise, we are restoring and protecting the environment, we are advancing clean energy technology, and our medical breakthroughs continue to improve the health of people around the world.


Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) has contracted CNL to manage and operate its sites and facilities across the country.  It is also contracted to carry out AECL’s mandate to enable nuclear science and technology and to protect the environment by fulfilling the government of Canada’s radioactive waste and decommissioning responsibilities.  In turn, AECL sets the direction and oversees the contract.

While AECL owns the sites and the nuclear liabilities, CNL is responsible for the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the facilities.  CNL operates under a GoCo model, meaning government-owned, contractor-operated.

The Government of Canada selected the Canadian National Energy Alliance, a private sector consortium that represents some of the world’s most experienced nuclear engineering and management firms, to run CNL in 2015 after an international competition.

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  • Joe McBrearty

    CNL is committed to developing and maintaining solid, long-term relationships with all of our stakeholders. These include the local communities where we work, the companies we do business with, as well as the public at large. Only through the strong support of our communities will we be able to supply our customers with the nuclear science and technology services they need, while contributing to a strong economy, a clean environment and a healthy society.

    - Joe McBrearty, President & CEO

Developing the workforce of the future.

With roughly 3,000 employees working in laboratory or project sites across the country, CNL’s strength lies in its people. These individuals develop valuable skills, experience and abilities in a wide range of disciplines.  Far beyond simply meeting the needs of the nuclear sector, the skills, training and educational opportunities supported by CNL further strengthen Canada’s workforce and competitive edge.

Through CNL, Canada’s next generation of outstanding nuclear scientists, engineers, operators and entrepreneurs are being trained. The nuclear laboratories will continue to support the development of highly qualified people for the public sector, private sector and academia.

We offer employees the opportunity to grow personally and professionally. If you are talented, driven and have the vision to lead, your potential growth at CNL is unlimited. Join our team and we can grow and achieve our results and goals together!

Start your career at CNL!

Click here to view the employment opportunities across CNL. 

The list is updated often, so check back regularly.

A Journey with Purpose

AECL sites and CNL operations are situated on the traditional land and territories of Indigenous peoples. We are committed to engaging with Indigenous peoples through open-ended conversations, and establishing meaningful relationships built on trust and transparency. Our approach to engaging with Indigenous peoples is centered around listening, understanding, learning, and taking meaningful actions to advance reconciliation with the Indigenous communities on the land on which we operate.