Overarching federal priorities and goals to which CNL applies its health science capabilities include:
- Support the health and wellness of Canadians.
- Improve understanding of radiological health risks caused by exposure to radiation at levels found in occupational and public environments.
- Contribute to the body of evidence that informs the international radiation protection framework (e.g. United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, International Commission on Radiological Protection, International Atomic Energy Agency)
- Collect or generate evidence to inform the application of international recommendations in Canada and incorporation into Canadian regulations and national guidance.
- Increase knowledge base in the uncertainties in low-dose risk assessment to address challenges in regulatory policy, health assessment and public communication.
- Improve regulatory oversight of relevant sectors.
- Improve communication to the public and stakeholders.
- Support science as an essential pillar in the strategy to create sustainable economic growth, including an appropriate balance between fundamental research to support new discoveries and the commercialization of ideas.