We remain committed to the safety of our staff and users, and have established COVID-19 protocols to ensure on-site users can safely perform their experiments.

User Access Requirements

Before coming on-site, please ensure:

  1. You are listed as a team member on an active project in the User Portal.
  2. Beamline staff have confirmed the time and duration of your on-site visit.
  3. You have completed all required facility access training, including the new COVID Orientation via the CLS Training System.

Training System

Users are encouraged to check in at reception during business hours (Monday-Friday 8-4:30).


Vaccination requirement

To enter and exit the CLS, use the main lobby. You will need to check in with the reception desk and a completion of a health attestation may be required.

Recently, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) announced new COVID-19 vaccination measures. The Canadian Light Source (CLS) is required to comply with these USask Health and Safety protocols, and supports these efforts as they align with our commitment to provide a safe working environment for our staff, users, contractors, and their families. Therefore, effective January 4th, 2022 anyone coming on-site to the CLS MUST show proof of being fully vaccinated with a WHO approved vaccineproof of negative testing will not be accepted.

Beginning January 4th, 2022, all individuals are required to show proof of WHO-approved vaccination by providing one of the following, along with government-issued photo ID

  • Scanning the SK vaccination QR code with the SK Verifier App (applies only to Saskatchewan residents)
  • Certificate of Vaccination, written in English, that contains:
    • Proof of full vaccination
    • Date of last vaccination (must be more than than 14 days prior to coming on-site)
    • Individual's name
NOTE: These documents will be visually verified by staff at CLS as required. This information will not be stored. No personal or medical information contained therein will be recorded or preserved at the CLS.

While at the CLS

  • Medical grade disposal masks are required to be worn while on-site at the CLS.
    • These are provided to all individuals by the CLS, and are available at the main entrance.
    • Masks must be worn prior to approaching reception to sign-in.
    • Physical distancing must be maintained while on-site.
    • Groups are limited to four Visitors / Contractors at a time.
    • Access will only be provided to the areas required. Entering areas not related to the purpose of the visit is not permitted.
    • Eating / drinking while on-site is permitted, and must be done in designated areas of the facility.

When leaving the facility

  • You must sign out with reception prior to exiting the building.

Private Testing Providers

Local facilities offer COVID-19 testing (for a fee) for those requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Please see this list for options in Saskatoon, or visit the Saskatchewan Health Authority website for the most up-to-date information. 

Private Testing Providers in Saskatoon

NOTE: As with all COVID-19 pandemic responses, these restrictions are subject to change if the risk of transmission increases in our area. Please check this page for the most up-to-date information for users coming on-site, and find more details in our User COVID Protocol Document.