After registering as a CLS User, the following is required to obtain access to the CLS facility prior to receiving a facility access badge:

1. Agreement to Use the Canadian Light Source Facility This agreement is required by each institution/organization requiring access to the CLS. Only one agreement is required per institution/organization and covers all individuals who are authorized representatives of the said institution/organization. In many cases, these agreements are in place; if they are not, CLS will be in contact with you. To view a list of the institutions CLS has agreements with, click here.

This agreement is found on the dashboard of the User's profile in the User Portal.

2. Photo ID: Present one original piece of government issued photo identification with the individual's name and address.  The following pieces of identification are acceptable:  passport, driver's licence, other government-issued photo ID. 

3. Age Requirement: Users must be at least 18 years of age.

4. Team Member on a Valid Project: Users must be listed as a team member on a valid project.

5. Training: Three training modules must be completed.

  • Health and Safety Orientation (HSO)
  • Radiation Awareness (RAM or RWT)
  • Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS)

These training modules are required by everyone who has facility access, and can be completed online prior to arrival at CLS. This is strongly recommended as it saves a considerable amount of time during the check-in process at the User Services Office. Please note: your login credentials are the same for the Training website and the User Portal.  If you are having difficulty logging in, please contact for assistance.

Additional training required, including:

  • Beamline Specific Orientation (BSO): A required hands-on orientation of the beamline before conducting experiments on it. CLS beamline staff will provide this orientation; advance preparation is not possible.
  • Experiment-Specific Training: Any additional training or controls required will be indicated on your project page. The training may be required to be completed in-person, or may be completed online via the Training system. Search in “Other Training” for the specific training module.

Arrival at CLS:

  • Arriving by Taxi - The CLS is about a 20 minute taxi ride from the airport. The charge for a taxi from the airport to the CLS is approximately $25. 
  • Parking - Parking on campus is restricted in most areas to permits and meters. Parking at the CLS requires a permit Monday to Friday 8:00AM - 4:00PM.  Researchers participating in an experiment may request a permit from CLS Reception, pending availability.
  • First Visit to CLS - Visit the User Services Office at Reception to obtain facility access pending completion of all requirements (training, identification verification, photo, and signed User Agreement). Your photo will ba taken for hte facility access badge. A new photo and ID verification are required every six years.

Foreign Visitor Requirements

If you are a non-Canadian citizen residing outside of Canada please visit Government of Canada Immigration and Citizenship to find out if you need a visa to enter Canada. If a visa is required, please contact to obtain a letter of invitation. Allow sufficient time to obtain the appropriate paperwork.  

For additional information about user check-in or training, please contact:

CLS User Services Office
Phone: 306-657-3700
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For additional information about experiment specific training or experimental controls, please contact:
CLS Health, Safety & Environment

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