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Building Access

To access the facility, use the main entrance, accessible from the CLS parking lot.

Users with a valid badge can move freely throughout the mezzanine and experimental floor, obeying all signage indicating access restrictions., but may not accompany visitors. 

First Visit to CLS 

Visit the User Services Office at Reception to obtain facility access pending completion of all access requirements. Your photo will be taken for your facility access badge. A new photo and ID verification are required every six years. During off hours, contact the Floor Coordinator.

Escorting Visitors

Visitors (individuals who do not have a valid access badge) must be accompanied by CLS staff at all times on the mezzanine and on the experimental floor.

Users wishing to be eligible to accompany visitors on the mezzanine only should contact Science Management to arrange for the appropriate training.

Access Requirements

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. Compliance with all COVID-19 Access Requirements.
  2. 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.
      Once an agreement between your institution and the CLS is in place, users must confirm agreement with a user agreement on the dashboard of the User Portal. See below for the full text of the CLSI User Agreement.
  3. 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.
  4. Age Requirement: Users must be at least 18 years of age.
  5. Team Member on a Valid Project: Users must be listed as a team member on a valid project.
  6. Complete all required Facility Access Training.

As a condition of access to the Canadian Light Source Facility and its Services I agree to the following:  

  • I am an employee or authorized representative of the "Institution" identified in my profile.
  • I am requesting access to the Canadian Light Source in accordance with CLS User Access Policy. 
  • I understand that I am bound by the terms and conditions of the Agreement to Use the Canadian Light Source Facility.  
  • I understand that in the event that I fail to comply with CLSI policies and procedures, CLSI may without prejudice to any other legal or contractual rights, issue an order stopping all or any part of the Services and retract permission to participate as a User or otherwise remain at CLSI.
  • I will comply with the terms and conditions of each User Proposal Submission and Beam Time Request, or Statement of Work, including limiting access at the Facility to those persons for whom access is specified in such proposal. 
  • I will comply with CLSI policies and procedures including those pertaining to Health, Safety and the Environment.  
  • I will Inform CLSI in writing of the nature of the samples, materials and equipment, and the extent to which the same constitute a hazard including but not limited to biohazards, compressed gas, corrosiveness, dangerous reactive materials, flammability, oxidizer, radioactivity, toxicity or other hazards.
  • I will pay to CLSI the Fees pertaining to access and Services provided in the course of conduct of each User Proposal Submission and Beam Time Request or Statement of Work. 
  • That the policies regarding intellectual property, as defined within the agreement between CLSI and User Organization, apply to the activities conducted under the User Proposal Submissions and Beam Time Requests or Statement of Work.

          ○ These policies do not extend to any technology, software, equipment, information, techniques, documentation or other materials relating to the Facility or its operation.

          ○ CLSI retains proportionate ownership of any Intellectual Property in the nature of the Services performed, analytical methods contributed to or conceived of by CLSI (but excluding resulting data), and other products generated by CLSI in performance of the Services for the User.  

          ○ I warrant that, to the best of my knowledge, the activities contemplated under a User Proposal Submission and Beam Time Request or Statement of Work will not infringe any Intellectual Property rights of third parties.  

  • Where contractually required I will acknowledge CLSI in publications and report these publications to CLSI for public use.  Publications should include the following acknowledgements:

          ○ “The research described in this paper was performed at the Canadian Light Source facility, which is supported by the NSERC, NRC, CIHR and other government agencies." 

  • Where contractually required I will provide to CLSI, summaries of research results that lead to knowledge transfer or technology transfer, including but not limited to: dissemination of best practices (e.g., in healthcare, education), improvements in professional practice (e.g., better teaching methods), disclosures of inventions, new product/process development, and patent applications/awards. 
  • CLSI does not assume responsibility for delays that may arise in access to the Facility, reliance on Services or CLSI personnel and subsequent use of results and data generated by the research.
  • Both CLSI and the User agree to protect all information, that is identified as Confidential Information, and that has been disclosed by the other. 

Facility Access Training

To access the CLS, the following four training modules must be completed:

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

Login to the CLS Training system using your CLS login credentials (the same as for the User Portal) to complete your training. If you are having difficulty logging in, please contact for assistance.

Training System

It is strongly recommended that you complete your training online prior to your arrival at the CLS. This saves a considerable amount of time during your check-in process at the User Services Office in Reception.

Additional training required may include:

  • Beamline Specific Orientation (BSO): A required hands-on orientation of the beamline before conducting experiments at that beamline. 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.

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