The Canadian National Committee of the International Commission on Illumination (CNC/CIE) invites members of the Canadian lighting community to participate in a range of CNC/CIE activities.

The International Commission on Illumination – also known as the CIE from its French title, the Commission Internationale de l´Eclairage – is devoted to worldwide cooperation and the exchange of information on all matters relating to the science and art of light and lighting, colour and vision, photobiology and image technology.

With strong technical, scientific and cultural foundations, the CIE is an independent, non-profit organization that serves member countries on a voluntary basis. Since its inception in 1913, the CIE has been accepted as representing the best authority on the subject and as such is recognized by ISO as an international standardization body.

As a member country, Canada contributes to the ongoing work of the Commission and its technical committees through the Canadian National Committee (CNC/CIE).  In this role, the CNC/CIE is the collective Canadian voice of people interested in the science and art of light and lighting.

The Government of Canada (through the National Research Council, NRC) pays the annual membership fees for Canadians, so there is no individual membership fee payment required.  Rather, individuals contribute by participating in CNC/CIE activities that directly benefit both the local and international lighting communities.

Participation in CNC/CIE activities will give you the opportunity to:

  • Share your knowledge and expertise
  • Advance knowledge and provide standardization to improve the lighted environment
  • Influence international decisions affecting your work
  • Learn of techniques which may improve your products

For more information on the Canadian National Committee of the CIE, please visit our website at or contact us by email at