Beamline front ends at the Canadian Light Source have been designed for single insertion device, double canted insertion device and bending magnet sources in the first phase of the facility construction. The commissioning results for all the three types of front ends appear satisfactory. In this report the design considerations in terms of the insertion device radiation heat load, radiation shielding, beam position diagnostics and vacuum interlocking are described. The constructed front ends and present commissioning status are illustrated.

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