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Transport Canada proposes new regulations to strengthen railway safety oversight

Holding companies accountable for the safety of their railways

March 14, 2014 – Ottawa – Transport Canada

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, is proposing new regulations to enhance railway safety oversight in Canada.

Under the proposed regulations, companies will be required to hold a valid Railway Operating Certificate in order to operate on federally regulated railways in Canada. Railways are required to meet essential safety standards, and Railway Operating Certificates will serve as another tool to ensure they maintain the highest level of safety. If a serious safety violation is identified, Transport Canada could put an immediate stop to a company’s operations by suspending or cancelling a company’s certificate.

The proposed regulations will be published in Canada Gazette, Part I, on March 15, 2014. Stakeholders and the public have 30 days to provide comments, which will be considered before the regulations are finalized and published in Canada Gazette, Part II.

Quick Facts

  • All federally regulated railway companies and local railway companies operating on federally regulated railways will be required to hold a Railway Operating Certificate.
  • Existing companies will have two years to obtain a Railway Operating Certificate. New companies must obtain a certificate before they start operating.

Quote

“Railway Operating Certificates represent an important addition to the department’s railway oversight program. The proposed changes are yet another example of how the Government of Canada continues to place safety at the forefront of its priorities.”

The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport

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Ashley Kelahear
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport,
613-991-0700

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055

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