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Protective Direction No. 32

I, Marie-France Dagenais, Director General of the Transport Dangerous Goods Directorate, being a person designated by the Minister of Transport to issue Protective Directions under section 32 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992, and considering it necessary to deal with an emergency that involves a danger to public safety, do hereby direct that

  • 1) Any Canadian Class 1 railway company that transports dangerous goods must provide the designated Emergency Planning Official of each municipality through which dangerous goods are transported by rail, with yearly aggregate information on the nature and volume of dangerous goods the company transports by railway vehicle through the municipality, presented by quarter;

  • 2) Any person who transports dangerous goods by railway vehicle, who is not a Canadian Class 1 railway company, must provide the designated Emergency Planning Official of each municipality through which dangerous goods are transported by railway vehicle with:

    • a) yearly aggregate information on the nature and volume of dangerous goods the person transports by railway vehicle through the municipality; and

    • b) any significant change to the information provided in (a) as soon as practicable after the change occurs;

  • 3) A Canadian Class 1 railway company that transports dangerous goods and a person who transports dangerous goods by railway vehicle are not required to provide an Emergency Planning Official(s) with the information in items 1 or 2 of this Protective Direction if:

    • (a) the Emergency Planning Official is not listed on the list of Emergency Planning Officials maintained by Transport Canada, through CANUTEC, that is provided to the railway company or the person;

    • (b) the Emergency Planning Official or the Chief Administrative Officer of a municipality, by request made in writing to CANUTEC, informs CANUTEC that it no longer wants to be provided with the information; or

    • (c) the Emergency Planning Official has not undertaken or agreed to:

      • (i) use the information only for emergency planning or response;

      • (ii) disclose the information only to those persons who need to know for the purposes referred to in (i); and

      • (iii) keep the information confidential and ensure any person to whom the Emergency Planning Official(s) has disclosed the information keeps it confidential, to the maximum extent permitted by law.

  • 4) A Canadian Class 1 railway company who transports dangerous goods and a person who transports dangerous goods by railway vehicle must provide in writing to Transport Canada, through CANUTEC, contact information including the name, title, address, e-mail address, fax number, telephone number and cell phone number, of the person(s) who will be liaising with a municipality’s Emergency Planning Official, and must immediately notify CANUTEC in writing of any changes to the contact information;

  • 5) A Canadian Class 1 railway company who transports dangerous goods and a person who transports dangerous goods by railway vehicle must provide any information shared under items 1 and 2 to Transport Canada, through CANUTEC.

  • 6) A Chief Administrative Officer of a municipality may request Transport Canada, through CANUTEC, that the name of its designated Emergency Planning Official be added to the list of Emergency Planning Officials referred to in item 3(a) by providing the following information: the name, title, organization, address, e-mail address fax number, telephone number and cell phone number of the Emergency Planning Official that he or she designated. This contact information will be shared with any Canadian Class 1 railway company who transports dangerous goods and any person who transports dangerous goods by railway vehicle.

For the purposes of this Protective Direction, information to be provided to CANUTEC is to be provided to the following address:

Canadian Transport Emergency Centre (CANUTEC)
Place de Ville, Tower C
330 Sparks Street, 14th Floor,
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A ON5
Attention: Mr. Angelo Boccanfuso, Director of CANUTEC
Or by email to CANUTEC@tc.gc.ca

This Protective Direction No. 32 takes effect immediately upon signing. It remains in effect for three years from the date of signing or until cancelled in writing by the Director General of the Transport Dangerous Goods Directorate, Transport Canada.

SIGNED AT OTTAWA, ONTARIO, this 20th day of November 2013.

Marie-France Dagenais
Director General, Transport Dangerous Goods Directorate


Explanatory note

For the purposes of this Protective Direction

  • "Chief Administrative Officer" means the person holding the most senior staff position within a municipal organisational structure or band council, whether that office bears that title or an equivalent one.

  • "Emergency Planning Official" means the person who coordinates emergency response planning for a municipality, who may also be a First Responder for that community

  • "municipality" means a corporate body constituted under the applicable provincial or territorial legislation, in each province or territory, relating to the creation of municipal administrations, be they designated as cities, towns, villages, counties or by other names and includes aboriginal communities with their own First Responders. In cases where a territory is governed by two tiers of municipal administrations, the expression refers to the tier which has the primary responsibility for emergency planning, meaning either to the lower tier or the upper tier administrations but not both. The decision as to which tier is to receive the information provided under this Direction is to be made locally and the name of the appropriate designate is to be communicated in accordance with this Direction.

  • "nature" means class, UN number and name of the dangerous good.

  • "volume" means the number of car loads of a dangerous good.

The parties will agree between themselves prior to the exchange of information on the standard provisions governing the extent to which the information received under items 1 or 2 may be disseminated.


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