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Strengthening transportation safety for Canadians and their communities

June 27, 2014 – Ottawa – Transport Canada

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today announced new rules aimed at further safeguarding communities along our country’s railway lines.

The new measures, which the Minister highlighted as part of her call with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities earlier today, introduce amendments under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act; the Railway Safety Management System Regulations; and the Transportation Information Regulations. Key changes include:

  • Requiring 35 provincially regulated railway and light-rail companies operating on federal track to develop and implement Safety Management Systems;
  • Formalizing new DOT-111 tank car standards that will require thicker steel walls and other reinforcements to reduce the risk of spills on impact; and
  • Improving data reporting requirements for railways, requiring them to proactively identify and address safety risks before accidents happen.

These changes will help build a stronger safety culture among railway companies, strengthen requirements for rail tank cars and other means of containment, and help reduce the risk of accidents.

Transport Canada continues to work closely with stakeholders–railways, shippers, municipalities, first responders, and U.S. officials– to protect the health and safety of Canadians.


“Our government is committed to railway safety and the safe movement of dangerous goods. The upcoming regulations will further strengthen safety in Canada’s already robust transportation system.”
The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport

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Jana Régimbal
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa

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