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Transportation of Dangerous
Source: Minister of Transport
Published: May 26th 2008
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OTTAWA — The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, today tabled amendments to the
Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992 in the House of Commons. The
amendments would enhance security and safety in the transport of
"Our government is committed to ensuring public safety and security
when dangerous goods are imported, handled or transported in Canada,"
said Minister Cannon. "The proposed amendments would make it possible
for Transport Canada to prevent and respond to security threats while
still maintaining access to markets for Canadians involved in the
cross-border transportation of dangerous goods."
The proposed amendments would introduce a number of changes, including
- They would reinforce the existing Emergency Response Assistance
Program, which requires emergency response assistance plans to be in
place in the event of safety incidents involving dangerous goods. It
would also make it possible for Transport Canada to request the
implementation of such plans in the case of a terrorist or other
- The amendments would require security training and screening of
personnel working with dangerous goods.
- The changes would enable the drafting of regulations requiring
that dangerous goods be tracked during transport and that incidents
involving loss or theft be reported. The amendments would enable the
use of security measures and interim orders, in accordance with the
Public Safety Act and other legislation.
- The proposed amendments would enable the development of a
program to require a transportation security clearance for dangerous
goods, including an appeals process that would operate like the
existing Aeronautics Act clearance program.
- The proposed changes would also amend the concept of "importer"
to clarify who in Canada is subject to the requirements of the Act
and its regulations with respect to the importing of dangerous
The updated Act would remain focused on the prevention of incidents
when dangerous goods are offered, handled, transported or imported.
Following the coming into force of the amended legislation,
Transport Canada would continue to consult the public, industry, first
responders, and provincial and territorial governments as the department
drafts the security regulations necessary to support its new
A backgrounderwith more information is attached.
PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE TRANSPORTATION OF DANGEROUS GOODS ACT, 1992
Transport Canada has undertaken extensive consultations on amendments
to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992. Public consultations
began in March 2004, with sessions held across the country. Since June
2005, Transport Canada has hosted several biannual meetings with
provincial and territorial governments, and industry to discuss
amendments to the Act.
Following the coming into force of the amended legislation, Transport
Canada will continue to consult provincial and territorial governments,
industry and other stakeholders as the department develops regulations
relating to its new authorities under the Act.
Under the amended Act, the safe transport of dangerous goods would
remain a shared responsibility among the Government of Canada,
provincial and territorial governments, and industry. In accordance with
established memoranda of agreement, the provinces and territories would
continue to work together with Transport Canada to enforce requirements
relating to the transportation of dangerous goods on highways. Transport
Canada would remain responsible for enforcement relating to transport by
rail, ship and air.
The Act and its associated regulations are enforced directly by federal
inspectors designated under the Act, and by provincial and territorial
inspectors. When infractions are identified, immediate corrective or
enforcement action is taken. This could include fines and/or
prosecution. Enforcement responsibility would not change with the
When a shipper plans to transport a dangerous substance, an emergency
response assistance plan (ERAP) must be submitted to Transport Canada
before shipment takes place. The ERAP outlines the actions the shipper
would take in the event of an accident to provide on-site assistance to
local authorities. ERAPs are required only for those substances that are
potentially most harmful — such as certain explosives, flammable
substances and toxic gases — that may pose a widespread threat in the
event of an incident. ERAPs must include detailed information such as,
among other things, a list of the dangerous goods being transported, a
description of the shipper's emergency response capabilities, a list of
specialized equipment available for use at the emergency site, a list of
qualified persons available to advise and assist at the scene, and the
communications systems expected to be used. The revised legislation
would require that ERAPs also be submitted to cover security incidents.
Transport Canada supports emergency response and first responders
through the Canadian Transport Emergency Centre (CANUTEC), which is
staffed by scientists prepared to assist in responding to emergencies
involving dangerous goods. The department also makes copies of the
Emergency Response Guidebook available to police and fire departments
across the country. The guidebook provides comprehensive information
needed to respond to a dangerous goods incident occurring on a highway,
aircraft, ship or train.