OTTAWA – The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) has presented awards for outstanding safety leadership in 2018 to four of its members – CP, VIA Rail, Cando Rail Services and Genesee & Wyoming – at a ceremony in Ottawa. These companies won RAC’s annual Safety Awards, which recognize members’ initiatives that help to ensure Canada’s railways remains among the safest in the world.
“Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 RAC Safety Awards,” said RAC president and CEO Marc Brazeau. “The initiatives introduced by our members in 2018 are helping to advance rail safety in Canada. The winners here today represent different segments of our country’s rail industry – Class 1s, shortlines and passenger carriers – which shows our collective commitment to continuous safety improvements.”
More than 100 people – including rail industry leaders, parliamentarians and more – attended the awards ceremony, at the RAC National office in Ottawa.
Canada’s railways are among the safest in North America and the statistics are proving that. Between 2007 and 2016, the safety record – the number of accidents relative to workload – among Canada’s freight railways improved by 37 per cent. Similarly, passenger railways maintained a rate of less than one accident per million travelers for the fifth consecutive year in 2016.