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Transport Canada proposes new rail safety regulations

Holding companies accountable for the safety of their railways


March 19, 2014
by MM&D Online Staff

OTTAWA, ON—Lisa Raitt, Canada’s transport minister, is proposing new regulations to enhance railway safety oversight in Canada.

Under the proposed regulations, rail holding 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 were 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.

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.