Minister Garneau gives Canadians Halloween treat that improves road safety

News Release

Proposed regulations improve rear visibility for drivers, save lives and prevent injuries

October 31, 2016 – Ottawa, ON – Transport Canada

On a day when Canadian drivers and children need to be aware of their surroundings at all times, Minister Garneau provided a Halloween treat that could help drivers and children alike.

Surrounded by students at Le Trillium Public Elementary School in Ottawa, Minister Garneau proposed new regulations that will require rear-visibility systems on all new vehicles sold in Canada to help drivers see behind their vehicle when they back up.

While rear-view cameras and displays are found on a number of vehicles today, some models don’t include them. The proposed regulations will rectify this by providing all new car owners with improved visibility to spot people and objects behind a vehicle when backing up.

The proposed changes are published in Canada Gazette, Part I. Canadians will have 75 days to provide comments before the changes are finalized in Canada Gazette, Part II.


"I’m not one for tricks, but I do like giving treats, and one of the best ones I can give this Halloween is to make rear-view cameras and displays standard equipment on all new vehicles, including base models. This helps children be seen and provides Canadians with one of the best safety technology systems to reduce back-over collisions."
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

Quick Facts

  • From 2004 to 2009, it is estimated that back-over crashes were responsible for more than 1,500 injuries and 27 deaths in Canada.
  • The regulatory changes will apply to Standards 101 and 111 in the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations.
  • Transport Canada will align its proposed rear visibility regulations with similar U.S. requirements in order to improve safety, economic growth, trade, and shipping on both sides of the border.

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Delphine Denis
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa

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