Government of Canada expands engagement to improve the safe transportation of dangerous goods

News Release

Consulting Canadians and stakeholders to improve training for transportation of dangerous goods

December 6, 2016 – Ottawa – Transport Canada

The Government of Canada works hard to set the conditions for the safe movement of dangerous goods throughout Canada, be it by road, rail, water, or air. It is continuously reviewing ways to make things even safer for Canadians who depend on these goods for their modern way of life. For this reason, the Government is engaging with Canadians and stakeholders to improve training for those who regularly work with dangerous goods and for those who respond to rail incidents involving them.

Today, as part of the Government's commitment to providing Canadians with more opportunities to learn about, and participate in government, Transport Canada is launching Let's talk transportation of dangerous goods. This website will gather feedback from Canadians, with the goal of updating the training requirements in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations. Canadians, transportation stakeholders, provinces, territories, municipalities and Indigenous groups are invited to join the conversation on how dangerous goods are transported in Canada until the website closes on February 28, 2017.

Further, on December 14, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, will attend the inaugural meeting of the Steering Committee on First Responder Training. The Steering Committee, comprised of stakeholders from across the country, will help facilitate the development of a national flammable liquids curriculum for first responders, providing them with the knowledge and expertise necessary to respond to rail incidents involving flammable liquids.

Quick Facts

  • The Let’s talk transportation of dangerous goods website is seeking input on the training aspects of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations.
  • The Steering Committee on First Responder Training is being established in response to the Emergency Response Task Force’s recommendation for Transport Canada to provide assistance in the development of a national training curriculum for first responders.

Quote

“My personal commitment – as well as our government’s commitment – is to advance public safety through an enhanced Rail Safety program and an invigorated Transportation of Dangerous Goods program. This means ensuring those who work with dangerous goods regularly, and those who must respond if something should go wrong, receive the most comprehensive training possible. I believe this is best accomplished with feedback from Canadians and stakeholders. I hope that Canadians from communities across the country take part in the discussion on the website, and I look forward to meeting with stakeholders at the initial session of the Steering Committee on First Responder Training.”
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

Delphine Denis
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
613-991-0700
Delphine.Denis@tc.gc.ca

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055
media@tc.gc.ca

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