Transport of Dangerous Goods Departmental Initiative

Description of the Initiative

Transport Canada (TC) will improve the sharing of Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) enforcement instructions in a timely manner with provinces and territories. Specifically, TC will establish an informational web portal for all provinces and territories detailing compliance and enforcement instructions, and other tools. TC will further endeavour to update various TDG-related Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with provinces and territories.

How will Red Tape be reduced?

Red Tape will be reduced as this initiative will lead to more uniform application of the TDG Regulations in the Provinces and Territories. This will be accomplished by sharing instructions that relate to compliance and enforcement activities on Canadian roads and other tools and training information on the web portal for access by Provinces and Territories.

How will business benefit?

Business will benefit from improved uniformity of enforcement of the TDG Regulations because Provincial and Territorial inspectors will have access to enforcement instructions and tools for their implementation of the TDG Regulations across the country. Truckers transporting dangerous goods will benefit from consistent information provided to provinces and territories to enhance their interpretation and application of the regulations. There should be no additional cost for this initiative.

Who are the participating Departments?

Transport Canada

Task Force Committee comprised of Federal/Provincial/Territorial partners on the Transportation of Dangerous Goods

What are the implementation milestones?

Publish all TDG Enforcement instructions and other tools that relate to compliance and enforcement activities on Canadian roads on the web portal for access by Provinces and Territories by 2013. Share training information between TDG and Provinces and Territories to enhance uniformity of application by 2013. Establish a schedule with provinces and territories for updating Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) by 2014.

What are the performance indicators?

  • Publish all TDG enforcement instructions on the web portal within 10 business days of their approval.
  • Share enforcement tools and guidance information with provinces and territories to improve alignment of training materials, such as courseware and curricula.
  • 100% of all MOU with provinces and territories are updated by 2016 and reviewed every five years following this date.

For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.

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