Reporting Requirements

The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992 (TDG Act) requires reporting dangerous goods incidents which meet or exceed established reporting criteria listed in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDG Regulations).

In the event of an emergency involving dangerous goods, call CANUTEC at 1-888-CAN-UTEC (226-8832), 613-996-6666 or *666 on a cellular phone.

Who should report?

The report must be made by the person who has the charge, management or control of a means of containment (e.g. a driver, a company representative, a shipmaster, a train operator etc.) at the time of the incident if the release or anticipated release (e.g. spills, accidents), loss or theft of dangerous goods that is or could be in excess of a quantity or concentration specified by regulation from the means of containment if it endangers, or could endanger, public safety.

When to report?

Part 8 of the TDG Regulations (Reporting Requirements) requires a number of different report types. When certain conditions are met, persons subject to the TDG Regulations must submit one of the report types below.

  • Reports for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road, Rail and Marine
    • Emergency Report – Road, Rail or Marine (Section 8.2 of the TDG Regulations)
    • Release or Anticipated Release Report – Road, Rail or Marine (Section 8.4 of the TDG Regulations)
    • 30-Day Follow-Up Report (Section 8.6 of the TDG Regulations)
  • Reports for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air
    • Dangerous Goods Accident or Incident Report — Air (Section 8.9 of the TDG Regulations)
    • 30-Day Follow-up Report (Section 8.11 of the TDG Regulations)
    • Undeclared or Misdeclared Dangerous Goods Report (Section 8.14 of the TDG Regulations)
  • Reports Relating to Security – All Modes of Transport
    • Loss or Theft Report (Section 8.16 of the TDG Regulations)
    • Unlawful Interference Report (Section 8.18 of the TDG Regulations)

Emergency Report – Road, Rail or Marine Transport

Here is a list of local authorities responsible for responding to emergencies.

Flowchart - Emergency Report – Road, Rail or Marine Transport

Does the release or anticipated release exceed the quantity in the table and endanger or could it endanger public safety?

  • No: No further action from a TDG perspective
  • Yes: Emergency Report by telephone must be made to local authorities responsible for responding to emergencies. Refer to Release or Anticipated Release Report – Road, Rail or Marine.

Table of quantity versus class and packing group of Dangerous Goods

Class Packing Group or Category Quantity
1 II Any quantity
2 Not applicable Any quantity
3, 4, 5, 6.1 or 8 I or II Any quantity
3, 4, 5, 6.1 or 8 III 30 L or 30 kg
6.2 A or B Any quantity
7 Not applicable A level of ionizing radiation greater than the level established in section 39 of the "Packaging and Transport of Nuclear Substances Regulations, 2015"
9 II or III, or without packing group 30 L or 30 kg

Release or Anticipated Release Report - Road, Rail or Marine

Flowchart - Release or Anticipated Release Report – Road, Rail or Marine

Did the release or anticipated release result in: the death of a person; the treatment of a person's injuries by a health care professional; an evacuation or shelter in place; the closure of a facility, road, main railway line, main waterway

Or if: the means of containment has been damaged so that its integrity is compromised; the centre sill or stub sill of a tank car is broken or has a crack in the metal of at least 15 cm (6 in)?

  • No: No further action from a TDG perspective
  • Yes: Release or Anticipated Release Report – Road, Rail or Marine (Section 8.4 of the TDG Regulations) must be submitted to: CANUTEC at 1-888-CAN-UTEC (226-8832), 613-996-6666 or *666 on a cell phone; and the consignor. Are the dangerous goods included in Class 7?
    • No: Are you considered marine transport?
      • No: Are you considered Road transport?
        • No: refer to the 30-Day Follow-up Report (Form TP16-0086)
        • Yes: Please take note that the company policy may require you to make a telephone report to: the employer; or for a road vehicle, the vehicle's owner, lessee or charterer. Refer to the 30-Day Follow-up Report (Form TP16-0086).
      • Yes: A report must be made to a Vessel Traffic Services Centre or a Canadian Coast Guard radio station. Refer to the 30-Day Follow-up Report (Form TP16-0086).
    • Yes: A report must be made to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. Refer to the 30-Day Follow-up Report (Form TP16-0086).

Dangerous Goods Accident or Incident Report — Air

Flowchart - Dangerous Goods Accident or Incident Report — Air

Does the release or anticipated release endangers or could it endanger public safety?

Does the release or anticipated release exceeds the quantity in the table?

Does the release or anticipated release results in: death or injury to a person; property or environmental damage; serious jeopardy to persons or aircraft; an evacuation or shelter in place; the closure of an air cargo facility, aerodrome or runway?

Are there are signs that the integrity of the means of containment is compromised?

  • No: No further action required from a TDG perspective
  • Yes: A Report of Accident or Incident Involving Dangerous Goods – Air (Section 8.9 of the TDG Regulations) must be made to: CANUTEC at 1-888-CAN-UTEC (226-8832), 613-996-6666 or *666 on a cell phone. Are the dangerous goods included in Class 7?
    • No: refer to the 30-Day Follow-up Report (Form TP16-0086)
    • Yes: A report must be made to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. Refer to the 30-Day Follow-up Report (Form TP16-0086).

Table of quantity versus class of Dangerous Goods

Class Quantity
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 or 9 Any quantity
7 A level of ionizing radiation greater than the level established in section 39 of the "Packaging and Transport of Nuclear Substances Regulations, 2015"

Undeclared or Misdeclared Dangerous Goods Report - Air

A report must be made as soon as possible after discovering, at an aerodrome or air cargo facility or on board an aircraft, dangerous goods that have none of the documentation or dangerous goods marks set out in Parts 1 to 6 and 8 of the ICAO Technical Instructions after it's been accepted for transport.

Report must be made to:

CANUTEC, at 1-888-CANUTEC (1-888-226-8832), 613-996-6666 or *666 on a cell phone

Loss or Theft Report (all modes of transport)

Please refer to section 8.16 of the TDG Regulations for conditions under which a loss or theft report must be made.

Unlawful interference Report (all modes of transport)

Please refer to section 8.18 of the TDG Regulations for conditions under which an unlawful interference report must be made.

How to make an Emergency Report?

The person required to make an emergency report must contact their local authorities responsible for responding to emergencies found in the table below:

Province Authority
Alberta 911 (or local police) and relevant provincial authorities (1-800-272-9600) or Canadian Coast Guard (1-800-889-8852)
British Columbia 911 (or local police) and Provincial Emergency Program (1-800-663-3456) or Canadian Coast Guard (1-800-889-8852)
Prince Edward Island 911 (or local police) or Canadian Coast Guard (1-800-565-1633)
Manitoba 911 (local police or fire department) and Sustainable Development (1-855-944-4888) or Canadian Coast Guard (1-800-889-8852)
New Brunswick 911 (or local police) or Canadian Coast Guard (1-800-565-1633)
Nova Scotia 911 (or local police) or Canadian Coast Guard (1-800-565-1633)
Ontario 911 (or local police) or Canadian Coast Guard (1-800-265-0237)
Quebec 911 (or local police) or Canadian Coast Guard (1-800-363-4735)
Saskatchewan Local police, Spill Control Centre (1-800-667-7525)) or Canadian Coast Guard (1-800-889-8852)
Newfoundland and Labrador 911 (or local police) and Canadian Coast Guard (1-800-563-9089)
Nunavut Territory 911 (or local police) and relevant authorities (867-920-8130)
Nunavut Territory and arctic waters (waters north of the Northwest and Yukon Territories) Canadian Coast Guard (1-800-265-0237)
Yukon Territory 911 (or local police) and relevant authorities (867-667-7244) or Canadian Coast Guard (1-800-889-8852)
Northwest Territories 911 (or local police) and relevant authorities (867-920-8130) or Canadian Coast Guard (1-800-889-8852)
CANUTEC 1-888-CAN-UTEC (226-8832), 613-996-6666, or *666 on a cellular phone
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission CNSC duty officer emergency line (613-995-0479)
Natural Resources Canada 613-995-5555

30-Day Follow-up Report

When must I make a written 30-day Follow-up Report?

When the person who has the charge, management or control of a means of containment:

  • Has had to make a Release or Anticipated Release Report – Road, Rail or Marine by telephone (see "When to Report?").
  • Has had to make a Dangerous Goods Accident or Incident Report – Air (see "When to Report?").

When the person who made the 30-Day Follow-up Report:

  • Must make an addition or amendment to a 30-day Follow-up Report.

Who should make the 30-Day Follow-up Report?

The person who made the report referred to in sections 8.4 and 8.9 of the TDG Regulations must complete the 30-Day Follow-up Report and submit it in writing to the Director General of the TDG Directorate within 30 days after the date of said Release or Anticipated Release Report – Road, Rail or Marine, or Dangerous Goods Accident or Incident Report – Air. You can send the 30-day follow-up report by mail, by fax or by email to:

Transportation of Dangerous Goods Directorate
Transport Canada
Place de Ville, Tower C, 9th Floor
330 Sparks Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0N5
Fax: 613-990-2917
Email: dor-rcd@tc.gc.ca

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