Rail Safety Improvement Program

From Transport Canada

The Rail Safety Improvement Program (RSIP) provides grant and contribution funding to improve rail safety and reduce injuries and fatalities related to rail transportation. The program funds:

  • safety improvements to existing rail lines
  • closures of grade crossings
  • initiatives to raise awareness about rail safety issues across Canada

The Rail Safety Improvement Program (RSIP) has two key components:

  1. Infrastructure, Technology and Research (ITR)
  2. Public Education and Awareness (E&A) 

This program builds on Transport Canada's Grade Crossing Improvement, Grade Crossing Closure, and Operation Lifesaver Programs.

Eligibility for funding

Eligible recipients for both components of this program include:

  • provinces, territories, municipalities, and local governments
  • road/transit authorities and crown corporations
  • for-profit and not-for-profit organizations
  • indigenous groups, communities, and organizations
  • individuals

Infrastructure, Technology and Research Component

The Infrastructure, Technology and Research (ITR) Component funds projects that address the immediate rail safety needs of communities. Funding is available as follows:

  • $12 million in 2016/2017
  • $20 million in 2017/2018
  • $20 million in 2018/2019

Depending on the nature of your project, grants and contributions are available to fund safety enhancements and research on an annual or multi-year basis. For grade crossing closures, the maximum grants are $25,000 to close a public crossing or $6,000 to close a private crossing.

Application deadline

  • We are now accepting applications for projects starting in 2017-2018. A call for proposals is open.
  • The deadline for applications is December 23, 2016.

See the Applicant's Guide for more information on when and how to apply.

Public Education and Awareness Component

The Public Education and Awareness (E&A) Component funds public education projects aimed at reducing railway-grade crossing collisions and trespassing incidents on railway property, particularly in high-risk areas.

Transport Canada will contribute up to $2.4 million in total for this component. Eligible recipients will receive up to 50% of their total eligible costs for an education and awareness project.

Application deadline

  • We are now accepting applications for projects starting in 2017-2018. A call for proposals is open.
  • The deadline for applications is January 31, 2017.

See the Applicant's Guide for more information on when and how to apply.

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