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Consultation Plan

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1. Consultation Objectives

Transport Canada is consulting with the public and grade crossing owners across Canada, in order to:

  • obtain their comments on the draft Railway-Roadway Grade Crossings Policy and Canadian Railway-Roadway Grade Crossings Standards (formerly RTD 10);
  • address any areas of concern or contention; and
  • have Regulations that will enhance safety at grade crossings for Canadians.

2. Consultation Process

Prior to publishing the draft Railway-Roadway Grade Crossings Regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I, consultations are being conducted in two phases to obtain comments from the public and grade crossing owners on the draft Railway-Roadway Grade Crossings Policy and Canadian Railway-Roadway Grade Crossings Standards (formerly RTD 10).

Phase 1: Online Consultations

  • A 60-day online consultation process from January 30 to April 24, 2012, encouraging the public and grade crossing owners to submit their views and comments to us in writing.

  • Written submissions will be posted on the Consultations Website.

  • During this period, grade crossing owners are invited to register to the second phase of the consultation process by completing and submitting the Registration Form before April 24, 2012.

Phase 2: Grade Crossing Owners Consultations Meetings

  • A series of targeted consultations meetings with road authorities, beneficiaries and railway companies across Canada.

  • Locations for meetings will include Moncton, New Brunswick; Montreal, Quebec; Toronto, Ontario; Edmonton, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia.

For dates and locations of the meetings, please consult the Schedule.

3. Grade Crossing Owners Consultations Meetings Approach

1. During the 60-day online consultation process, grade crossing owners will be invited to:

  • submit their written submission to Transport Canada;
  • complete and submit the Registration Form to confirm their attendance at the meeting in their province of choice; and
  • through the Registration Form, inform us if they wish to be considered to present their Written Submission at the meeting. Depending on the number of requests, a limited amount of participants may have to be selected to present due to time constraints.

2. National Meetings:

Consult on:

  • Draft Railway-Roadway Grade Crossings Policy; and
  • Canadian Railway-Roadway Grade Crossings Standards (formerly RTD 10).

Facilitated by: Sinapse Consultants

Participants: Railway companies, road authorities and beneficiaries

Meeting Structure:

  • Presentations from Transport Canada on key elements of the draft Policy.
  • Selected participants who expressed a desire to present their written submissions will be invited to do so. Each presenter will make a short overview of their submission.
  • The afternoon will be dedicated to structured open discussions.

Note: Documents will not be provided at the meetings unless previously requested.

4. Consultations Meetings Principles

  • Grade crossing owners will be invited to discuss their views, comments or proposals at the meetings. Advance written submissions are required.
  • Grade crossing owners may be represented by more than one person.
  • Accessibility and accommodation will be provided (e.g. for hearing or visually impaired participants) by prior arrangement with Transport Canada.

5. Reporting

The feedback obtained will be gathered into a Summary Report by consultants to be posted on the Consultations Website. As required, it will also be used to revise the draft Railway-Roadway Grade Crossings Regulations and the Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement.

Once approved, the Regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I for a 90-day formal consultation period.

6. Regulatory Development Milestones

Your views are important in the development of the Railway-Roadway Grade Crossings Regulations. The consultation process includes the following steps, where Transport Canada will:

  1. Allow stakeholders and the public 60 days to submit their views in writing.
  2. Conduct a series of targeted meetings with grade crossing owners across Canada.
  3. Review and consider your views.
  4. Revise the draft Regulations, as required.
  5. Publish the Regulations and Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement in the Canada Gazette, Part I.
  6. Allow stakeholders and the public 90 days to provide formal feedback.
  7. Make the Regulations final.
  8. Publish the Regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part II.