Railway Administrative Monetary Penalties

Railway Administrative Monetary Penalties are fines issued by Transport Canada to corporations and individuals for contraventions to the Railway Safety Act, or regulations and rules made under the Act.

Below is a list of Railway Administrative Monetary Penalties issued by Transport Canada.

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Served to Date of Service Alleged Contravention Status Penalty Amount
Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway Company January 9, 2018 On or near July 25, 2017, at Mile 126.8 on the Wacouna Subdivision, near Station Mai, Sept-Iles, Quebec, Quebec North Shore and Labrador left unattended equipment on main-track without having applied sufficient handbrakes and without having conducted an effectiveness test in violation of Rule 112(a) of the Canadian Rail Operating Rules (CROR) and section 17.2 of the Railway Safety Act (Act) by operating a railway otherwise than in accordance with rules made under Sections 19 or 20 of the Act, which apply to Quebec North Shore and Labrador. The Notice of Violation was served on January 9, 2018. The company has 30 days to either pay the amount of the penalty or request a review at the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada. $54,666.12
Canadian National Railway December 20, 2017 Between December 20, 2016 and January 9, 2017, at mile 112.8 of CN’s Lac La Biche Subdivision at or near Edmonton, Alberta, CN did not ensure that the warning system was maintained in accordance with article 17.1 of the Grade Crossing Standards that requires that inspection and testing of warning systems be done in accordance with article 3.3.1 and 3.1.15 of AREMA Communications and Signals Manual thereby contravening subsection 93(2) of the Grade Crossing Regulations. The Notice of Violation was served on December 20, 2017. The company has 30 days to either pay the amount of the penalty or request a review at the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada. $55,500.24
City of Ottawa carrying business as Capital Railway (Capital Railway) September 15, 2017 On or about May 3, 2017 on the Ellwood Subdivision at Gladstone Station, in or near Ottawa, Ontario, the City of Ottawa carrying business as Capital Railway (Capital Railway), operated railway equipment on a railway otherwise than in accordance with Rule 439 of the Canadian Rail Operating Rules that apply to Capital Railway, when it failed to stop train C7 at a signal 73 East displaying Stop, thereby violating section 17.2 of the Railway Safety Act. The Notice of Violation was served on September 15, 2017. The company has 30 days to either pay the amount of the penalty or request a review at the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada. $42,708.06
Canadian National Railway August 17, 2017 On or about April 20, 2017 in Garneau Yard, located in Shawinigan, Québec, the Canadian National Railway allowed railway freight cars to be continued in service with safety defects described in Part II of the Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules. The Notice of Violation was served on August 17, 2017. The company has 30 days to either pay the amount of the penalty or request a review at the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada. $71,499.12
Canadian Pacific Railway March 14, 2017 On or about October 24, 2016 at or near Smith Falls, Ontario, on the Belleville Subdivision, Canadian Pacific Railway Company allegedly committed a violation by operating railway equipment on a railway otherwise than in accordance with Rule 439 of the Canadian Rail Operating Rules that apply to CP Rail when its employees failed to stop a movement at a STOP signal, thereby violating section 17.2 of the Railway Safety Act.

On or about October 15, 2016 at or near Toronto, Ontario, on the Mactier/Galt Subdivision, Canadian Pacific Railway Company allegedly committed a violation by operating railway equipment on a railway otherwise than in accordance with Rule 439 of the Canadian Rail Operating Rules that apply to CP Rail when its employees failed to stop a movement at a STOP signal, thereby violating section 17.2 of the Railway Safety Act.

On or about August 21, 2016 at or near North Toronto, Ontario, on the North Toronto Subdivision, Canadian Pacific Railway Company allegedly committed a violation by operating railway equipment on a railway otherwise than in accordance with Rule 439 of the Canadian Rail Operating Rules that apply to CP Rail when its employees failed to stop a movement at a STOP signal, thereby violating section 17.2 of the Railway Safety Act.
The Notice of Violation was served on March 14, 2017. The company has 30 days to either pay the amount of the penalty or request a review at the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada. $61,749.24
Canadian National Railway February 7, 2017 On or about October 19, 2016 on the Brazeau Subdivision between approximately mile 0 to mile 25, in the Lacombe County, near Blackfalds, Alberta, the Canadian National Railway operated railway equipment on a railway otherwise than in accordance with Part II Subpart D V.(d) of the Rules Respecting Track Safety by operating railway equipment on conventional jointed track, when each rail was not bolted with at least two bolts at each joint in Classes 2 through 5 track thereby violating section 17.2 of the Railway Safety Act. The Notice of Violation was served on February 7, 2017. The company has 30 days to either pay the amount of the penalty or request a review at the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada. $45,833.04
Canadian National Railway February 7, 2017 On or about October 20, 2016 on the Camrose Subdivision between approximately mile 75 to mile 95.1, in the City of Camrose, Alberta, the Canadian National Railway operated railway equipment on a railway otherwise than in accordance with Part II Subpart D V.(d) of the Rules Respecting Track Safety by operating railway equipment on conventional jointed track, when each rail was not bolted with at least two bolts at each joint in Classes 2 through 5 track thereby violating section 17.2 of the Railway Safety Act. The Notice of Violation was served on February 7, 2017. The company has 30 days to either pay the amount of the penalty or request a review at the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada. $71,499.12
VIA Rail Canada Inc. February 1, 2017 On or about September 5, 2016 at or near Bayview, Ontario, VIA Rail Canada Inc. operated railway equipment on a railway otherwise than in accordance with Rule 439 of the Canadian Rail Operating Rules that apply to VIA Rail Canada Inc, when its employees failed to stop a movement at a STOP signal, thereby violating section 17.2 of the Railway Safety Act. The Notice of Violation was served on February 1, 2017. The company has 30 days to either pay the amount of the penalty or request a review at the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada. $39,583.08
An individual October 28, 2016 On or about July 27, 2016 in or near Cap Santé, in Province of Quebec, the Individual did not ensure that no obstacle was placed on the Individual's property that would restrict the circulation of vehicles to avoid that a vehicle would block the crossing or that a vehicle would not be able to clear the crossing upon arrival of a train, by parking a car in the entrance of the Individual's property located in Cap Santé, Québec, thereby restricting circulation of vehicles, in violation of a Notice and Order issued on November 27, 2015 by Railway Safety Inspector François Cournoyer, under the authority of subsection 31(2) of the Railway Safety Act, which pursuant to section 40.13 of the Railway Safety Act, constitutes a violation of a designated provision. The Notice of Violation was served on October 28, 2016. The Individual has sent a request for revision at the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada. The hearing date and location are still to be determined. $1,500.00
Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) May 27, 2016

On or about October 22, 2015 in Welland, Ontario, Canadian Pacific Railway failed to ensure that the freight car placed or continued in service was free from all safety defects described in Part II of the Railway Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules, thereby contravening Rule 4.1 of the Railway Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules and section 17. 2 of the Railway Safety Act, by placing or continuing in service Car NRLX 528238 while it had a couple knuckle that was broken or cracked on the inside pulling face of the knuckle, contrary to Rule 15.1(b) of the Railway Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules. Administrative Monetary Penalty: $8,381.75

On or about October 22, 2015 in Welland, Ontario, Canadian Pacific Railway failed to ensure that the freight cars placed or continued in service were free from all safety defects described in Part II of the Railway Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules, thereby contravening Rule 4.1 of the Railway Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules and section 17. 2 of the Railway Safety Act, by placing or continuing in service Car CP 355194 and Car CP 355221 while they had a coupler with an inoperative lock lift or a coupler assembly that did not have anti-creep protection to prevent unintentional unlocking of the coupler lock, contrary to Rule 15.1(f) of the Railway Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules. Administrative Monetary Penalty: $8,381.75

On or about November 10, 2015 in Agincourt (Toronto Yard), Ontario, Canadian Pacific Railway failed to ensure that the freight car placed or continued in service was free from all safety defects described in Part II of the Railway Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules, thereby contravening Rule 4.1 of the Railway Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules and section 17.2 of the Railway Safety Act, by placing or continuing in service Car CN 710874 while a vertical coupler pin retainer plate was missing, contrary to Rule 16.1(c)i)of the Railway Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules Administrative Monetary Penalty: $8,381.75

On or about November 13, 2015 in Agincourt (Toronto Yard), Ontario, Canadian Pacific Railway failed to ensure that the freight car placed or continued in service was free from all safety defects described in Part II of the Railway Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules, thereby contravening Rule 4.1 of the Railway Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules and section 17. 2 of the Railway Safety Act, by placing or continuing in service Car CN 710874 while a vertical coupler pin retainer plate was missing, contrary to Rule 16.1(c) i)of the Railway Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules. Administrative Monetary Penalty: $8,381.75

On or about December 2, 2015 in Alliston Yard, Ontario the Canadian Pacific Railway failed to ensure that the freight car placed or continued in service was free from all safety defects described in Part II of the Railway Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules, thereby contravening Rule 4.1 of the Railway Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules and section 17.2 of the Railway Safety Act, by placing or continuing in service Car TTGX 973665 while a car cushioning unit was broken, inoperative or missing a part, contrary to Rule 16.1(h) of the Railway Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules. Administrative Monetary Penalty: $8,381.75

On or about December 3, 2015 in Alliston Yard, Ontario, the Canadian Pacific Railway failed to ensure that the freight car placed or continued in service was free from all safety defects described in Part II of the Railway Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules, thereby contravening Rule 4.1 of the Railway Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules and section 17.2 of the Railway Safety Act, by placing or continuing in service Car TTGX 973665 while a car cushioning unit was broken, inoperative or missing a part, contrary to Rule 16.1(h) of the Railway Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules. Administrative Monetary Penalty: $8,381.75

On or about March 2, 2016 in Wolverton, Ontario, the Canadian Pacific Railway failed to ensure that the freight car placed or continued in service was free from all safety defects described in Part II of the Railway Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules, thereby contravening Rule 4.1 of the Railway Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules and section 17. 2 of the Railway Safety Act, by placing or continuing in service Car TTGX 254161 while a car cushioning unit was broken, inoperative or missing a part, contrary to 16.1(h) of the Railway Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules. Administrative Monetary Penalty: $8,381.75

The Notice of Violation for the alleged violation was served on May 27, 2016. CPR has until June 28, 2016 to either pay the penalty or file an application with the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada for a review of the facts of the alleged contravention or the amount of the penalty.

$58,672.08

Cando Contracting Ltd. March 21, 2016 On or about March 1, 2016, at or near Regina, Saskatchewan, Cando Contracting Ltd. left car GATX 67963 unattended on run around track RA 28 of the CN Quappelle Subdivision, without a sufficient number of hand brakes applied and determined sufficient through an effectiveness test, thereby violating Rule 112(d) of the Canadian Rail Operating Rules and section 17.2 of the Railway Safety Act, by operating railway equipment on a railway otherwise than in accordance with the rules made under sections 19 or 20 that apply to Cando Contracting Ltd. The Notice of Violation for the alleged contravention was served on Cando Contracting Ltd on March 23, 2016.
Cando Contracting Ltd. has until May 1, 2016, to either pay the administrative monetary penalty or file a written request with the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada for a review of the facts of the alleged contravention or the amount of the penalty.
$54,666.12
Cando Contracting Ltd. March 21, 2016 On or about March 1, 2016, at or near Regina, Saskatchewan, Cando Contracting Ltd operated railway equipment on a railway otherwise than in accordance with Rule 125 of the Canadian Rail Operating Rules that apply to Cando Contracting Ltd., by having its employee failing to transmit the word "EMERGENCY" three times at the beginning of the transmission, to indicate the report of a condition which may constitute a hazard to employees or others, or a condition which may endanger the passage of movements when car GATX 67963 rolled uncontrolled onto CN Main Track, thereby violating section 17.2 of the Railway Safety Act. The Notice of Violation for the alleged contravention was served on Cando Contracting Ltd on March 23, 2016.
Cando Contracting Ltd. has until May 1, 2016, to either pay the administrative monetary penalty or to file a written request with the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada for a review of the facts of the alleged contravention or the amount of the penalty.
$54,666.12
Canadian National Railway (CN) December 9, 2015

On or about September 22, 2015 at the road-railway public grade crossing located at Mile 144.60 on the Rivers Subdivision at Highway 25 in Rivers, Province of Manitoba, the Canadian National Railway Company allowed equipment to stand as to cause the unnecessary operation of warning devices, thereby violating Rule 103.1(e) of the Canadian Rail Operating Rules.

The Notice of Violation for the alleged violation was served on December 9, 2015 the Canadian National Railway Company. The Canadian National Railway Company had until January 8, 2016 to either pay the administrative monetary penalty or file a written request with the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada for a review of the facts of the alleged contravention or the amount of the penalty.

On December 30, 2015 the Canadian National Railway Company filed a written request for review with the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada.

The Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada has set the date of the hearing on April 26, 2016.

$45,833.04
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