How to Apply for an Equivalency Certificate (Permit of Equivalent Level of Safety)

Section 14.1 of the Transportation Dangerous Goods Regulations states that an application for a Permit of Equivalent Level of Safety must contain the following information:

  • (a) if the applicant is an individual, the name of the individual;
  • (b) if the applicant is a company or an association, the name of the company or association and each association member, as the names appear in letters patent, articles of incorporation or any other document that shows the legal identity of the company or the association and each association member;
  • (c) the address of the place of business of the applicant;
  • (d) the telephone number, including the area code, and, if applicable, the electronic mailing address and the facsimile number of the applicant;
  • (e) if a person submits an application on behalf of a company or an association, the person's name and position and the telephone number, including the area code, and address of the person's place of business;
  • (f) the classification of the dangerous goods and, if the dangerous goods are in a solution or mixture, the composition and percentage (specified by volume, mass or net explosives quantity) of each chemical;
  • (g) the method of packaging the dangerous goods, including a description of the means of containment and the quantity of dangerous goods in each means of containment;
  • (h) whether the permit for equivalent level of safety is requested for transport by road vehicle, railway vehicle, aircraft or ship;
  • (i) a description of the proposal for a permit for equivalent level of safety, including S0R12008-34
    • (i) the requirements of the Act or these Regulations that the applicant proposes not to comply with,
    • (ii) the manner in which the activity will be carried out and how that manner will provide a level of safety at least equivalent to that provided by compliance with the Act and these Regulations, and
    • (iii) drawings, plans, calculations, procedures, test results and any other information necessary to support the proposal;
  • (j) the length of time or the schedule of activities for which the permit for equivalent level of safety is requested; and
  • (k) the name, position and business telephone number, including the area code, of the person who can be contacted regarding the application for a permit for equivalent level of safety and who is authorized by the applicant to speak on the applicant's behalf.

All information from a to k must be provided. Missing information will delay the application process.

Note for applicants seeking an Equivalency Certificate (formerly known as a Permit for Equivalent Level of Safety) in relation to Means of Containment (Part 5) of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDG Regulations):

In submitting an application for an Equivalency Certificate in relation to Part 5 of the TDG Regulations, an applicant is expected to demonstrate that the proposed activities or proposed means of containment offer a level of safety equivalent to that achieved by complying with the provisions of an existing safety standard that is referenced in Part 5 of the TDG Regulations. Read more information regarding Part 5 of the TDG Regulations and the referenced safety standards. Applicants seeking relief from the requirements of any safety standards referenced in Part 5 of the TDG Regulations must submit additional information to support their application. In addressing item i. (ii) above, the applicant must describe the proposed activities or proposed means of containment in detail and demonstrate that the proposed activities or means of containment offer a level of safety equivalent to that achieved by complying with the requirements of the applicable safety standards. Applicants must also provide all other information that is required in order to demonstrate compliance with all other requirements of that safety standard.

Applicants should consult the Engineering Services Division prior to submitting an application for an Equivalency Certificate in relation to Part 5 of the TDG Regulations. This consultation will be used to provide feedback to the applicant regarding the scope of the application and to confirm the information that will be needed to process the application. The goal of this consultation is to ensure that applicants are well informed prior to submitting their request and to ensure that the applicant is able to submit a complete application. Incomplete applications delay the review process and may result in the denial of the application. In order to initiate a consultation, please submit a request for a consultation via email to tdgcontainers-tmdcontenants@tc.gc.ca and include a general description of the scope of the Equivalency Certificate that you are seeking.

Applications can be forwarded to one of the following addresses:

Equivalency Certificates:

You can register and submit an application online.

Register

By mail:
David Lamarche
Chief, Approvals and Special Regulatory Projects
Transporation of Dangerous Goods Directorate
Transport Canada
330 Sparks Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa ON K1A 0N5

By fax: (613) 993-5925

By e-mail: tdgapprovals@tc.gc.ca.

Any inquiries regarding an application can be directed to tdgapprovals@tc.gc.ca or 1-855-298-1520.

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