Regulatory Proposals under Development

An amendment entitled Regulations Amending the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (International Harmonization Update, 2016) was published in Part I of the Canada Gazette on November 26, 2016, for a 60-day public comment period. The amendment is accessible through the following URL:

Transport Canada updates the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations(TDG Regulations) on a regular basis to harmonize them – to the greatest extent possible – with the United Nations Model Regulations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UN Recommendations), the International Civil Aviation Organization Technical Instructions (ICAO TI's), the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG), as well as to harmonize requirements with the United States (US) under the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) work plan. The proposed amendment has the following objectives:

  • Harmonize with international regulatory requirements by updating the TDG Regulations to incorporate changes introduced in the 19th edition of the UN Recommendations, the IMDG Code 2014 and the 2015-2016 ICAO TI's with respect to safety marks, classification information, shipping names, special provisions, and marine pollutants.
  • Introduce dynamic references (also known as "ambulatory references") for the international codes mentioned above and some technical standards that are incorporated in the TDG Regulations. This would allow the most recent versions of these documents to be used.
  • Reduce regulatory barriers on cross-border trade with the US by proposing reciprocity of regulatory requirements for pressure receptacles and special permits and equivalency certificates.

You are encouraged to read the Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement (RIAS) that follows the regulatory text in the proposal. The RIAS provides plain language background information explaining why the changes are required, as well as a description of the main updates that would be made. It provides Transport Canada's rationale for proceeding with the changes, and outlines the expected costs and benefits that would result from the proposal. It also summarizes the consultations that Transport Canada has held to date on related issues, and shows how the comments received have been addressed in the proposal.

All interested parties are invited to comment on this proposed amendment. Comments should be sent in writing at the address below by January 25, 2017. The feedback received will be taken into consideration in the development of the final amendment to be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II.

Regulatory Affairs Branch
Transportation of Dangerous Goods
Transport Canada
Place de Ville, Tower C, 330 Sparks Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1A 0N5

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