Regulatory Proposals under Development

Consultation - Regulations Amending the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (Marine Provisions)

April 1, 2017

An amendment entitled Regulations Amending the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (Marine Provisions) was published in Part I of the Canada Gazette on April 1, 2017 for a 30-day comment period. The amendment is accessible through the following URL: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2017/2017-04-01/html/reg3-eng.php

The marine provisions in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDG Regulations) have not been updated since 1992. With this amendment, Transport Canada is proposing to update the marine provisions in Part 11 of the TDG Regulations and special case provided for at section 1.30 of the TDG Regulations which grants exemptions for short-run ferries. This proposal has the following objectives:

  • Update the marine provisions in the TDG Regulations to reflect the terminology and definitions used in the current version of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 (CSA 2001) and in regulations that are made under the authority of the CSA 2001;
  • Update certain marine requirements to align with those in the Cargo, Fumigation and Tackle Regulations (CFTR) and the 49 CFR and reduce duplication;
  • Eliminate discrepancies between the definitions of short-run ferry in the TDG Regulations and in the CFTR and amend the exemption for short-run ferries in the TDG Regulations to provide clarity around the provisions from which it grants exemption;
  • Allow the transport of gasoline and propane in highway tanks on passenger carrying ferries operating over the most direct water route between two points not more than 5 km apart under certain conditions; and
  • Allow the transport of UN3156 COMPRESSED GAS, OXIDIZING, N.O.S. in quantities up to 25 L on passenger carrying vessels.

You are encouraged to read the Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement (RIAS) that precedes 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 May 1, 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, 330 Sparks Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1A 0N5
E-mail: TC.TDGRegulatoryProposal-TMDPropositionReglementaire.TC@tc.gc.ca

Public Notice – 30-day Public Consultation on Updated Transport Canada Standard TP14877

March 31, 2017

Background

The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Directorate updated the Transport Canada Standard TP14877, Containers for Transport of Dangerous Goods by Rail, December 2013. The standard covers large means of containment used in the offering for transport, handling and transport of dangerous goods by rail.

Highlights of the updated standard include:

  • Streamlining of regulatory requirements by incorporating external technical requirements, such as those included in Protective Direction 34, 37 and 38.
  • Updated dangerous goods list to align with the 19th edition of the United Nations Model Regulations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, including adjusted special provisions to reflect updated transportation requirements for sulphuric acid and hydrogen peroxide (UN2014 / UN2015).
  • Updated technical requirements for Class 3, Flammable Liquids and the new tank car specification known as TC117.
  • Improved harmonization between tank car requirements in Canada and the US, including tank car approvals, tank car design requirements and a new mechanism to secure One Time Movement Approvals (OTMA) – Category :2.
  • Updated material of construction requirements for tank cars, including the addition of stainless steel, normalized steel for dangerous goods classified as a toxic inhalation hazard (TIH) and improved thickness requirements for new tank car construction.

Documents

To request a copy of the standard, please send an email to
TC.TDGRegulatoryProposal-TMDPropositionReglementaire.TC@tc.gc.ca

Submisson of Comments

At this time, Transport Canada is seeking comments during the final development process of the updated Transport Canada Standard TP14877.

The feedback received will be taken into consideration in the development of the final standard to be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I in 2017.

Comments should be sent in writing at the address below by April 30, 2017.

Wali Sagaf, P.Eng.
Transportation of Dangerous Goods Directorate
Transport Canada
Place de Ville, Tower C, 9th Floor
330 Sparks Street
Ottawa ON K1A 0N5
Fax: 613-993-5925
E-mail: TC.TDGRegulatoryProposal-TMDPropositionReglementaire.TC@tc.gc.ca

Preliminary Consultation: Part 7 – Emergency Response Assistance Plans (ERAPs)

The Final Report and Recommendations of the Emergency Response Task Force (ERTF) were submitted to the Director General, Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) and published online in December 2016. Transport Canada (TC) has reviewed the recommendations, and has developed proposals for regulatory amendments and supporting guidance material.

Whether you are an individual interested on the topic, a first responder, a response organization or an ERAP holder, we are seeking your ideas on how we can further improve the ERAP program for the transportation of dangerous goods.

From now until May 1st 2017, we invite you to share your:

  • Feedback on our proposed changes to ERAP requirements (Part 7) of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations.
  • Ideas on how to develop guidance material that explains the regulations.

You can review our proposals in the consultation document available online at www.letstalktransportation.ca/part7eraps. The online consultation tool allows you to provide your input via direct online submission or by e-mail.

The received feedback will be considered in the development of proposed regulatory amendments and guidance material. Once developed, the proposed amendments will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part 1, for a 30-day comment period.

Should you wish to reach us directly, or should you experience problems with the online link, please contact us by e-mail at TC.TDGRegulatoryProposal-TMDPropositionReglementaire.TC@tc.gc.ca, with the subject heading “Part 7 – Emergency Response Assistance Plans (ERAPs)”.

Regulatory Affairs Branch
Transportation of Dangerous Goods
Transport Canada
Place de Ville, Tower, 330 Sparks Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1A 0N5
E-mail: TC.TDGRegulatoryProposal-TMDPropositionReglementaire.TC@tc.gc.ca

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