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

Canadian National Railway (CN)

April 5, 2019

On or about July 10, 2018, on the Lac La Biche Subdivision, between approximately mile 29 and mile 71, in Lac La Biche County, near Redwater, Alberta, the Canadian National Railway maintained a railway otherwise than in accordance with Part II Subpart D II.(d) of the Rules Respecting Track Safety by operating railway equipment on conventional jointed track in Class 1 and Class 2 track, when each rail joint was not supported by at least one crosstie in accordance with Part II Subpart D II.(c) of the Rules Respecting Track Safety thereby violating section 17.2 of the Railway Safety Act.

On or about July 11, 2018, on the Lac La Biche Subdivision, between approximately mile 113 and mile 220, in Lac La Biche County, near Conklin, Alberta, the Canadian National Railway maintained a railway otherwise than in accordance with Part II Subpart D II.(d) of the Rules Respecting Track Safety by operating railway equipment on conventional jointed track in Class 1 and Class 2 track, when each rail joint was not supported by at least one crosstie in accordance with Part II Subpart D II.(c) of the Rules Respecting Track Safety thereby violating section 17.2 of the Railway Safety Act.
Administrative Monetary Penalty: $66,624.18

On or about July 11, 2018, on the Lac La Biche Subdivision between approximately mile 113 and 220, in Lac La Biche County, near Conklin, Alberta, the Canadian National Railway maintained 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.
Administrative Monetary Penalty: $66,624.18 

The company has 30 days to either pay the amount of the penalty or request a review at the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada.

$133,248.36

Canadian National Railway (CN)

January 21, 2019

On or about December 6, 2018, at the road-railway public grade crossing located at Mile 0.75 on the Camrose Subdivision in Edmonton, Province of Alberta, CN allowed equipment to stand on the crossing surface and conduct switching operations in a manner that obstructed the public grade crossing for approximately 36:54 minutes beyond the permitted 5-minute period, when vehicular or pedestrian traffic was waiting to cross it, thereby violating subsection 97(2) of the Grade Crossings Regulations.

The company has requested a review at the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada.

$170,000.00

Canadian National Railway (CN)

November 29, 2018

(1) a. On or about March 10, 2018, at the road-railway public grade crossing located on the Camrose Subdivision in Edmonton, Alberta, CN allowed equipment to stand as to cause the unnecessary operation the warning system for approximately 5:34:49, thereby violating Subsection 97(1) of the Grade Crossings Regulations.Administrative Monetary Penalty: $75,000.00

(1) b. On or about February 21, 2018, at the road-railway public grade crossing located on the Camrose Subdivision in Edmonton, Alberta, in two instances, CN allowed equipment to stand on the crossing surface, in a manner that obstructed the public grade crossing, once for approximately 01:03:12 and again, for approximately 11:26 beyond the permitted 5-minute period, when vehicular or pedestrian traffic was waiting to cross it, thereby violating Subsection 97(2) of the Grade Crossings Regulations. Administrative Monetary Penalty: $18,750.00

(1) c. On or about March 8, 2018, at the road-railway public grade crossing located on the Camrose Subdivision in Edmonton, Alberta, in two instances, CN allowed equipment to stand on the crossing surface, in a manner that obstructed the public grade crossing, once for approximately 25:39 and again, for approximately 32:58 beyond the permitted 5-minute period, when vehicular or pedestrian traffic was waiting to cross it, thereby violating Subsection 97(2) of the Grade Crossings Regulations. Administrative Monetary Penalty: $18,750.00

(1) d. On or about March 10, 2018, at the road-railway public grade crossing located on the Camrose Subdivision in Edmonton, Alberta, CN allowed equipment to stand on the crossing surface, in a manner that obstructed the public grade crossing for approximately 14:43 beyond the permitted 5-minute period, when vehicular or pedestrian traffic was waiting to cross it, thereby violating Subsection 97(2) of the Grade Crossings Regulations. Administrative Monetary Penalty: $18,750.00

(1) e. On or about June 1, 2018, at the road-railway public grade crossing located on the Camrose Subdivision in Edmonton, Alberta, CN allowed equipment to stand on the crossing surface, in a manner that obstructed the public grade crossing for approximately 01:28:44 beyond the permitted 5-minute period when vehicular or pedestrian traffic was waiting to cross it, thereby violating Subsection 97(2) of the Grade Crossings Regulations. Administrative Monetary Penalty: $18,750.00

The company has requested a review at the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada.

$150,000.00

Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)

July 13, 2018

(1) a. On or about August 28, 2017 at Agincourt Yard in Toronto, Ontario, CP failed to ensure that the freight cars placed or continued in service were free from all safety defects described in the 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 CPAA 211043 while it had an improperly secured body centre plate on the A end, contrary to Rule 14.1(i)(i) of the Railway Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules. Administrative Monetary Penalty: $13,020.75

(1) b. On or about October 20, 2017 at Agincourt Yard in Toronto, Ontario, CP failed to ensure that the freight cars placed or continued in service were free from all safety defects described in General Order O-10 (Railway Safety Appliance Standards Regulations), 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 344759 while it had a bent uncoupling lever and bracket at the B end, contrary to Rule 15.1(f) of the Railway Safety Appliance Standards Regulations. Administrative Monetary Penalty: $13,020.75

(1) c. On or about October 20, 2017 at Agincourt Yard in Toronto, Ontario, CP 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 214174 while it had a truck side bearing broken at the AR location, contrary to Rule 13.1(c)i) of the Railway Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules. Administrative Monetary Penalty: $13,020.75

(1) d. On or about October 19, 2017 failed to ensure that the freight cars placed or continued in service were free from all safety defects under Rule 4.1 of the Railway Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules described under Part II of the Railway Freight Car Inspection and Safety Rules thereby contravening section 17.2 of the Railway Safety Act when it placed or continued in service car GACX 54854 while it had a broken running board at BR location, contrary to section 112.21(1) of the Railway Safety Appliance Standards Regulations. Administrative Monetary Penalty: $13,020.75

(2) a. On or about October 18, 2017 in Agincourt Yard, Toronto, Ontario, CP failed to ensure all brake equipment was maintained in a safe and serviceable condition by continuing in service car WCTR 866852 with a truck mounted piston travel excessive at location 1 and 2 of the car, contrary to current AAR Interchange Rule 3(A)(1.)(d.)(2), thereby contravening Rule 20.1(a) of the Railway Freight and Passenger Train Brake and Safety Rules and section 17.2 of the Railway Safety Act. Administrative Monetary Penalty: $17,361.00

(2) b. On or about October 20, 2017 in Agincourt Yard, Toronto, Ontario, CP failed to ensure all brake equipment was maintained in a safe and serviceable condition by continuing in service car WCTR 866852 with a truck mounted piston travel excessive at location 1 and 2 of the car, contrary to current AAR Interchange Rule 3(A)(1.)(d.)(2), thereby contravening Rule 20.1(a) of the Railway Freight and Passenger Train Brake and Safety Rules and section 17.2 of the Railway Safety Act. Administrative Monetary Penalty: $17,361.00

(2) c. On or about March 31, 2018 in Agincourt Yard, Toronto, Ontario, CP failed to ensure all brake equipment was maintained in a safe and serviceable condition by continuing in service car WCTR 866852 with a truck mounted piston travel excessive at location 1 and 2 of the car, contrary to current AAR Interchange Rule 3(A)(1.)(d.)(2), thereby contravening Rule 20.1(a) of the Railway Freight and Passenger Train Brake and Safety Rules and section 17.2 of the Railway Safety Act. Administrative Monetary Penalty: $17,361.00

The penalty amount was paid on August 3, 2018.

$104,166.00

City of Ottawa carrying business as Capital Railway (Capital Railway)

March 15, 2018

On or about November 23, 2017 on the Ellwood Subdivision in or near Ottawa, Ontario, Capital Railway allegedly operated railway equipment otherwise than in accordance with Rule 439 of the Canadian Operating Rules that apply to Capital Railway when its employees failed to stop a movement at a STOP signal, thereby violating section 17.2 of the Railway Safety Act.

The company has requested a review by the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada.

$56,250.00

Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)

March 8, 2018

On or about June 14, 2017 at or near Romford, Ontario, on the Cartier Subdivision, CP allegedly operated railway equipment otherwise than in accordance with Rule 439 of the Canadian Operating Rules that apply to CP when its employees failed to stop a movement at a STOP signal, thereby violating section 17.2 of the Railway Safety Act.

The company has requested a review by the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada.

$64,600.00

Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway Company (QNS&L)

January 9, 2018

On or near July 25, 2017, at Mile 126.8 on the Wacouna Subdivision, near Station Mai, Sept-Iles, QNS&L 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 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 QNS&L.

The company has requested a review by the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada.

$54,666.12

Canadian National Railway (CN)

 

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 Crossings Regulations.

The company has requested a review by 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 penalty amount was paid on October 17, 2017.

$42,708.06

Canadian National Railway (CN)

August 17, 2017

On or about April 20, 2017 in Garneau Yard, located in Shawinigan, Québec, CN 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 company has requested a review by the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada.

$71,499.12

Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)

March 14, 2017

On or about October 24, 2016 at or near Smith Falls, Ontario, on the Belleville Subdivision, CP 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 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, CP 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 when its employees failed to stop a movement at a STOP signal, thereby violating section 17.2 of the Railway Safety Act.

The company has requested a review by the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada.

$61,749.24

Canadian National Railway (CN)

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, CN 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 company has requested a review by the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada.

$45,833.04

Canadian National Railway (CN)

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, CN 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 company has requested a review by 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 Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada rendered its decision on March 20, 2018. 

The penalty amount was paid on May 9, 2018.

$19,791.54

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 individual has requested a review by the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada.

$1,500.00

Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)

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, CP 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 CP 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, CP 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 CP 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 penalty amount was paid on June 28, 2016.

$58,672.08

Cando Rail Services Ltd.

March 21, 2016

On or about March 1, 2016, at or near Regina, Saskatchewan, Cando Rail Services 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 Rail Services Ltd. Administrative Monetary Penalty: $50,666.16

On or about March 1, 2016, at or near Regina, Saskatchewan, Cando Rail Services 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.

Administrative Monetary Penalty: $50,666.16

TheTransportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada rendered its decision on February 5, 2019.

The penalty amount was paid on March 10, 2019.

 

$50,666.16

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, CN 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 penalty amount was paid on April 8, 2019.

$45,833.04

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