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Register for information about dangerous goods

How to receive annual reports about dangerous goods shipments

To receive annual reports about dangerous goods shipments by railways operating in your municipality, Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs) of FCM member municipalities must register your Emergency Planning Official's contact information with Transport Canada.

1) Provide Transport Canada with the following details about your Emergency Planning Official (maximum of 1 designate per municipality):

• name
• title
• organization
• address
• e-mail address
• office phone number
• cell phone number
• fax number

2) Send your Emergency Planning Official's contact information to CANUTEC at CANUTEC@tc.gc.ca, or
Canadian Transport Emergency Centre (CANUTEC)
Place de Ville, Tower C 330 Sparks Street, 14th Floor,
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A ON5
Attention: Mr. Angelo Boccanfuso, Director of CANUTEC

If you have any questions about this registration process please contact Transport Canada at CANUTEC@tc.gc.ca.

Background

On November 20, 2013 the Minister of Transport announced a new regulation intended to improve emergency planning by local governments and first responders. Protective Direction No. 32 responds to one component of FCM's call to action on rail safety, and complements FCM's ongoing work to:

1) improve emergency response,
2) ensure local risks are incorporated into rail regulations and operating practices, and
3) increase insurance requirements for Canadian railways and shippers.

What is Protective Direction No. 32?

Protective Direction No. 32 requires all railway companies operating in Canada to provide yearly aggregate information on the nature and volume of dangerous goods they transport by rail through a municipality.

Class 1 railways (i.e. CN and CP), which ship all classes of dangerous goods, are required to include quarterly breakdowns within annual reports. This breakdown is intended to allow local first responders to identify trends and seasonal variations. All other railways (i.e. short line railways) are required to provide immediate notification if new classes of dangerous goods are shipped for the first time during a given year, in addition to the annual reporting requirement.

Registering with Transport Canada

In order to receive this annual reports, Protective Direction No. 32 requires the CAO or equivalent to designate one (1) Emergency Planning Official responsible for:

  • Ensuring the information is used only for emergency planning or response;
  • Disclosing the information only to those persons who need access for these purposes; and
  • Keeping the information confidential.

Each municipality can decide if the designated Emergency Planning Official should be the local Fire Chief, Emergency Management Director or other official with responsibility for emergency management. Alternatively, municipalities may designate a member of a regional emergency management organization. Municipalities are also responsible for informing Transport Canada of changes to the name and/or contact information of the Emergency Planning Official.

The CAO is required to provide Transport Canada, through the Canadian Transport Emergency Centre (CANUTEC), the name of its designated Emergency Planning Official by providing the following information: the name, title, organization, address, e-mail address fax number, telephone number and cell phone number of the Emergency Planning Official that he or she designated.

Transport Canada will give railway companies the information provided by registered municipalities. The railway companies are only obligated to provide dangerous goods information to those municipalities that have registered with CANUTEC.

Non-Disclosure Statement

Protective Direction No. 32 requires that the information be kept confidential and used only for the purpose of emergency planning or response. To streamline this process and prevent delays in reporting, the Railway Association of Canada has developed a template Non-Disclosure Statement.

This Non-Disclosure Statement does not need to be provided to Transport Canada through CANUTEC. Rather, railway companies operating in your municipality will be in contact with your community's designated Emergency Planning Official in March 2014 regarding the Non-Disclosure Statement. Any questions about this process should be directed to Kevin McKinnon, Director, Regulatory Affairs at the Railway Association of Canada at (613) 564-8101.

Annual Reporting

After a municipality has followed steps one and two above, railway companies will be obligated to provide annual reports on the nature and aggregate volume of dangerous goods shipped through the municipality. Railways will provide reports on 2013 calendar year data to registered municipalities in April 2014. In the interim, municipalities may choose to contact railways operating in their community and request preliminary information.

Page Updated: 23/04/2014