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Transport Canada Proposes Amendments to Dangerous Goods Transport Regs

Transport Canada has published proposed amendments to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations to ensure employers understand the level of training required for compliance.

Three Vancouver Fraser Port Authority projects will receive grants under the National Trade Corridors Fund program to improve operational efficiencies.

Transport Canada Awards C$8.7MM in Trade Corridor Grants, Issues Call for Proposals

Transport Canada is tackling transportation bottlenecks with the distribution of C$8.7 million in grants to four projects under the National Trade Corridors Fund, including one that will boost capacity between Canadian Pacific and the Port of Vancouver; the agency is also requesting further supply chain improvement proposals under the same grant program.

CP Reopening B.C. Rail Corridor on Nov. 23

Canadian Pacific will resume service between Kamloops, British Columbia, and Vancouver by mid-day on Nov. 23.

Canadian Working Group Responding to B.C. Flooding

The governments of Canada and British Columbia have established a joint Supply Chain Recovery Working Group to help restore the flow of goods through the province after devastating floods cut off Vancouver from rail and road service on Nov. 16.

For Canada, Mandatory Vaccinations for Federally Regulated Transportation Employees, Plus Travelers

Effective Oct. 30, the Canadian government is requiring employers in the federally regulated rail, air and marine transportation sectors to have established COVID-19 vaccination policies for employees, and travelers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains to be fully vaccinated.

CN: Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations for Canadian Employees

All CN employees in Canada are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Nov. 1, the Class I railroad reported on Sept. 8.

For Transport Canada, C$100MM to Advance Rail Safety, Security

Transport Canada will receive more than C$100 million ($79.66 million) from the Canadian government to continue freight and passenger rail safety and security improvements.

Increasing infrastructure capacity on the Milton corridor is “key to realizing the transportation benefits of fluid freight movement and two-way, all-day [GO Transit train] service for commuters,” according to Transport Canada.

Canadian Government Commits to Milton Corridor Improvements

Canadian Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra on Aug. 10 confirmed that the government of Canada is committed to improving the Milton Corridor by reducing passenger and freight rail bottlenecks through Mississauga and Milton in Ontario.

CN, CP Deliver Grain Haul Records in 2020-21 Crop Year

Canada’s two Class I railroads continue to set records for grain moves. For the 2020-21 crop year, CN and Canadian Pacific (CP) each reported about 31 million metric tons (MMT) shipped, despite weather and other challenges.

The operating rules changes are the result of a Ministerial Order (MO 20-09) requiring the Canadian railway industry “to adopt new practices designed to improve safety and prevent uncontrolled movement while conducting switching operations, and to ensure that equipment is properly secured while switching.”

Transport Canada Updates Canadian Rail Operating Rules

Transport Canada has approved Canadian Rail Operating Rules changes to further reduce the risk of uncontrolled rail equipment moves.