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In August 2006, as part of its Federal Accountability Action Plan commitments, the Treasury Board of Canada amended the Communications Policy of the Government of Canada. Under this policy, the Government is required to provide the public with open access to information about policies, programs, services and initiatives.
In March 2008, the Railway Safety Act Review Advisory Panel published its report, Stronger Ties: A Shared Commitment to Railway Safety, which made 56 recommendations to improve rail safety in Canada. One of these recommendations stated that the Government should publish information on railway safety enforcement actions, as is done in other transportation modes.
Transport Canada Rail Safety has therefore developed a policy regarding the publication of non-corporate (individuals) offences, which will support and reinforce Rail Safety’s enforcement and monitoring activities, including its inspection and audit work. The policy will encourage accountability and will increase public confidence that the department is taking enforcement action, as appropriate, as well as other safety action to protect public safety.
The objective of this policy is to inform the public of enforcement actions taken by Transport Canada Rail Safety in response to contraventions of provisions of the Railway Safety Act (RSA) by non-corporate bodies, as well as other safety actions taken to mitigate immediate threats to safety.
Transport Canada Rail Safety will publish the names of non-corporate (individuals) offences on its Internet site, along with a summary of the contravention of the RSA and the resulting enforcement actions.
The policy will also include the identification of safety action taken in response to immediate threats to safety. Relevant extracts of Notices and Orders issued under section 31 of the RSA will be posted, once the 30-day filing period for review by the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada is complete.
The policy will not result in the release of information outside the scope of the Privacy Act.
The information will be updated regularly.
Non-corporate (individuals) offences will be published in accordance with the following criteria:
Extracts of Notices and Orders issued since January 2009 under section 31 of the Railway Safety Act, including the immediate threat and the order, will be posted on Rail Safety’s Internet site.
Notices of revocation of the Notices of Orders will also be posted, as they are issued.
The Safety Policy and Regulatory Affairs Branch is responsible for this policy and all related information.
The department’s Communications and Marketing Group is responsible for any media releases.
Inquiries regarding this policy may be addressed to Safety Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Rail Safety Directorate.