News release

TSB modernizes transportation safety regulations

Gatineau, Quebec, 12 March 2014 – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today announced modernized regulations governing the reporting and investigation of occurrences in Canada's transportation sector. The Transportation Safety Board Regulations, published today in the Canada Gazette, Part II, are clearer and easier to understand.

TSB factsheets

“The transportation industry and its legislation have evolved a great deal since the Regulations were first introduced 22 years ago,” explained Wendy Tadros, Chair of the TSB. “The changes announced today bring the Regulations up-to-date and take better advantage of electronic information sharing.”

The Regulations strengthen the rules governing accident reporting in Canada, introducing additional requirements for railways, the release of dangerous goods, and lighter aircraft. Among key changes are measures to:

  • Re-organize the Regulations from six sections to two;
  • Modernize and introduce definitions that are harmonized with other federal legislation, international agreements and standards;
  • Clarify provisions that had been subject to misinterpretation;
  • Formalize existing investigation policies and procedures; and
  • Allow witnesses to be accompanied by one representative of their choice during TSB interviews.

In developing these Regulations, the TSB consultedwith the public, regulators, provincial governments, industry associatio ns and transportation companies. Part I, which addresses accident reporting, comes into effect on 1 July 2014. Part II of the Regulations takes immediate effect.

Consult TSB factsheets for further details about the Transportation Safety Board Regulations.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

For more information, contact:
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Media Relations
Telephone: 819-994-8053