Consultations

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List of consultations

Closing date Topic Title Description
2021-12-16 Dangerous Goods Aerosol Containers and Gas Cartridges for Transport of Dangerous Goods (CAN/CGSB-43.123) 60 day Consultation. Safety standard CAN/CGSB-43.123 sets out the requirements for designing, manufacturing, testing, selecting and using aerosol containers and gas cartridges.
2021-11-09 Marine Modernizing fees for the Vessel Registry

Transport Canada’s Vessel Registry includes information on more than 46,000 vessels in the Large Vessel Register and over 25,000 vessels in the Small Vessel Register.

As we continue modernizing our services, we want your feedback on changes we’re proposing for our vessel registry services in 2023.

2021-11-09 Marine Public consultation on the Regulatory charge (fee) proposal for the Vessel Remediation Fund

Transport Canada is proposing to introduce a regulatory charge (fee) to finance a proposed Vessel Remediation Fund that would help the government to deal with problem vessels (abandoned, wrecked or hazardous vessels).

We want your feedback on the proposed charge.

2021-09-20 Rail Let’s Talk Rail Safety – Safety Culture Policy Statement In response to Recommendation 2 of the 2018 Railway Safety Act Review, Transport Canada has developed a Safety Culture Policy Statement.
Closed Marine Modernizing the Domestic Ferries Security Regulations We want to modernize Canada’s regulations to make sure that the marine transportation security framework (system of laws that keeps marine transportation in Canada safe) continues to be appropriate, effective, and can respond to modern threats and risks to the marine transportation system.
Closed Marine Consultation on In-water cleaning of vessels Transport Canada is collaborating with stakeholders and the public to develop Voluntary Guidance for Relevant Authorities on In-Water Cleaning of Vessels.
Closed Dangerous Goods Transport Canada’s Means of Containment Facilities Registration Program Transport Canada (TC) is holding a webinar on the upcoming proposed regulations that will introduce new fees for companies who are required to be registered under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Directorate’s Means of Containment Facilities Registration Program.
Closed Marine Submit your feedback on adding administrative monetary penalties to the Canada Marine Act Transport Canada wants to hear your thoughts about adding administrative monetary penalties to the Canada Marine Act and its regulations.
Closed Dangerous Goods Design, manufacture and use of intermediate bulk containers for the transportation of dangerous goods, Classes 3, 4, 5, 6.1, 8, and 9 (CAN/CGSB-43.146) The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) has released the draft of Safety Standard CAN/CGSB-43.146 for a 60-day consultation period.
Closed Road Updating the requirements for Technical Standards Document (TSD) 208 – Occupant Crash Protection We are looking for your feedback on the changes Transport Canada is proposing.
Closed Marine Modernizing the Marine Transportation Security Regulations

Transport Canada is proposing changes to the Marine Transportation Security Regulations. We want your feedback about the proposed changes.

Closed Marine Comments on adding new contraventions to the Canada Marine Act

Transport Canada wants to be able to deal with more minor offences by issuing tickets. For this, we are seeking to designate as contraventions in the Contraventions Regulations new provisions of the Canada Marine Act and the following regulations made under that Act:

Closed Rail Comment on the proposed amendments to Schedule X of the Contraventions Regulations

Transport Canada is inviting interested stakeholders to comment on the proposed amendments to Schedule X of the Contraventions Regulations with regards to provisions under the Railway Safety Act.

Closed Road Updated requirements for Technical Standards Document (TSD) 108

Under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, Transport Canada regulates the safety performance of motor vehicles and equipment in Canada. The act requires that any company that imports or makes vehicles in one province and sells them in another province certifies that these new vehicles meet all applicable safety regulations and standards.

Transport Canada recently updated Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 108. This change introduced new rules to allow advanced lighting technologies that will make it easier for drivers to see, without affecting the visibility of oncoming drivers.

Closed Rail Transport Canada would like to modify the Grade Crossings Regulations

The Grade Crossings Regulations and Grade Crossings Standards help improve safety by setting broad and enforceable safety standards for both new and existing grade crossings in Canada.

The regulations require any railway company, road authority or private owner of an existing crossing to comply with the requirements of the regulations by November 28, 2021.

Over the past year, stakeholders have expressed concerns about the deadline and their ability to meet the requirements.

Closed Dangerous Goods Packaging of Category A and Category B infectious substances (Class 6, Division 6.2) and clinical, (bio) medical or regulated medical waste (CAN/CGSB-43.125) The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) has released the draft of Safety Standard CAN/CGSB-43.125 for a 60-day consultation period.
Closed Rail Amending the Transportation Information Regulations to collect data from Class 1 rail carriers Transport Canada has now developed a detailed proposal, which has been shared with stakeholders to support a further round of consultations on changes to freight rail data collection.
Closed Road Updating the requirements for exemption labelling Transport Canada wants your feedback on ways to improve exemption labelling
Closed Marine Introducing fees for the Navigation Protection Program services Transport Canada is proposing new fees for services from the Navigation Protection Program as part of the Canadian Navigable Waters Act. We want your feedback about these changes.
Closed

Marine

Consultation on Regulations Amending the Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations (2020 Submission)

Each year, Transport Canada receives applications from local authorities to set or update restrictions on navigation in order to make navigation safer, to protect the environment and/or to protect public safety.

Closed

Marine

Public consultation on modernizing the Pleasure Craft Licensing Program

Transport Canada is proposing changes to the Pleasure Craft Licensing Program. We want your feedback about the changes we plan to make.

Closed

Marine

Public consultation on modernizing the Pleasure Craft Operator Competency Program

Transport Canada is proposing changes to the Pleasure Craft Operator Competency (PCOC) Program. We want your feedback about the changes we plan to make.

Closed

Aviation

Modernizing Safety Management Systems Policy Review: Civil Aviation

Transport Canada is conducting a Safety Management Systems (SMS) policy review of the Canadian aviation sectors currently regulated to have SMS requirements under the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs). We want your comments as to how best to improve SMS.

Closed

Road

Creating a new regulation for Administrative Monetary Penalties under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act

Transport Canada wants feedback on creating a new safety regulation under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (the Act) for administrative monetary penalties.

Closed

Road

Updating regulations to modernize and strengthen motor vehicle safety for Canadians

Transport Canada wants feedback on updating regulations under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act to improve how we identify possible safety issues in vehicles and equipment, and to improve Canadians’ access to vehicle recall information.

Closed

Road

Improving School Bus Safety in Canada

Transport Canada wants feedback on adding new technologies to the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations to improve school bus safety.

Closed

Road

Should automatic emergency braking systems be required for new vehicles?

Transport Canada wants feedback on updating the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations to require automatic emergency braking and pedestrian automatic emergency braking on all new vehicles in Canada, in particular school buses and commercial trucks, but also passenger cars, multi-purpose passenger vehicles, and buses.

Closed

Road

Creating a standard for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Transport Canada wants feedback on updating the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations to include advanced driver assistance systems

Closed

Marine

Let’s Talk Navigation – Minor Works Order (Phase 2)

We’re looking for feedback about our plans to restructure and change the Minor Works Order.

Closed

Marine

Proposed Maritime Safety Management System Regulations, 2021

Through consultation and a detailed cost-benefit analysis, Transport Canada has developed a realistic and affordable proposal for adding safety management system requirements to more Canadian vessels.

Closed

Marine

 

Change in the Coming Into Force Date of the Automatic Identification Systems Carriage Requirements – Navigation Safety Regulations, 2020

Transport Canada would like to change the coming into force date to six months (from one year) after the Regulations are registered, to align with the original spring 2021 date.

Closed

Marine

Compensation for ship-source oil spills

We recently made changes to the Marine Liability Act to make sure all eligible claims from any spill are compensated. We’d like you to tell us how an oil spill caused by a ship could cause damage or losses to your community.

Closed

Aviation

Modernizing the Canadian Aviation Regulations: Helicopter/Heliport and Commercial Aircraft Operations

Transport Canada is conducting an aviation safety regulatory review to modernize the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs). We want your comments related to helicopter/heliport and commercial aircraft operations.

Closed

Aviation

Modernizing the Canadian Aviation Regulations: Personnel Training, Qualifications and Licensing

Transport Canada is conducting an aviation safety regulatory review to modernize the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs). We want your comments related to personnel training, qualifications and licensing.

Closed

Marine

Marine Fuel in the Arctic

We are looking for your input on how Canada can reduce environmental risks associated with marine fuel spills in the Arctic, and whether a ban on the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) is the best way to do this.

Closed

Aviation

Public Consultation on Proposed Purchase of Transat A.T. Inc. by Air Canada

Air Canada and Transat A.T. Inc. notified the Minister of Transport that Air Canada proposes to purchase Transat A.T. Inc.

The Minister decided that the proposed purchase raised public interest issues about national transportation, and directed Transport Canada to begin a public interest assessment.

2022-01-01

Marine

Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC)

Opportunity to attend meetings of the Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) and share views on marine safety and security.

Closed

Road

Intercity Bus Services Task Force

The Federal Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Working Group on Intercity Bus was launched in January 2019 by the Council of Deputy Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety to explore innovative and long-term solutions to address the surface mobility needs of Canadians.

Closed

Marine

Let's Talk Proactive Vessel Management

As part of the Oceans Protection Plan, we are looking for feedback from the public regarding the draft National Framework for Proactive Vessel Management.

Closed

Dangerous Goods

Small containers for the transport of dangerous goods

The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) has released the final draft of Safety Standard CAN/CGSB-43.150 for a 60-day consultation period. This standard will be in force once adopted within the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDG Regulations).

Closed

Dangerous Goods

Electronic Shipping Documents

Transport Canada (TC) is looking for your input as we try to identify timely and flexible solutions to update the International harmonization updates to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations with paperless alternatives.

Closed

Marine

Share and view ideas: Let's talk navigation—Adding navigable waters to the new Canadian Navigable Waters Act

Transport Canada is proposing to add navigable waterways to the Schedule of the new Canadian Navigable Waters Act (CNWA), should it become law. We want to hear from you. Learn more about our proposed changes.

Closed

Marine

Marine Fuel in the Arctic

We are looking for your input on how Canada can reduce environmental risks associated with marine fuel spills in the Arctic, and whether a ban on the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) is the best way to do this.

Closed

Aviation

Let's Talk Drones

We are seeking your feedback on our recently published Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).

Closed

Aviation

Locked Checked Baggage

Transport Canada is proposing to have the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), rather than airlines, cut locks and seals on checked bags it needs to open and search. We want to hear your feedback on this proposed change.

Closed

Aviation

Modernizing the Canadian Aviation Regulations: Part II Aircraft Identification and Registration

Transport Canada is conducting an aviation safety regulatory review to modernize the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs).

Closed

Marine

Share and view ideas: Let's talk navigation—Minor Works

Transport Canada is developing updates to its Minor Works Order, to be implemented should Bill C-69 become law. We want to hear from you. Learn more about our proposed changes.

Closed

Dangerous Goods

Highway and TC portable tanks for the transport of dangerous goods

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has released the drafts of the update to safety standards CSA B620, CSA B621 and CSA B622 for a 60-day consultation period. Once the safety standards have been finalized and published, a notice will be issued specifying the coming into force date of the updated standards.

Closed

Rail

Passenger Rail Transportation Security Regulations

Transport Canada is proposing new regulations to enhance the security of passenger rail transportation in Canada, and we welcome your input.

Closed

Dangerous Goods

International harmonization updates to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations

Transport Canada is currently consulting on proposed amendments to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR).

Closed

Marine

Pleasure Craft Safety

Transport Canada is reviewing the benefits and risks of accepting new options for Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) and Electronic Visual Distress Signals Devices (eVDSD). We want your input on the safety effects for boaters.

Closed

Rail

Freight-Rail Data

We invite railways, freight-rail users, and interested Canadians to share their feedback on the type of data needed to better understand Canada's freight-rail system.

Closed

Marine

Introducing a Fee for Marine Insurance Certification Services

As part of Modernizing Transport Canada's fees for services, we are proposing introducing a fee for marine insurance certification services, and we want your feedback.

Closed

Marine

Modernizing fees for Marine Cargo Services

As part of Modernizing Transport Canada's fees for services, we are proposing changes to the marine cargo services fees, and we want your feedback.

Closed

Marine

Proposed Amendments to the Navigation Safety Regulations

Transport Canada is proposing amendments to its Navigation Safety Regulations. We want to hear your feedback regarding these proposed changes.

Closed

Marine

Key regulations under the proposed Canadian Navigable Waters Act

Transport Canada is proactively developing policies and other program tools to be implemented should Bill C-69 become law. We want to hear from you. Learn more about our proposed changes.

Closed

Dangerous goods

Portable tanks for the transport of dangerous goods

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has released the draft of the update to safety standard CSA B625, "Portable tanks for the transport of dangerous goods" for a 60-day consultation period.

Closed

Marine

Ports Modernization Review

We are initiating a national conversation to seek your views and ideas on how best to position Canada Port Authorities for the future.

Closed

Marine

Hazardous and Noxious Substances

We want to hear your thoughts and ideas on how we can better prepare for and respond to releases of hazardous and noxious substances into the marine environment.

Ongoing

Aviation

Modernizing the Canadian Aviation Regulations: Part II Aircraft Identification and Registration

To help inform the review process and make aviation regulations more flexible for your business while maintaining a high level of safety, we are asking for your input.

Closed

Aviation

Modernizing fees for Aeronautical Product Approvals

As part of Modernizing Transport Canada's fees for services, we are proposing changes to aeronautical product design approvals fees, and we want your feedback.

Closed

Marine

Potential Legislative Changes

We are looking for your comments on the direction of potential legislative changes to improve marine safety and environmental protection in our waters.

Closed

Marine

Let's Talk Proactive Vessel Management

As a waterway user or coastal community resident, we wanted your feedback on the traffic issues and conflicts you face so we can develop measures for safe navigation and environmental protection in local waterways.

Closed

Marine

Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness

Tell us what kind of information you think is useful to include in the development of a maritime awareness information system.

Closed

Marine

Emergency Towing Needs for the West Coast

We are engaging Canadians as we consider increased emergency towing response, capacity and other possible long-term solutions for the West Coast.

Closed

Aviation

Lasers - Interim Order No. 2

Transport Canada has renewed the Interim Order (Interim Order No. 2) for an additional year. The Interim Order was signed by the Minister of Transport Canada on June 10, 2019 and remains in effect until June 10, 2020. Transport Canada will continue to be proactive in consulting with stakeholders concerning the Interim Order.

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Aviation

Lasers - Interim Order No. 2

We held preliminary consultations to hear from consumers, retailers, air travellers and businesses about the best way to protect the public from unsafe use of lasers.

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Aviation

Let's Talk Drones

We asked for your feedback on how to support safe drone operations, tools fostering ongoing dialogue with the drone industry and stakeholders and promoting Canadian drone innovation.

Closed

Aviation

Evaluating the Air Travel Experience

We invited you to share your views as we work towards new regulations on collecting air travel performance data from air travel service providers.

Closed

Road

Vulnerable Road Users and Heavy Vehicles Safety Measures

To address the issue of safety concerns, the Vulnerable Road Users Steering Committee consulted on the Summary Report about the interaction between pedestrian/cyclists and heavy vehicles.

Closed

Marine

Requirements for Oil Spill Response Organizations

It was important for us to hear your ideas on how we could improve the regulations and standards for oil spill preparedness and response.

Closed

Aviation

Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation

The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) is a way to manage emissions from the global aviation industry. We want to hear your thoughts on how Canada plans to implement CORSIA.

Closed

Marine

Pilotage Act Review

We wanted to know what you thought about Canada's marine pilotage system and if you had suggestions on other ways to deliver safe pilotage services.

Closed

Marine

Understanding the Effects of Marine Vessel Activity on Coastal Environments

We are working with local stakeholders and coastal communities to better understand the effects of marine vessel activity on coastal environments.

Closed

Aviation

Car Seats on Planes

We asked what the public and industry thought about making Child Restraint Systems, such as car seats, mandatory on board commercial flights for children under 2 years old.

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Road

International Bridges and Tunnels Act

We asked the public to comment on the proposed Ambassador Bridge Enhancement Project. Approximately four hundred submissions were received, raising a number of issues and concerns.

Closed

Marine

Review of the St. Lawrence Seaway

We administered a review to examine further opportunities for increased economic and commercial development, the waterway's competitiveness and sustainability, and the Seaway's governance structure.

Closed

Transportation

The Future of Transportation in Canada: Developing a Long-term Agenda for Transportation

We coordinated an engagement process to inform the development of a long-term agenda for transportation in Canada that presented opportunities and advances in technology.

Closed

Road

Minimum Noise Requirements for Hybrid and Electric vehicles

We conducted a preliminary consultation on amending the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations to address minimum noise requirements for hybrid and electric vehicles since their silence is dangerous to those they share the road with.