Emergency response assistance plans

Find out if you need an ERAP

If you are involved in the transportation of dangerous goods in Canada, you may require an ERAP.

To determine if you need an ERAP, you need to find out:

  1. If the ERAP requirements apply to you.

    According to subsection 7(1) of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Act, Canadian persons who import dangerous goods into Canada or Canadian persons who offer for transport dangerous goods from a place in Canada, require an ERAP is they also meet point number 2 below.

    In cases when no Canadian person imports the dangerous goods into Canada or offers the goods for transport from a place in Canada, the person, whether Canadian or not, handling or transporting these goods require an ERAP if they also meet point number 2 below.

    You can find examples in the Guide to find out if you need an ERAP.

  2. If the dangerous goods require an ERAP.

    Dangerous goods in your consignment need an ERAP if they are in quantities specified by section 7.2 of the TDG Regulations. You can use the ERAP questionnaire to determine which of your dangerous goods need an ERAP.

Determine if you need to apply for approval of an ERAP

Even if you need an ERAP for your consignment, you may not need to apply to have the ERAP approved. If you're authorized to do so, you can use another person's approved ERAP. This ERAP must apply to the:

  • dangerous goods you are transporting
  • mode(s) you use to transport the dangerous goods (air, rail, road or marine)
  • means of containments used to contain the dangerous goods
  • geographical area in which you are transporting the dangerous goods

To use another approved ERAP, you must meet the conditions in section 7.7 of the TDG Regulations. Review the Guide to find out if you need an ERAP to know more.

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