Keeping Canada’s surface transportation secure

Transport Canada works with the transportation industry to help ensure that Canada's surface transportation system is secure. We do this by overseeing passenger and freight rail, and international bridges and tunnels. We also provide outreach and education to enhance security in the surface sector.

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Railway security

Canada's rail network is a vast, open system that moves a high volume of passengers and goods every day. Within federal jurisdiction, the railway security program is guided by the:

The MOU requires railway companies to conduct risk assessments, develop security plans, implement security awareness training and report security incidents to Transport Canada.

Security of the transportation of dangerous goods by rail

Transport Canada aims to mitigate the security risks associated with transporting dangerous goods by rail through regulations which help support a safe and secure rail transportation system.

Learn more about the new Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Rail Security Regulations

Proposed Passenger Rail Security

The proposed Passenger Rail Transportation Security Regulations were pre-published in Canada Gazette, Part I on April 13, 2019, for a 30-day comment period, closing on May 13, 2019. These Regulations aim to enhance the security of passenger rail transportation in Canada.

Urban transit

The responsibility for urban transit varies in Canada. Where appropriate, Transport Canada provides federal leadership to urban transit security operators nationwide. We do this through:

  • proactive outreach initiatives, including information sharing, and national and regional events
  • urban transit rail station security committees

Certain urban transit rail operators are also signatories to the MOU between Transport Canada and the Railway Association of Canada.

International bridges and tunnels

We oversee the security of international bridges and tunnels through various MOUs on security with bridge owners and operators to help ensure these vital trade links between Canada and the United-States are secure.

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