Transport Canada has developed various guidelines. Certain guidelines support companies and other applicants to navigate the regulatory process for various submissions. Others serve as a complement to rail safety regulatory instruments by providing guidance and promoting best practices.

Below is a list of Rail Safety Guidelines.

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Title Description Type Approved Published
Grade Crossings - Handbook Grade crossings handbook. This document is developed to provide guidance on the engineering best practices and requirements for safety at or around grade crossings, and is to be used as a complement to the requirements found in the Grade Crossings Regulations, and therefore, the incorporated by reference Grade Crossings Standards made pursuant to the Railway Safety Act. Guideline
Best practices for crew resource management training

Crew Resource Management (CRM) is a set of communication practices that focuses on threat and error management, communication, situational awareness, decision-making and leadership skills in environments where human error can impact on safety. Training employees in CRM principles will reduce the likelihood of human error. This document therefore identifies best practices relating to training topics, training methods and other best practices.

Determining Minimum Sightlines at Grade Crossings This Guide contains advice and technical guidance that stakeholders (road authorities, private authorities and railway companies) need to determine the minimum sightlines required at grade crossings. Guideline
Transportation Information Regulations - Part II – Rail Carriers - Section 12.6 This Guidelines/Instructions document is to provide railway companies with guidance for submitting timely, complete and high-quality data information. Guideline
Grade separation assessment guidelines Grade separation assessment guidelines Guideline
Grade Crossings Regulations: what you need to know Under the Grade Crossings Regulations, railway companies, road authorities and private authorities share responsibility for managing the safety at federally-regulated grade crossings. Guideline
Safety Management Systems Industry Guide This guide describes regulatory objectives and provides explanations, guidance and examples to help railway companies and local railway companies develop and implement their railway safety management systems (SMS) to meet the requirements of the Railway Safety Management System Regulations, 2015 (Regulations). Guideline
Guideline for Remote Control Locomotive Operation This guideline promotes industry best practices and provides federally regulated railways, and those providing services to railways, with guidance on the continued safe use of remote controllocomotives (RCLs). Guideline
Apply to stop train whistling at a public grade crossing Train whistling is an important way to keep drivers, cyclists and pedestrians safe. The Canadian Rail Operating Rules require all trains to whistle whenever they approach a public grade crossing.
In some cases, train whistles bother people who live nearby. Municipalities may wish to stop the whistling to provide local residents with relief from the noise.
Guideline - Engineering Work Relating To Railway Works (Section 11 - Railway Safety Act) The intent of this Guide is to provide clarification on the requirements of section 11 of the Railway Safety Act (RSA). The Guide clarifies what types of work could relate to railway works and what could be considered as engineering work in the context of the RSA. Guideline