Prosecutions under the Railway Safety Act (RSA)

Year TC Region Description Result / Status
2016 Pacific Charges laid against the Canadian Pacific Railway and two employees for contravention of the Securement of Railway Equipment Emergency Directive. One employee found guilty and fined $6,000. Company and one employee found not guilty.
2015 Quebec Six employees of Montreal Maine & Atlantic Co. pleaded guilty to one count for omitting, after applying hand brakes, to ensure that a sufficient force was present to prevent the equipment from moving, contrary to paragraph 41(2)(d) of the RSA. Five of the six individuals accused were sentenced to pay a fine of $50,000 each. Another accused was sentenced to a conditional sentence of imprisonment of 6 months.
2010 Pacific

Canadian National pled guilty to failing to comply with a Notice and Order issued under S.31 of the RSA in 2007 regarding the matter of inaccurate train consists on the Albreda Subdivision.  

Fined - $45,000
2006 PNR A Canadian National Rail Conductor was founded guilty of violating Canadian Rail Operating Rules (CROR) 103(b) and 103(g). Conductor found guilty in November 2007 – and fined $3,450
The Alberta Court of Appeal denied the appeal and conviction was upheld in 2008.
2006 Quebec Canadian National was found guilty of violating a RSA Section 31 Notice and Order for not obeying a slow order issued because of unsafe track conditions. Convicted and fined - $200,000
2006 Ontario Canadian National was found guilty of operating trains on track with unsafe conditions. Convicted and fined- $248,000
2005 Pacific Canadian National pleaded guilty under section 11 of the RSA for “omissions inconsistent with sound engineering principles” in the evaluation of a railway line work – A bridge near McBride collapsed. Convicted and fined - $75,000
2002 Ontario / Pacific Canadian National pleaded guilty in court to violations of a RSA Section 31 Notice and Order relating to incomplete communications about railway track switch positions. Convicted and fined - $80,000
1999 Pacific Canadian National was found guilty of violating a RSA Section 31 Notice and Order prohibiting CN from storing railway equipment on a track without positive protection to prevent uncontrolled movements. Convicted and fined - $7,500
1997 Pacific Canadian National was found guilty of violating a RSA Section 31 Notice and Order restricting rail movement speed over a public crossing at grade to 10mph because of unsafe track conditions. Convicted and fined - $5,000