Schedule of Proposed Regulations

The following “forward regulatory plan” includes a look ahead of regulatory changes or actions that are under consideration by Transport Canada’s Road Safety Programs group, as well as regulations proposed in the Canada Gazette Part I and finalized in the Canada Gazette Part II in the last year. Amendments to the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (MVSR), Motor Vehicle Restraint Systems and Booster Seats Safety Regulations (RSSR) and Motor Vehicle Tire Safety Regulations (MVTSR) are developed under the authority of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (MVSA), amendments to the Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations and the Motor Carrier Safety Fitness Certificate Regulations are developed under the authority of the Motor Vehicle Transport Act (MVTA). This plan is intended to provide consumers, business, stakeholders, and trading partners advanced notice of an opportunity to provide input on potential regulations or actions that the department is considering. Please note, this plan does not represent a binding commitment to move forward with any regulatory change and dates are subject to change based on consultation results or changes in priorities.

The table below will be updated on a bi-yearly basis. Anticipated dates are listed below. If you have any questions or would like to be added to our distribution list to receive notifications of regulatory changes or consultations, please contact the Regulations Officer (RegulationsClerk-ASFB-Commisauxreglements@tc.gc.ca).

Title Description Status Public Consultation Canada Gazette
Part I Publication
Canada Gazette
Part II Publication
Notes
Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations and Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Tire Safety Regulations These amendments to the Motor Vehicle Tire Safety Regulations and Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations updated an obsolete standard, enhanced clarity and maintained the intended application of the Regulations. They are administrative in nature and were published directly in the Canada Gazette, Part II. Completed N/A N/A

Published April 28, 2021

Canada Gazette, Part II, Volume 155, Number 9
Motor Vehicle Safety Act - Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the
Motor Vehicle Safety Act
SOR/2021-83

Additional information available under the  Road Safety Forward Regulatory Plan
Quiet Vehicles Regulations The proposed regulations would require electric and hybrid-electric vehicles to use a sound system to alert visually impaired persons that they're operating nearby. Part II proposal under development Consultation closed 19 February 2018 – (Minimum Noise Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles)

Published April 24th 2021

Canada Gazette, Part I, Volume 155, Number 17
Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles)

To Be Announced Additional information available under the Road Safety Forward Regulatory Plan

Regulations made under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Administrative monetary penalties)

This regulatory initiative stems from Transport Canada's Transportation Sector Regulatory Review Roadmap.

The initiative is intended to strengthen the Minister of Transport's enforcement and compliance authorities in the area of road safety.

The Strengthening Motor Vehicle Safety for Canadians Act changed the Motor Vehicle Safety Act requirements by adding new provisions and authorities for issuing fines. The proposed regulations would introduce the requirements for the new administrative monetary penalty program that Transport Canada expects will be more efficient and effective than the current legislative process.

Under development

Consultation closed November 27 2020 (Creating a new regulation for Administrative Monetary Penalties under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act)

Additional consultations held Feb 5th to March 19th 2021

Anticipated publication late-2021

To Be Announced

Additional information available under the Road Safety Forward Regulatory Plan

Regulations amending certain regulations under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Exemptions labelling)

This regulatory initiative stems from Transport Canada's Transportation Sector Regulatory Review Roadmap.

The Strengthening Motor Vehicle Safety for Canadians Act changed the Motor Vehicle Safety Act exemption requirements by removing the vehicle production quantity limitations and financial hardship wording. This added flexibility to the exemption process.

The proposed amendment to the regulations would align the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations with the changed Motor Vehicle Safety Act. It would update the Regulations to reflect the Minister's new authority to grant exemptions, allowing longer lists of exempted standards on the compliance or information labels. It would also remove the financial hardship clause and allow temporary labels to be applied to surfaces other than glazing.

Under development

Consultation closed January 31 2021 - (Updating the requirements for exemption labelling)

Anticipated publication mid-2022

To Be Announced

Additional information available under the Road Safety Forward Regulatory Plan

School Bus Safety

This regulatory initiative is tied to the recommendations of the Task Force on School Bus Safety established on January 21, 2019 by the federal, provincial and territorial Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety.

School buses are the safest way to transport children to and from school, more so than any other means of transportation. Governed by some 40 federal safety standards, including the requirements for structural safety features, school buses are specifically designed to keep children safe during an accident. Even with this excellent safety record, there is room for improvement. The federal, provincial and territorial Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety requested that the Task Force identify opportunities to further strengthen school bus safety.

In February 2020, the Council of Ministers published Strengthening School Bus Safety in Canada which included recommendations that all jurisdictions explore the application of the following safety measures based on their assessed needs:

  • infraction cameras: to help prevent dangerous incidents caused by passing motorists;
  • extended stop arms: to further deter motorists from passing while children are entering or leaving the bus;
  • exterior 360° cameras: to better detect and protect children and other vulnerable road users around the outside of the bus; and
  • automatic emergency braking: to help reduce the severity of a collision or avoid it entirely.

Consideration should also be given to exploring ways to pair this feature with other technologies for increased safety.

The proposed regulations would address infraction cameras, extended stop arms and exterior 360° cameras on all newly manufactured school buses regulated under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act in Canada, while automatic emergency braking would be addressed under a separate regulatory initiative.

Under development Consultation closed October 7 2020 – (Improving School Bus Safety in Canada) Anticipated publication mid-2022 To Be Announced Additional information available under the Road Safety Forward Regulatory Plan
Automatic Emergency Braking Systems The proposed regulations would mandate that an automatic emergency braking system be fitted on most newly manufactured vehicles intended for use on public roads, ranging from light vehicles (e.g. passenger cars, pickups, minivans and multi-purpose passenger vehicles) to heavy vehicles (e.g. truck tractors and buses, including school buses). Automatic emergency braking is a safety system which can help to reduce the severity of a collision or avoid it entirely by automatically applying the brakes when there is an immediate risk of hitting an object. Automatic emergency braking can function at high and low speeds, and can potentially intervene in an impending collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian. Under development

Consultation closed October 7 2020 – (Should automatic emergency braking systems be required for new vehicles?)

Additional consultations held April 30th to May 21st 2021

Anticipated publication early 2022 To Be Announced Additional information available under the Road Safety Forward Regulatory Plan

Regulations amending certain regulations under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Recall Information for Canadians and VIN-lookup)

The proposed regulatory amendments to the regulations would introduce additional requirements for regulated companies to post specified information about safety recalls on their website. It would also designate and require high-volume passenger vehicle and motorcycle companies to have a free web-based service to allow consumers to search for vehicle-specific recall information using their 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN).

Under development

Consultation closed November 27 2020 (Updating regulations to modernize and strengthen motor vehicle safety for Canadians)

Additional consultations held April 30th to May 28th 2021

Anticipated publication late-2022

To Be Announced

Additional information available under the Road Safety Forward Regulatory Plan

Regulations amending certain regulations under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (information gathering) The proposed regulatory amendments would detail requirements for what records companies would be required to buy and maintain for prescribed classes of vehicles. Under development

Consultation closed November 27 2020 - (Updating regulations to modernize and strengthen motor vehicle safety for Canadians)

Additional consultations will be held summer 2021

Anticipated publication late-2022 To Be Announced Additional information available under the Road Safety Forward Regulatory Plan

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

The proposed regulations would encompass a variety of advanced driver assistance systems mandating that certain systems be fitted on newly manufactured vehicles while providing a set of minimum requirements for others. The individual advanced driver assistance systems are each applicable to a variety of vehicle types; therefore, the proposal would impact newly manufactured heavy, medium and light vehicles as well as motorcycles. Advanced driver assistance systems encompass a number of different technologies which can either increase driver situational awareness or take control of steering, braking or throttle inputs. As such, they can have an impact on the safety of vehicle occupants and other road users including vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

Under development

Consultation closed October 7 2020 - (Creating a standard for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems)

Additional consultations will be held in 2021

Anticipated publication late-2022

To Be Announced

Additional information available under the Road Safety Forward Regulatory Plan