Schedule of Proposed Regulations

The following “forward regulatory plan” includes a three-year 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.

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, 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 Certain Regulations Made Under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (National Safety Marks and Importation)

Update the importation of vehicles requirements and allowances by clarifying the importation requirements for vehicles imported under section 11, allowing the importation of vehicles from Mexico and updating the requirements for the importation of vehicles sold at the retail level in the United States

Completed

N/A

Published May 19, 2018

Canada Gazette, Part I, Volume 152, Number 20
Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (National Safety Marks and Importation)

Consultation closed August 2, 2018

Published February 19, 2020

Canada Gazette, Part II, Volume 154, Number 4
Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (National Safety Marks and Importation): SOR/2020-22

 

 

CUSMA-related regulatory amendments (miscellaneous amendment regulation)

This initiative is a miscellaneous amendment regulation to update references from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA).

Part II under development

N/A N/A

Anticipated publication late-2020

 

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 open from October 21 2020 to November 27 2020 - Creating a new regulation for Administrative Monetary Penalties under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act Anticipated publication early-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 will align the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations with the changed Motor Vehicle Safety Act. It will 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 will also remove the financial hardship clause and allow temporary labels to be applied to surfaces other than glazing.

Under development

Anticipated consultation late-2020 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 (VIN lookup tool and information gathering)

The proposed amendment to the regulations will introduce requirements for a Notice of Defect web-based look-up tool centered on the vehicle identification number. The proposed regulations would also detail requirements for what records companies would be required to buy and maintain for prescribed classes of vehicles.

Under development

Consultation open from October 21 2020 to November 27 2020 - Updating regulations to modernize and strengthen motor vehicle safety for Canadians Anticipated publication early-2021

To Be Announced

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 I proposal under development

Consultation closed 19 February 2018 - Minimum Noise Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Anticipated publication late-2020

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 Task Force published its report 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-2021

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?

Anticipated publication mid-2021

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

Anticipated publication mid-2021

To Be Announced

Additional information available under the Road Safety Forward Regulatory Plan

Regulations amending the Commercial Drivers Hours of Service Regulations (electronic logging devices)

This project is a Miscellaneous Amendment Regulation.

On June 12, 2019, the department published the Regulations Amending the Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part II.

These changes introduced the requirement to use electronic logging devices to record the commercial driver's duty hours. The objectives of these changes were to improve commercial vehicle safety, administrative efficiency and compliance with the Regulations.

The changes also facilitated fairer competition, by requiring the use of electronic logging devices by motor carriers and their drivers as electronic logging devices will automatically record driving hours. Also, these regulations also incorporated by reference the Technical Standard for electronic Logging Devices, which is published by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators.

Since Transport Canada published the changes, stakeholders identified some regulatory texts as either vague or inconsistent. Some regulations also needed to be corrected to align with the Hours of Service Standard (Standard 9) as part of the National Safety Code for Motor Carriers and the Technical Standard.

The department identified and corrected errors in the Technical Standard in a provision in the current regulations as a temporary fix. Since then, Transport Canada has modified the Technical Standard and the provision in the current regulations are a duplication.

Part II under development

N/A N/A

Anticipated publication late-2020

Additional information available under the  Road Safety Forward Regulatory Plan

Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications
(CMVSS 150)

Introduce new regulatory requirements for standardized vehicle-to-vehicle communications for new light vehicles Not yet started To Be Announced To Be Announced To Be Announced  
Bus Structural Integrity Review the need to introduce large highway bus structural integrity requirements for bus roll over collisions.  These requirements exist in the United Nations Regulations and the United States has proposed a similar regulation Not yet started To Be Announced To Be Announced To Be Announced  

Electric Vehicles
(CMVSS 305)

Review the need to introduce regulatory requirements for electric vehicles based on the pending UN Global Technical Regulation Not yet started To Be Announced To Be Announced To Be Announced

Awaiting UN Global Technical Regulation (GTR)

Phase I agreed to in March 2018.
Phase II underway

Vehicle Child Restraint Anchorage Requirements
(CMVSS 210.1 and 210.2)

Update and align the vehicle lower and tether anchorage performance and testing requirements with those of the US Not yet started To Be Announced To Be Announced To Be Announced  
Major upgrade to the child restraint regulations Introduce new side impact child restraint testing requirements and a new bench seat testing fixture for frontal impact testing of child restraints Not yet started To Be Announced To Be Announced To Be Announced  
Hydrogen Fuel Safety Introduce new regulatory requirements for hydrogen fuel safety based on the UN Global Technical Regulation Not yet started To Be Announced To Be Announced To Be Announced

UN Global Technical Regulation (GTR)
Phase I completed. Phase II commenced fall 2017