New Amendments to Improve Safety at Grade Crossings

OTTAWA – Gerald Soroka, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, wishes to advise that Transport Canada has announced new amendments to Grade Crossings Regulations.

Amendments to the Regulations will preserve the core safety objectives while providing financial relief to public and private authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic by extending compliance deadlines and ensuring that low-risk grade crossings are not subject to an undue burden. This includes:

  • a one-year extension for existing public grade crossings which present a higher risk;
  • a three-year extension for all remaining public and all private grade crossings; and
  • an exclusion from the construction and maintenance requirements for very low-risk grade crossings (such as field-to-field crossings with minimal train traffic).