Transport Canada Issues Interim Order – G20

Transport Canada has posted on its website a proposed interim order for the period of the G20 meetings in Toronto. Dangerous goods that require an ERAP, are in Classes 1.1, 1.2, 1.5 or are in Class 7, other than medical isotopes (UN2915), are prohibited from the controlled access zone. Also included in this are dangerous goods that require the display of placards. However, these dangerous goods are permitted between midnight and 06:00.

The controlled access zone is the area in the City of Toronto that is bounded by Strachan Ave from Queen St West to Lake Ontario, Queen St West from Strachan Ave to Bathurst Street, Bathurst Street from Queen St West to Dundas St West, Dundas Street West/Dundas Street East from Bathurst Street to Jarvis Street, Jarvis Street from Dundas St East to Lake Ontario. You can also view this area on a map.

This interim order is expected to be signed by the Minister on June 21 and will expire June 28 at 06:00.

To view the interim order, please go to:
http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/tdg/g20-controlledaccesszones-1090.htm

To comment on this interim order or to make a case for a business critical exemption, please contact, by close of business on June 4:

Linda Hume-Sastre
Director, Legislation and Regulations
Transport Dangerous Goods Directorate (ASDC)
Transport Canada

By one of the following options:
Email: linda.hume-sastre@tc.gc.ca
Fax: 613-993-5925
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TDG Act

A number of shippers and carriers are concerned about the recent changes to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act (TDG Act). Their concerns are centred around how they are to comply with ERAPs, security plan and security clearances sections of the TDG Act.

As Tranport Canada has not written any regulations for the changes to the Act, then there is nothing for shippers and carriers to comply with. The reasons these changes have been implemented are the upcoming Vancouver Olympics and the G8 summit next June to be held in Huntsville, ON.

The Act does provide for the Minister to issue interim orders. An interim order has been issued which states that anyone who has knowledge of the loss, theft or otherwise unlawfully interfered with dangerous goods must notify their local police and CANUTEC.

So until regulations are written and published in Gazette II or another interim order is issued, there is nothing for shippers or carriers to do. But seeing what is in the changes to the Act, it would be prudent for a company to start preparing if it has not already done so.