“Fast Away the Old Year Passes…” – TDGR Moving into 2019

The Canadian Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR) were uncharacteristically quiet in 2018. This represents the first year in a 5-year stretch where stakeholders didn’t see at least one amendment to the TDGR.

That doesn’t mean, however, that there was no activity within this very active government department. For example, in keeping with the move to adopting ambulatory references to cited standards, the responsibility for several standards (e.g., TP14850 small container performance packaging, and TP14877 rail containers) began their return to the Canadian General Standards Board. In addition, there were various consultations on topics such as ERAPs (TDGR Part 7), and discussion of training requirements (TDGR Part 6) – the latter in conjunction with establishing a CGSB committee.


Various research projects were explored in 2018 including collaboration on examining crude oil flammability, properties of produced water in oil and gas activities, as well as validation testing of a proposed SAE standard for lithium battery packaging. These activities a

An invitation was issued to stakeholders on a scheduled symposium to present/discuss other areas for research. The symposium is scheduled for February 28 – 29 in Ottawa (


Various topics referenced above and others undertaken in the 2016-2018 period were given status updates, including proposed Canada Gazette (CG) I (final consultation) or II (final amendment) at a late November GPAC (General Policy Advisory Council) session:

Training (Part 6):

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Transport Canada Amends TDG Reporting Requirements

On June 1, 2016, Transport Canada issued an amendment to the “Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations” (TDG) under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act. This amendment substantially revises the requirements for reporting spills of dangerous goods during transportation. It also addresses changes to air shipment of lithium ion batteries and makes various minor corrections and changes. The “Reporting Requirements and International Restrictions on Lithium Batteries Amendment” reflects concerns that the previous requirements for reporting spills, called “accidental releases,” was inefficient and didn’t allow the reporting parties to evaluate the risk to the public when deciding if a release had to be reported.

Changes to Reporting – Surface Transport

The section on reporting accidental releases, Part 8, called “Accidental Release and Imminent Accidental Release Report Requirements,” has been removed from the regulations and replaced with a new Part 8 titled simply “Reporting Requirements”.

First, the amendment removes the definitions for “accidental releases” and “anticipated accidental releases” and replaced them with definitions for “releases” and “anticipated releases”. This means that the reporting requirements will now cover intended releases as well as those that occur by accident.

Next, Transport Canada has adjusted the quantities of a release that would trigger reporting. For road, rail and water transport, these changes include:

  • The limit is lowered to any amount for Class 1, Explosives; Class 2, Compressed Gases; Classes 3, 4, 5, 6.1, or 8, in Continue Reading…
TDG Amendments Takes Effect

Have You Made Your TDG Updates Yet?

The holiday rush for 2014 is over. Our parties have been held, and our gifts are unwrapped and appreciated. But if you’re a dangerous goods shipper or carrier, you can’t relax just yet. New requirements from Transport Canada become mandatory, January 15, 2015. So, it’s time to make sure that everything in in compliance with the new system.

Back on July 2, 2014. Transport Canada issued two amendments to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDG). One was called the Safety Mark Amendment, and the second was the Update of Standards Amendment. Both will have important effects on dangerous goods shipping procedures, and will need to be addressed immediately if you want your shipments to remain in compliance.

If your organization hasn’t already done so, it will need to review these amendments and make all necessary changes as soon as possible. Here are some of the most critical changes:

  • Non-bulk packaging must now be selected for ground shipment using a standard published by Transport Canada, called Transport Canada Standard TP14850E, “Small Containers for Transport of Dangerous Goods, Classes 3, 4, 5, 6.1, 8 and, 9, a Transport Canada Standard.” Note that this is available as a free download from the Transport Canada site at
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New Year – New TDG Amendment

TDG Regulations Update – Gazette II, December 31, 2014

For those that thought the amendments to the Canadian Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR) had settled down following the July changes, Transport Canada has provided us with another “gift” to unwrap.

The Canada Gazette Part II published on December 31, 2014 introduces additional changes, the majority of which become mandatory by June 30, 2015 (although they are in effect as of January 1, 2015).

An exception to the date is the formalization of Protective Direction 33 which required ERAPs for 9 flammable liquids in September- now formalized in the TDGR and continuing to be mandatory as of January 1, 2015. This change resulting from the Lac Mégantic disaster was expected. Two additional UN Numbers have been added (UN1987- Alcohols N.O.S. & UN3494- Petroleum Sour Crude Oil, Flammable, Toxic) with a mandatory date of May 31, 2015 for ERAPs to be in place.


Of interest to all TDGR shippers is the removal of the “SHIP” format for describing dangerous goods on the shipping document. Transport Canada has jettisoned this option to follow the international convention of the “ISHP” order as the mandatory format.

  1. Identification/UN Number
  2. Shipping (Proper) Name
  3. Hazard Class
  4. Packing Group

Excepted Quantities

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TDGR Amendment 12 – Update

Labels, Markings, Placards, and more (OH MY!)

All in “Consolidation Bin” and “Overpack” amendments

As promised late last month, Transport Canada has published the Dangerous Goods Safety Marks (commonly referred to as the “12th”) Amendment to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods regulations (TDGR). The stated purpose of this amendment is to bring the TDGR a little closer to accepted international (UN Model, ICAO, IMDG) and US 49 CFR practices as well as improved communication of hazards to emergency responders. In addition the November 2013 & January 2014 proposed amendments have been issued under the title “Update of Standards”.

These regulations are “in force” on July 14 and 15 (respectively), 2014 – but the regulations existing on the day prior to these dates may continue to be used for 6 months following the “in force” dates.

These changes are arguably the most significant since Amendment 6 – if not since the basic “Clear Language” TDGR.

The TDGR now recognize the 17th (2011) edition of the UN Recommendations (“Orange Book” – despite the existence of the 18th – 2013 Ed.)

Placard Changes:

The current Parts 4.15 & 4.16 have been completely re-written with separate sections added to highlight areas that used to be in the Table to Part 4.15. The new Part 4.16 deals with the revised requirements for Danger placards and the previous “500 kg placarding exemption” is expanded Continue Reading…

TDGR Amendment 12 – Expected July 2, 2014

Updated Safety Marks

Reliable sources have indicated that the December 2012 proposal to overhaul placarding and other safety markings is expected to be published in the Canada Gazette Part II on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

This amendment is intended to improve the harmonization between the marking requirements in the Canadian TDGR (Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations) and the various current international (UN Recommendations, 49CFR, ICAO, and IMDG) regulations.

Significant Changes

Although not an exhaustive list, significant changes, based on the original Gazette I notice, include: introduction of defined “overpacks” and their markings, implications in the LQ (“Limited Quantity”) provisions, etc.; phasing out of the older Class 5.2, LQ, Marine Pollutant, Fumigation marks in favor of the international versions; relaxation of the need to remove safety marks while any quantity of DG remain; completely re-working the Part 4.15 placarding requirements, including severely restricting the use of the “Danger” placard (e.g. only for loads of “small means of containment”), limiting the 500 kg exemption options; allowing the use of 2 placards or 4 labels (with UN #s) on IBC (“intermediate bulk containers”) totes; adding a requirement to mark “toxic-inhalation hazard” on Special Provision 23 DG packages; and other changes.

Word has it that the amendment will take effect July 14, although (again based on the original proposal) there may be transitional provisions for some aspects.

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