Rail transportation supports our economy and quality of life. But the tragic train derailment and explosion in Lac-Mégantic, QC highlighted the potential risks of transporting dangerous goods through our communities. In 2013, FCM formed the National Municipal Rail Safety Working Group to bring municipal rail safety priorities to the federal government.

Since then, we have shaped critical improvements to rail safety. The federal government has responded directly to our concerns over issues such as insurance and liability, information sharing and Transport Canada’s oversight of federal railways. In 2016, Ottawa committed $143 million over three years to improve rail safety. In 2018, it accelerated the phase out of legacy DOT/TC-111 rail cars.

We continue to work closely with Transport Canada to improve the safety of Canada’s railways—and to address the concerns of cities and communities. 

Quick Facts
40,000
number of railway crossings in Canada
2013
FCM launches its National Municipal Rail Safety Working Group
$143M
Budget 2016 investment in improving rail safety
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