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Photo Illustration by Michael Payne

Photo Illustration by Michael Payne

What is Protective Direction No 32?

On Nov. 20, 2013, Transport Canada ordered all rail companies operating in Canada to share information on the nature and volume of dangerous goods to the emergency responders of the municipalities they pass through. The goal is to help responders identify trends and seasonable variations in preparing their own emergency response plans. Municipalities must also be informed of significant changes to that information as soon as possible. The information is provided is a total of all the dangerous goods that came through a specific area in a year broken down by quarter.

There is no requirement to provide real time information, or schedules for the transport of hazardous material.

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