On June 25, 2022, The Government of Canada has created a new Transportation of Dangerous Goods Registration Database and will require persons who import, offer for transport, handle or transport dangerous goods in Canada to register themselves and the sites where they carry out such activities. Registered persons will have to provide administrative information about themselves and information about the dangerous goods and operations at the sites where dangerous goods are imported, offered for transport, handled or transported (called a TDG site).
This information would be used to conduct broader risk analysis with the intention of better informing decision-making, enhancing the efficiency of TC’s existing oversight framework and promoting compliance; all of which would help reduce the likelihood or the severity of incidents on TDG Sites and better protect employees conducting DG activities and Canadians at large. Even though these benefits are not quantified or monetized due to lack of data, they are expected to outweigh the monetized costs of the proposed amendments.
Information needed to register
When registering in the database, a person would need to provide administrative information, including
For persons involved with higher risk dangerous goods the following information would also be required to be reported for each of the higher-risk dangerous goods involved in DG activities at the Site:
Requirement for yearly renewal of registration
A person would have to renew their registration in the database annually and, in so doing, would be required to review and update all the information in the database, as needed, for each Site.
Information that would need to be confirmed or updated annually for each Site includes the following:
Persons already involved in DG activities at the time of the coming into force of the proposed amendments, which would be on the day of their publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II, would have one year after the coming into force date to complete their registration in the database.
Persons who start their operations after the coming into force of the proposed amendments would have 90 days after starting their DG activities to provide their administrative information, and would be required to make a renewal 365 days after their initial registration is completed.
How to register
The registration database application would be made available to persons online through TC’s website on tc.canada.ca on the day these regulations are published in Canada Gazette, Part II.
A registration would be deemed complete when all required fields, based on the type of dangerous goods involved in DG activities, have been filled out, the profile saved and sent in the application database, and a confirmation message from TC has been received.
Source: Canada Gazette