Canada Gazette, Part I, Volume 152, Number 6: Regulations Amending the Transportation Safety Board Regulations

February 10, 2018

Statutory authority

Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act

Sponsoring agency

Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board

REGULATORY IMPACT ANALYSIS STATEMENT

(This statement is not part of the Regulations.)

Issues

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) was created by an Act of Parliament in 1990. Sections 31 and 34 of the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act (CTAISB Act) permit the Board, subject to the approval of the Governor in Council, to make regulations. The Transportation Safety Board Regulations (the Regulations), which were originally approved in 1992, were repealed and replaced in 2014.

Following the implementation of Part I of the new Regulations in July 2014, a few of the regulatory provisions pertaining to the reporting requirements for pipeline occurrences have been subject to misinterpretation, causing unintended confusion for stakeholders. Furthermore, some minor discrepancies between the English and French text in other areas of the Regulations were noted.

Objectives

The objectives of the proposed amendments to the Regulations are to clarify selected reporting provisions and definitions relating to pipeline occurrences in order to address interpretation ambiguities between industry and the TSB, as well as to address minor discrepancies between the English and French text of the Regulations.

Description

The amendments consist of the following:

“One-for-One” Rule

The “One-for-One” Rule does not apply to this proposal. The proposed amendments consist only of clarification of selected reporting provisions for pipeline occurrences, as well as adjustments to the English and French text. No additional reporting provisions are being introduced; therefore, there is no overall quantifiable change in administrative burden associated with the proposed amendments.

Small business lens

The proposed amendments would not result in any incremental costs for business; therefore, the small business lens does not apply to this proposal.

Consultation

In developing the proposed revisions to the Regulations, the TSB consulted with key stakeholders in the pipeline industry, Transport Canada, provincial governments, transportation industry associations and key transportation companies. The majority of stakeholders were supportive of the proposed amendments. Interpretation ambiguities pertaining to selected occurrence-reporting provisions were discussed with the National Energy Board as well as with some pipeline operators. The results of these discussions culminated in the development of the proposed amendments to the reporting provisions for pipeline occurrences.

Rationale

The proposed amendments to the Regulations would not result in any change to costs, as they do not change activities that are required under the current Regulations. The benefits of the proposed amendments include improved clarity in many areas of the Regulations. The incremental costs of the proposed amendments are anticipated to be negligible, as there are no additional reporting requirements being introduced. These changes should result in minor savings for companies, as they will be able to report without having to seek clarifications from the TSB.

Implementation, enforcement and service standards

Once the proposed amendments are in effect, the TSB will update all relevant publications to reflect the updated regulatory terminology. Furthermore, the TSB will conduct outreach activities in the form of briefings and meetings with various transportation stakeholders.

There are no new compliance or enforcement strategies. The TSB will continue to monitor compliance with the Regulations, which will continue to be enforced through judicial action introduced by way of summary conviction, as per subsection 35(2) of the CTAISB Act.

Contact

Mark Clitsome
Special Advisor to the Chief Operating Officer
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Place du Centre
200 Promenade du Portage
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 1K8
Telephone: 819-953-1586
Email: Mark.Clitsome@bst-tsb.gc.ca

PROPOSED REGULATORY TEXT

Notice is given, pursuant to subsection 34(3) of the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act (see footnote a), that the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board, pursuant to subsections 31(1) and 34(1) (see footnote b) of that Act, proposes to make the annexed Regulations Amending the Transportation Safety Board Regulations.

Interested persons may make representations concerning the proposed Regulations within 90 days after the date of publication of this notice. All such representations must cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, and the date of publication of this notice, and be addressed to Patrizia Huot, General Counsel, Transportation Safety Board of Canada, Place du Centre, 200 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau, Quebec K1A 1K8 (tel.: 819-994-0385; fax: 819-994-9759; email: Patrizia.Huot@bst-tsb.gc.ca).

Ottawa, December 19, 2017

Kathleen Fox
Chairperson of the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board

Regulations Amending the Transportation Safety Board Regulations

Amendments

1 Clauses 2(1)(a)(i)(A) to (C) of the French version of the Transportation Safety Board Regulations (see footnote 1) are replaced by the following:

2 (1) Paragraph 3(1)(f) of the Regulations is replaced by the following:

(2) Subparagraph 3(2)(f)(ii) of the French version of the Regulations is replaced by the following:

3 (1) Subsection 4(1) of the Regulations is replaced by the following:

Report — pipeline occurrences

4 (1) The operator must report any of the following pipeline occurrences to the Board:

Report — occurrences caused by operation

(1.1) The operator must report any of the following pipeline occurrences to the Board if they result directly from the operation of the pipeline:

(2) Paragraph 4(2)(j) of the French version of the Regulations is replaced by the following:

(3) The definition safety zone in subsection 4(5) of the Regulations is repealed.

4 (1) The portion of subsection 5(1) of the French version of the Regulations before paragraph (a) is replaced by the following:

Rapport au Bureau

5 (1) L'exploitant de matériel roulant, l'exploitant de la voie ferrée ainsi que tout membre d'équipage qui constatent personnellement un accident ferroviaire en font rapport au Bureau dans les cas suivants :

(2) Subparagraph 5(1)(a)(ii) of the Regulations is replaced by the following:

(3) Paragraph 5(1)(j) of the Regulations is replaced by the following:

(4) Paragraph (c) of the definition collision in subsection 5(6) of the French version of the Regulations is replaced by the following:

5 Subsection 9(3) of the French version of the Regulations is replaced by the following:

(3) Ne peut être choisie par la personne appelée à comparaître une personne tenue de comparaître devant l'enquêteur en application de l'alinéa 19(9)a) de la Loi.

6 The portion of subsection 11(1) of the French version of the Regulations before paragraph (a) is replaced by the following:

Activités des observateurs

11 (1) Dans le cas où il mène une enquête sur un accident de transport, le Bureau peut autoriser l'observateur visé au paragraphe 23(2) de la Loi à faire une ou plusieurs des activités ci-après, sous la surveillance d'un enquêteur :

7 The heading before section 14 of the English version of the Regulations is replaced by the following:

Summons

8 Section 14 of the English version of the Regulations is amended by replacing “investigator's notice” with “summons”.

9 Section 24 of the Regulations is repealed.

10 The schedule to the English version of the Regulations is amended by replacing “Statutory Summons” with “Summons” in Forms 2 to 5.

Coming into Force

11 These Regulations come into force on the day on which they are registered.

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