From Canada’s Transport Minister:
The proposed amendments would introduce a number of changes, including the following:
- They would reinforce the existing Emergency Response Assistance Program, which requires emergency response assistance plans to be in place in the event of safety incidents involving dangerous goods. It would also make it possible for Transport Canada to request the implementation of such plans in the case of a terrorist or other security incident.
- The amendments would require security training and screening of personnel working with dangerous goods.
- The changes would enable the drafting of regulations requiring that dangerous goods be tracked during transport and that incidents involving loss or theft be reported. The amendments would enable the use of security measures and interim orders, in accordance with the Public Safety Act and other legislation.
- The proposed amendments would enable the development of a program to require a transportation security clearance for dangerous goods, including an appeals process that would operate like the existing Aeronautics Act clearance program.
- The proposed changes would also amend the concept of “importer” to clarify who in Canada is subject to the requirements of the Act and its regulations with respect to the importing of dangerous goods.
More information can be found at the above link and in the backgrounder.