Revocation of Regulation 261, General, under the Dangerous Goods Transportation Act.
Regulation 261, General
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Highway Traffic Act
Summary of Decision:
April 21, 2011
Summary of Proposal:
The federal Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations set out detailed technical standards that are negotiated by consensus at a national level by a broad cross-section of provinces and territories (including representation from Ontario), technical safety experts and impacted stakeholder groups.
Ontario and all other Canadian jurisdictions currently adopt the federal regulations into provincial law in order to ensure consistent and harmonized rules across the country for all carriers.
Currently, Regulation 261 under the DGTA adopts the federal regulations as of a fixed point in time. This has presented an issue as the federal regulations are revised and updated frequently.
The Open for Business Act, 2010 approved an approach whereby all subsequent changes to the federal standards will be automatically adopted into the DGTA without the need for a subsequent amendment to the provincial regulation.
The Open for Business Act amendments make Regulation 261 unnecessary and therefore its revocation is proposed. Its main function has been to act as a conduit to incorporate federal regulatory standards into the provincial Act. The DGTA now directly adopts federal standards. Other provisions of the Regulation have been incorporated directly into the DGTA (e.g. insurance).
Carrier Safety Policy Office
Carrier Safety and Enforcement Branch
3rd Floor, 301 St. Paul Street
St. Catharines, ON L2R 7R4
July 1, 2011