|This handbook was designed to provide Canadian railway companies and medical|
service providers with the information necessary to implement the Railway Medical
Rules for Positions Critical to Safe Railway Operations
|Canadian Rail Operating Rules||These rules prescribe operating requirements for employees involved in the movement of trains in Canada.|
In effect: October 1, 2022
|Duty and Rest Period Rules for Railway Operating Employees||These Rules define the requirements related to the hours of work and rest periods for employees who are in positions designated critical to safe railway operations and are defined as employees in this rule.|
• Part A – May 25, 2023 for freight railway companies and on November 25, 2024 for passenger railway companies.
• Part B (with the exception of section 5) – May 25, 2023 for freight railway companies and on November 25, 2024 for passenger railway companies.
• Section 5 of Part B – November 25, 2022.
• Part C – May 25, 2023 for freight railway companies and on November 25, 2024 for passenger railway companies.
• Part D – November 25, 2021.
Important Note: The Work Rest Rules remains in effect in parts until all parts of the Duty and Rest Period Rules are in effect.
|Railway Extreme Heat and Fire Risk Mitigation Rules||Railway Extreme Heat and Fire Risk Mitigation Rules|
In effect: June 15, 2022
|Railway Equipment Reflectorization Rules||These Rules apply to any company subject to the Railway Safety Act.|
All railway equipment subject to these Rules must be equipped with retroreflective sheeting conforming to these Rules.
These Rules prescribe the minimum standards governing the specifications; the application; the inspection and maintenance of retroreflective material on railway equipment.
In effect: December 17, 2019
|Rules For The Installation, Inspection & Testing Of|
Air Reservoirs (Other than on Locomotives)
|These rules prescribe the standards for installation, inspection, testing and|
reporting of air reservoirs used by railway companies subject to the jurisdiction of
Transport Canada. These rules apply to stationary and portable reservoirs except
those on locomotives.
|Railway Freight and Passenger Train Brake Inspection and Safety Rules||These rules prescribe the minimum safety standards for the safe operation of train brakes on all freight and passenger trains.|
In effect: May 1, 2023
|Railway Freight Car Inspection & Safety Rules||These Rules prescribe the minimum safety standards for freight cars.|
In effect: December 9, 2014
|Railway Locomotive Inspection and Safety Rules||These rules prescribe the minimum safety standards for locomotives operated by railway companies subject to the jurisdiction of Transport Canada pursuant to the Railway Safety Act.|
Important Note: the May 9, 2022 version of these rules comes into effect on October 1, 2022.
|Railway Medical Rules for Positions Critical to Safe Railway Operations||These rules define the Medical Fitness for Duty requirements for Safety Critical Positions within railway companies.|
In effect: December 22, 2006
|Railway Passenger Car Inspection & Safety Rules||These rules prescribe the minimum safety standards for passenger cars in trains at speeds not exceeding 125 mph (200 km/h).|
In effect: November 8, 2001
|Railway Passenger Handling Safety Rules||These rules prescribe the minimum requirements for the safe handling of passengers.|
In effect: June 29, 2000
|Railway Signal & Traffic Control|
|These standards are intended to ensure that railway signal and traffic control systems are|
installed, modified and maintained in a safe manner. These standards apply to railway
companies subject to the jurisdiction of the Minister of Transport pursuant to the Railway
Safety Act (RSA).
|Rules Respecting Track Safety||These rules prescribe minimum safety requirements for federally regulated standard gauge railway track.|
In effect since February 1, 2022
Important Note: The May 31, 2022 version of these rules, available here, comes into effect on May 31, 2023
|Rules Respecting Key Trains and|
|These rules prescribe minimum safety standards to strengthen track inspection practices and to reduce speeds for trains carrying certain types of dangerous goods.|
In effect: August 22, 2021
|Standards Respecting Pipeline|
Crossings Under Railways
|These standards may be known as the “Pipeline Crossing Standards”.|
These standards are intended to ensure that pipeline crossings under Railways are
installed, renewed and maintained in a safe manner. These standards apply to Railway
Companies subject to the jurisdiction of the Minister of Transport pursuant to the
Railway Safety Act.
|This Standard shall apply on all tracks owned or operated on by a railway company.|
|Transport Canada Standard|
for LED Signal Modules at
|The purpose of this standard is to provide the minimum performance requirements for|
200 mm and 300 mm Light Emitting Diode (LED) signal modules for use in
highway/railway grade crossing signal assemblies in Canada.
|Work/Rest Rules for Railway Operating Employees (2011)||These Rules define the requirements related to the hours of work and rest periods for employees who are in positions designated critical to safe railway operations.|
In effect: February 23, 2011
Important Note: The new Duty and Rest Period Rules November 25, 2020, version will gradually come into effect starting on November 25, 2021.