It has been a busy year and a half for Transport Canada! Canada’s federal transport regulator has been making changes that touch many aspects of the transport of dangerous goods in Canada. Recent TDG incidents have shed light on the need to change a number of aspects of marking/labeling, release reporting, and shipping new products such as lithium batteries.

The following is a summary of some of the major changes that are now in effect, or will soon be in effect.

Shipping document information

Part 3.5(c) (of the TDG Regulations), includes information that must be included on a Shipping Document, specifically the description of each of the dangerous goods, in the following order:

  1. The UN number
  2. The shipping name and immediately after the shipping name unless it is already part of it a technical name, in parentheses as per special provision 16 and for liquefied petroleum gas that has not been odorized, the words “not odorized” or “not odourized” or “Sans odorisant”
  3. The primary class
  4. For dangerous goods in Class 1, explosives, the compatibility group letter following the primary class
  5. The subsidiary class or classes, in parentheses
  6. The packing group roman numeral
  7. For dangerous goods that are subject to special provision 23, the words “toxic by inhalation” or “toxic-inhalation hazard” or “toxique par inhalation” or “toxicite par inhalation”

Lithium batteries

Transport Canada has published a great resource about lithium batteries that’s worth a read. In short, they describe common types of lithium batteries and cells and regulatory requirements around importing and transporting them.

Remember that it is forbidden to ship damaged lithium batteries or cells by air.

Danatec’s industry experts have also published a summary of regulatory changes related to the transport of lithium batteries. You can find this information at

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Release reporting

Part 8 has seen a total overhaul to the quantities that need to be reported, the conditions under which events must be reported, and the contact information for who must be notified of releases.

The following is a summary of some of the major changes that are now in effect, or will soon be in effect.

  1. Section 8.2 - emergency report-quantity table and annex G emergency phone numbers of local authorities responsible for responding to emergencies
  2. Section 8.3 - information to be included in an emergency report
  3. Section 8.4 - release or anticipated release report-this section details who you must contact if there is a death, injuries that require medical attention, evacuation of people or closure of a facility used in loading or unloading dangerous goods or a road, railway line or a main waterway
  4. Section 8.5 - this section gives you the information that must be on this verbal report
  5. Section 8.6 - 30-day follow-up report that must be a written report
  6. Section 8.7 - information that must be on the 30-day written report
  7. Section 8.8 - if any information in the initial 30-day report has changed within one year of the initial report they must notify the Director General and the report must be kept for two years from the date it was made
  8. Section 8.9 to 8.16 deals with transportation of dangerous goods by Air Reporting
  9. Section 8.16 - deals with loss or theft report for specific dangerous goods reporting
  10. Section 8.17 - information to be included in a loss or theft report
  11. Section 8.18 - unlawful interference report
  12. Section 8.19 - information to be included in an unlawful interference report

2016 ERG

  2. There have been significant updates to the Emergency Response Guide (ERG) for 2016. The most substantial changes are to expanding and adding sections of information related to GHS and rail. There are also some new tables for distances to be maintained from a variety of releases.

Overpack and marks

  2. When a safety mark is required by Part 4 of the TDG Regulations and is placed in an overpack, the overpack must display the word "overpack" or "suremballage" at all times. If the safety marks on the small means of containment are not visible through the overpack, the overpack must also display the primary class label and each subsidiary class label for each of the dangerous goods in the overpack, the shipping name and UN number. If the capacity is greater than or equal to 64 cubic feet the above markings on the outside of the overpack must be displayed on two opposite sides.

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