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Transport Canada > Emergencies


Transport Canada plays a key role in responding to emergencies and crises when they occur. The department also helps prevent emergencies through its emergency preparedness activities and by improving the security of the transportation system.

In the event of an incident involving dangerous goods, CANUTEC, Transport Canada's Canadian Transport Emergency Centre can assist emergency response personnel. CANUTEC personnel are also available to provide general information about the transportation of dangerous goods.

Emergencies and crises

Scene of a transportation accident

Emergency Response Guidebook - Important for fire fighters, police, and other emergency services personnel who may be the first to arrive at the scene of a transportation incident involving dangerous goods.

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Emergency preparedness

Fire truck

Emergency Preparedness - Overview of plans, exercises and response protocols.

Employee at Situation Centre

Visit the Situation centre - Visit this centre which deals with situations affecting civil aviation, marine safety, rail safety, ports, departmental security or any combination of these.

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Transportation security

Plane at airport

Airport security clearances - Information about airport security clearances.

Man going through airport security screening point with carry-on luggage

Enhancing transportation security - Information on how Transport Canada is working with its partners to enhance transportation security in Canada.

CATSA security screening officer

Cabin Security Enhancement Contribution Program - Information on a program which assists Canadian airlines operating pursuant to Subpart 705 – Airline Operations of the Canadian Aviation Regulations.

Ferry on the water with view of city skyline

Marine Security Contribution Program - A three-year, $115 million commitment from the Government of Canada to assist marine ports and facilities with their security enhancements.

Person in biohazard suit

Dangerous goods - A national program to promote public safety during the transportation of dangerous goods.

Cargo ship at dock

Marine security at Transport Canada - Information on how Transport Canada is enhancing the security of Canada's marine transportation system, including links to related regulations, programs, and guidance materials.

CATSA security screening officer checking a portable computer

Dangerous goods in carry-on and checked baggage - Guidelines on products that must not be brought on board an aircraft as carry-on and checked baggage.


Passenger rail and urban transit security at Transport Canada - Transport Canada is working with partners to complete two important strategic initiatives that lay out policy and priority directions for enhancing transportation security in Canada.

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Transport of dangerous goods

Transport of dangerous goods symbol - red diamond with TDG-TMD written on it

Transport of dangerous goods – Transport Canada regulations, standards and services for the safe transport of dangerous goods including information and guidance on dangerous goods transport for the public, industry and government employees.

CANUTEC symbol - red diamond with CANUTEC written on it

CANUTEC is the Canadian Transport Emergency Centre operated by Transport Canada to assist emergency response personnel in handling dangerous goods emergencies.

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