Canada Transportation Act (S.C. 1996, c. 10)

Act current to 2017-12-11 and last amended on 2017-08-01. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Assistance

 The Administrator may, for the purpose of exercising his or her powers or performing his or her duties and functions under this Division, obtain any professional, technical or other advice or assistance that he or she considers necessary.

  • 2015, c. 31, s. 10.

Claims

Marginal note:Right to file claim
  •  (1) A person who incurs a loss, damage, cost or expense described in subsection 153(1) as the result of a railway accident may file a claim with the Administrator for the amount of the loss, damage, cost or expense. The claim must be filed within a period of three years beginning on the day on which the loss, damage, cost or expense was incurred, but not after a period of six years beginning on the day on which the railway accident occurred.

  • Marginal note:Burden of proof

    (2) The claimant is not required to satisfy the Administrator that the loss, damage, cost or expense resulted from the railway accident, but the Administrator shall dismiss the claim if he or she is satisfied that the loss, damage, cost or expense did not result from the railway accident.

  • 2015, c. 31, s. 10.
Marginal note:Interest
  •  (1) For the purposes of this Division, interest, in respect of the amount of an offer of compensation for a claim made under section 154.4 is deemed to have accrued, at the rate referred to in subsection (2), from the day on which the loss, damage, cost or expense to which the offer relates was incurred.

  • Marginal note:Rate

    (2) The rate for the purposes of subsection (1) is the rate prescribed under the Income Tax Act for amounts payable by the Minister of National Revenue as refunds of overpayments of tax under that Act.

  • 2015, c. 31, s. 10.
Marginal note:Investigation and assessment
  •  (1) On receipt of a claim made under section 154.4, the Administrator shall investigate and assess it.

  • Marginal note:Factors to be considered

    (2) In investigating and assessing a claim, the Administrator shall consider whether the claim resulted wholly or partially from

    • (a) an act done or omitted to be done by the claimant with the intent to incur a loss, damage, cost or expense; or

    • (b) the claimant’s negligence.

  • Marginal note:When claimant at fault

    (3) The Administrator shall reduce or nullify any amount of a claim that he or she would have otherwise assessed in proportion to the degree to which he or she is satisfied that the claim resulted from

    • (a) an act done or omitted to be done by the claimant with the intent to incur a loss, damage, cost or expense; or

    • (b) the claimant’s negligence.

  • 2015, c. 31, s. 10.
Marginal note:Offer of compensation — one railway company
  •  (1) If only one railway company is liable under subsection 152.7(1) for the losses, damages, costs or expenses described in subsection 153(1) that resulted from the railway accident to which a claim made under section 154.4 relates, the Administrator shall — if he or she is satisfied that the railway company has paid, in respect of all losses, damages, costs or expenses described in subsection 153(1) that resulted from the railway accident, an amount equal to or greater than the amount of the minimum liability insurance coverage that the railway company was required to maintain under paragraph 93.1(1)(b) for the operation of the railway involved in the railway accident — make an offer of compensation to the claimant for whatever portion of the claim that the Administrator finds to be established and for which the railway company has not provided compensation.

  • Marginal note:Offer of compensation — more than one railway company

    (2) If two or more railway companies are liable under subsection 152.7(1) for the losses, damages, costs or expenses described in subsection 153(1) that resulted from the railway accident to which a claim made under section 154.4 relates, the Administrator shall — if he or she is satisfied that the railway companies have paid, in respect of all losses, damages, costs or expenses described in subsection 153(1) that resulted from the railway accident, an amount equal to or greater than the sum that is equal to the total of the amount of the minimum liability insurance coverage that each of the railway companies was required to maintain under paragraph 93.1(1)(b) for the operation of its railway involved in the railway accident — make an offer of compensation to the claimant for whatever portion of the claim that the Administrator finds to be established and for which the railway companies have not provided compensation.

  • 2015, c. 31, s. 10.
Marginal note:Administrator’s powers

 For the purpose of investigating and assessing a claim and determining the amount, if any, that a railway company has paid as compensation in relation to the railway accident to which the claim relates, the Administrator has the powers of a commissioner under Part I of the Inquiries Act.

  • 2015, c. 31, s. 10.
Marginal note:Deemed refusal
  •  (1) If the Administrator makes an offer of compensation to a claimant and the claimant does not, within 60 days after receiving the offer, or any longer period that the Administrator allows, notify the Administrator whether they accept or reject it, the claimant is deemed to have refused the offer.

  • Marginal note:Appeal to Federal Court — adequacy

    (2) The claimant may, before the expiry of the applicable period under subsection (1), appeal the adequacy of the offer to the Federal Court.

  • 2015, c. 31, s. 10.
Marginal note:Acceptance of offer
  •  (1) If a claimant accepts an offer of compensation from the Administrator, the Administrator shall without delay direct that payment be made to the claimant of the amount of the offer of compensation and an amount equal to the interest that is deemed to have accrued under subsection 154.5(1) in respect of that amount.

  • Marginal note:Effect of acceptance

    (2) If a claimant accepts an offer of compensation,

    • (a) the claimant is precluded from pursuing any rights that they may have against any person in respect of the losses, damages, costs or expenses to which the offer of compensation relates;

    • (b) the Administrator is, to the extent of the payment to the claimant, subrogated to any rights of the claimant in respect of those losses, damages, costs or expenses; and

    • (c) the Administrator shall take reasonable measures to recover the amount of the payment from

      • (i) the railway company — or from any railway company — that is liable under subsection 152.7(1) for those losses, damages, costs or expenses, if the limit of liability referred to in subsection 152.7(1) does not apply to the railway company by reason of subsection 152.7(3) or section 152.9, or

      • (ii) any other person who is liable for those losses, damages, costs or expenses.

  • Marginal note:Commencement of action

    (3) The Administrator may, for the purpose of paragraph (2)(c), commence an action in the Administrator’s or the claimant’s name.

  • Marginal note:Clarification

    (4) If a railway company’s limit of liability for the railway accident to which the offer of compensation relates is, by reason of section 152.9, higher than its limit of liability under subsection 152.7(1), nothing in paragraph (2)(c) is to be construed as permitting the Administrator to recover from the railway company an amount that is greater than the difference between the two limits of liability.

  • 1996, c. 10, s. 155;
  • 2000, c. 16, s. 10;
  • 2015, c. 31, s. 10.
Marginal note:Appeal to Federal Court — notice of dismissal

 A claimant who has received a notification that the Administrator has dismissed their claim may, within 60 days after receiving the notification, appeal the dismissal to the Federal Court.

  • 2015, c. 31, s. 10.

Proceedings Against Railway Company

Marginal note:Proceedings against railway company
  •  (1) If proceedings are commenced against a railway company in respect of any loss, damage, cost or expense described in subsection 153(1) that resulted from a railway accident, the railway company shall as soon as feasible provide the Administrator with a copy of the document commencing the proceedings.

  • Marginal note:Administrator is party

    (2) The Administrator is a party to the proceedings referred to in subsection (1) and may appear for the purpose of taking any measure that he or she considers appropriate for the proper administration of the Fund.

  • 2015, c. 31, s. 10.

Levies

Marginal note:Levy — crude oil

 The levy for the carriage, on a railway, of crude oil is $1.65 per tonne in the year ending on March 31, 2016, adjusted annually in accordance with section 155.4.

  • 2015, c. 31, s. 10.
 
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