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

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


Support Agreements

Marginal note:Support agreements

 The Minister may, with the approval of the Governor in Council and on the terms and conditions that the Governor in Council may specify, enter into agreements in support of the national transportation policy set out in section 5 or in respect of any transportation matter that the Minister considers appropriate.


Marginal note:Minister may request inquiry

 The Minister may direct the Agency to inquire into any matter or thing concerning transportation to which the legislative authority of Parliament extends and report the findings on the inquiry to the Minister as and when the Minister may require.

Transportation Information

Marginal note:Regulations re information
  •  (1) The Governor in Council may make regulations requiring any persons referred to in subsection (1.1) who are subject to the legislative authority of Parliament to provide information, other than personal information as defined in section 3 of the Privacy Act, to the Minister, when and in the form and manner that the regulations may specify, for the purposes of

    • (a) national transportation policy development;

    • (b) reporting under section 52;

    • (c) operational planning;

    • (d) any safety, security or subsidy program;

    • (e) any infrastructure requirement;

    • (e.1) monitoring the grain transportation and handling system; or

    • (f) the administration of this Act.

  • Marginal note:Persons referred to

    (1.1) The persons for the purposes of subsection (1) are

    • (a) carriers;

    • (b) owners or operators of

      • (i) transportation undertakings,

      • (ii) transportation works, infrastructure, facilities or assets, and

      • (iii) grain handling undertakings;

    • (c) providers of services in relation to transportation, including

      • (i) the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority,

      • (ii) NAV CANADA, a corporation incorporated on May 26, 1995 under Part II of the Canada Corporations Act, chapter C-32 of the Revised Statutes of Canada, 1970, and

      • (iii) Pilotage Authorities named in the schedule to the Pilotage Act;

    • (d) intermediaries involved in transportation movements who are specified in the regulations; and

    • (e) any other person or class of persons specified in the regulations.

  • Marginal note:Information to be provided

    (2) Information required to be provided under subsection (1) may include the following:

    • (a) financial data;

    • (b) traffic and operating statistics; and

    • (c) fitness and ownership information.

  • Marginal note:Restriction

    (3) No regulation made under subsection (1) shall require or have the effect of requiring any person to provide the Minister with a contract referred to in subsection 68(1) or a contract entered into under subsection 126(1) or under section 53 of the Canada Marine Act.

  • Marginal note:Limitation

    (3.1) Subsection (3) does not apply in respect of a contract entered into under subsection 126(1) to the extent that the information is required for the purpose of monitoring the grain transportation and handling system.

  • Marginal note:Report on the monitoring of the grain transportation and handling system

    (3.2) The Minister must prepare, within six months after the end of each crop year, a report on the monitoring of the grain transportation and handling system and cause the report to be tabled in each House of Parliament on any of the first fifteen days on which that House is sitting after the Minister prepares it, if the Minister

    • (a) makes a regulation under paragraph (1)(e.1); and

    • (b) uses or communicates the information provided under the regulation for the purpose of monitoring the grain transportation and handling system.

  • Marginal note:Exemptions

    (4) The Minister may exempt a carrier or transportation undertaking from the application of all or any part of a regulation made under subsection (1) if the Minister is satisfied that it is not practicable for the carrier or transportation undertaking to provide the information.

  • Marginal note:Consultations

    (5) The Minister may consult with the Agency or Statistics Canada before making any regulation under this section.

  • 1996, c. 10, s. 50;
  • 1998, c. 10, s. 163;
  • 1999, c. 31, s. 36(E);
  • 2000, c. 16, s. 1;
  • 2007, c. 19, s. 8;
  • 2013, c. 31, s. 3(F).
Marginal note:Externally produced documents
  •  (1) A regulation made under subsection 50(1) may incorporate by reference any document that is produced by a person or body other than the Minister.

  • Marginal note:Type of incorporation by reference

    (2) A document may be incorporated by reference either as it exists on a particular date or as it is amended from time to time.

  • Marginal note:Accessibility of incorporated document

    (3) The Minister must ensure that a document that is incorporated by reference is accessible.

  • Marginal note:No finding of guilt or administrative sanction

    (4) A person is not liable to be found guilty of an offence or subjected to an administrative sanction for any contravention in respect of which a document that is incorporated by reference is relevant unless, at the time of the alleged contravention, the document was accessible as required by subsection (3) or it was otherwise accessible to that person.

  • Marginal note:No registration or publication

    (5) For greater certainty, a document that is incorporated by reference is not required to be transmitted for registration or published in the Canada Gazette by reason only that it is incorporated by reference.

  • 2013, c. 31, s. 4.
Marginal note:Existing power not limited

 For greater certainty, an express power in this Act to incorporate by reference does not limit the power that otherwise exists to incorporate by reference in a regulation made under this Act.

  • 2013, c. 31, s. 4.
Marginal note:Information already provided

 For the purposes of subsection 50(1), if any information referred to in that subsection has already been provided to a department or agency of the Government of Canada, the Minister may request that department or agency to provide the information to the Minister.

  • 2007, c. 19, s. 9.
Marginal note:Confidentiality of information
  •  (1) Except as otherwise specifically provided in this Act or any other Act of Parliament, information required to be provided to the Minister pursuant to this Act is, when it is received by the Minister, confidential and must not knowingly be disclosed or made available by any person without the authorization of the person who provided the information or documentation, except for the purposes of a prosecution of a contravention of section 173.

  • Marginal note:Communication of information

    (2) Subsection (1) does not apply so as to prohibit

    • (a) the communication of information to the Agency or to a minister of the Crown in right of Canada, the agent of any such minister or an officer or employee of, or adviser to, Her Majesty in right of Canada for the purposes of the administration of this Act or any other Act of Parliament or for the purposes of the development of policies;

    • (b) the communication of information to persons referred to in paragraph 50(1.1)(c) that is necessary for them to carry out their duties and functions;

    • (c) the reporting of information in an aggregated form that prevents information obtained from an identifiable person from being related to that person;

    • (d) the communication of information by the Minister for the purpose of monitoring the grain transportation and handling system; or

    • (e) the communication of information that is available to, or ascertainable by, the public.

  • Marginal note:Terms and conditions

    (2.1) The Minister may, with the approval of the Governor in Council, make regulations respecting the terms and conditions for the communication of information referred to in subsection (2).

  • Marginal note:Safe and secure procedures

    (3) The Minister shall ensure that the procedures and physical measures taken to ensure the confidentiality of information provided to the Minister pursuant to this Act, including the keeping of electronic data, are safe and secure.

  • Marginal note:Requirement for other persons to maintain confidentiality

    (4) Any person who receives information from the Minister that is confidential under this Act shall not knowingly disclose that information and shall take the measures necessary to maintain its confidentiality.

  • 1996, c. 10, s. 51;
  • 2000, c. 16, s. 2;
  • 2007, c. 19, s. 10.
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