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Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992

Version of section 2 from 2003-01-01 to 2009-06-15:

Marginal note:Definitions

 In this Act,

accidental release

rejet accidentel

accidental release means, in relation to dangerous goods, an unplanned or accidental

  • (a) discharge, emission, explosion, outgassing or other escape of dangerous goods, or any component or compound evolving from dangerous goods, or

  • (b) emission of ionizing radiation that exceeds a level or limit established under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act; (rejet accidentel)

dangerous goods

marchandises dangereuses

dangerous goods means a product, substance or organism included by its nature or by the regulations in any of the classes listed in the schedule; (marchandises dangereuses)



handling means loading, unloading, packing or unpacking dangerous goods in a means of containment for the purposes of, in the course of or following transportation and includes storing them in the course of transportation; (manutention)



import means import into Canada, and includes transporting goods that originate from outside Canada and pass through Canada to a destination outside Canada, except when the goods are being transported on a ship or aircraft not registered in Canada; (importer)



inspector means a person designated as an inspector under subsection 10(1); (inspecteur)

means of containment


means of containment means a container or packaging, or any part of a means of transport that is or may be used to contain goods; (contenant)

means of transport

moyen de transport

means of transport means a road or railway vehicle, aircraft, ship, pipeline or any other contrivance that is or may be used to transport persons or goods; (moyen de transport)



Minister means the Minister of Transport; (ministre)


Version anglaise seulement

prescribed means prescribed by regulations of the Governor in Council; (Version anglaise seulement)

public safety

sécurité publique

public safety means the safety of human life and health and of property and the environment; (sécurité publique)

safety mark

indication de danger

safety mark includes a design, symbol, device, sign, label, placard, letter, word, number or abbreviation, or any combination of these things, that is to be displayed

  • (a) on dangerous goods, on means of containment or transport used in handling, offering for transport or transporting dangerous goods, or at facilities used in those activities, and

  • (b) to show the nature of the danger or to indicate compliance with the safety standards prescribed for the means of containment or transport or the facilities; (indication de danger)

safety requirements

règles de sécurité

safety requirements means requirements for handling, offering for transport or transporting dangerous goods, for reporting those activities and for training persons engaged in those activities; (règles de sécurité)

safety standards

normes de sécurité

safety standards means standards regulating the design, construction, equipping, functioning or performance of means of containment or facilities used or intended to be used in handling, offering for transport or transporting dangerous goods; (normes de sécurité)



ship includes any description of vessel, boat or craft designed, used or capable of being used solely or partly for marine navigation, without regard to method or lack of propulsion; (navire)

shipping record

registre d’expédition

shipping record means a record that relates to dangerous goods being handled, offered for transport or transported and that describes or contains information relating to the goods, and includes electronic records of information; (registre d’expédition)

standardized means of containment

contenant normalisé

standardized means of containment means a means of containment in relation to which a safety standard has been prescribed. (contenant normalisé)

  • 1992, c. 34, s. 2
  • 1997, c. 9, s. 122
  • 1999, c. 31, s. 212(E)
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