History

In 1996, the propane industry, as well as the Government of Canada, was concerned with the existing emergency response capabilities in Canada. In 1997, after many discussions between the existing LPG Assistance Corp. and the LPG-MAP, the formation of the LPG Emergency Response Corp. (LPGERC) satisfied both industry and Transport Canada in providing a safe, effective emergency response program - developed by industry for industry. 

Since its inception, the organization, with its network of remedial measures advisors (RMAs), technical advisors (TAs), response teams and home base coordinators (HBCs), has continued to grow and evolve to become the benchmark for ERAP preparedness and response for flammable gases and liquids in Canada.

As a result of the tragic events of the Lac Mégantic rail disaster, the Canadian government amended the transportation of dangerous goods (TDG) regulations, requiring shippers of a number of flammable liquids transported in quantities greater than 1,000 litres in one rail car to have an approved Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP). In June 2014, LPGERC and the Canadian Propane Association (CPA) Board of Directors approved the expansion of emergency preparedness and response services to include flammable liquids in order to support industry shippers and carriers. In October 2014, a name change was approved for LPG Emergency Response Corp. to operate as Emergency Response Assistance Canada (ERAC). This was done to better reflect the expanded ERAP preparedness and response services to industry to cover flammable gases and liquids.

The CPA is the sole proprietor of ERAC, and those requiring ERAC's services are required to be members in good standing with both the CPA and ERAC.