History

1979

A train derailment occurs in Mississauga, Ontario; the train is carrying chlorine, butane, propane, toluene and styrene, among other products. 250,000 people are evacuated. The Grange Commission inquiry leads to the first Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Act.

1980

The first Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Act is passed by Parliament.

1985

First full set of TDG regulations come in to force.

March 1986

The Propane Gas Association of Canada, now the Canadian Propane Association (CPA), forms LPG Assistance Corp. in cooperation with LPG Mutual Aid Plan (LPG-MAP) as a non-funded mutual aid program.

June 1992

The TDG Act receives Royal Assent, replacing the 1980 version.

1996

The propane industry and the federal government conduct a gap analysis of emergency response capabilities in Canada and identify a need to make the network more robust.

July 1997

In response to concerns by the propane industry and the federal government, the funded, not-for-profit LPG Emergency Response Corp. (LPGERC) is formed after discussion between LPG Assistance Corp. and the LPG-MAP.

July 2013

The Lac-Mégantic rail disaster occurs when an unattended 74-car freight train carrying crude oil rolls down a hill and derails downtown, resulting in the fire and explosion of multiple tank cars, killing 47 people.

April 2014

Protective Direction 33 is announced, which directs every person who offers for transport or imports certain flammable liquids by rail to have an Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP) approved as set out in section 7 of the TDG Act. The Minister of Transport announces the creation of the Task Force under the TDG Directorate to work on strengthening emergency response capacity across the country.

May 2014

The LPGERC Board of Directors approves a new flammable liquids division as a result of Protective Direction 33.

May/June 2014

LPGERC develops a flammable liquids ERAP and other supporting documentation with assistance from a working group. The flammable liquids division of LPGERC is created with funding from the ten founding Plan Participant members.

September 2014

New regulations pertaining to section 7 of the TDG Act take place.

October 2014

Due to the change in services, the LPGERC and CPA Board of Directors approve a change to business operating name from LPGERC to Emergency Response Assistance Canada (ERAC).

October 2015

As the flammable liquids by rail ERAP requires addressing fire suppression support activities, to support its Plan Participant members ERAC places four fire suppression trailers across Canada in Parkland County, AB, Prince George, BC, Saint John, NB and Levi, QC.

May 2016

Two additional fire suppression trailers are placed in Regina, SK and Capreol, ON.

May/June 2016

The ERAC and CPA Board of Directors approve ERAC providing

September/
October 2016

The ERAC and CPA Board of Directors approve ERAC providing dangerous good coverage for the top 10 commodities shipped that do not require an ERAP (fuel oil, LPG, anhydrous ammonia, gasoline, petroleum crude oil, sulphuric acid, corrosive liquid, sodium hydroxide solution, flammable liquids, and paints and paint related material).

July 2017

A flammable liquids equipment cache is placed in Roxton Falls, QC.

June 2018

An LPG equipment cache is placed in Roxton Falls, QC.

December 2018

A flammable liquids and an LPG equipment cache are placed in Calgary, AB.

January 2019

An LPG response team is trained and equipped with an ERAC-owned equipment cache in Prince George, BC and a fire suppression trailer placed in Castlegar, BC.

April 2019

ERAC, in cooperation with NOVA Chemicals, makes network upgrades on butadiene capabilities from Alberta to Quebec.

June 2019

Changes to Part 7 TDG ERAP Regulations, released by Transport Canada, come into force (SOR/2001-286).

August 2019

Changes to the Environmental Emergency Regulations, released by Environment and Climate Change Canada, come into force (SOR/2019-051).

November 2019

ERAC’s ArcGIS Resource Locator and Incident Dashboard is officially launched.

December 2019

ERAC updates and submits flammable liquids and LPG ERAPs to Transport Canada that meet the new regulatory requirements and potential incident analysis scenarios; the ERAPs are approved.

February 2020

ERAC, in support of COVID-19 efforts, provides ERAP services to distilleries and breweries for manufacturing of hand sanitizer.

March 2020

After the nine-month implementation period, the June 2019 changes to the TDG Regulations became enforceable.

March 2020

Near Prince George, BC, ERAC technical advisors coordinate the first LPG tank car hot tap in Canada.