The federal government has announced that it does not know enough information about dangerous goods moving through Canada’s North.
This means that there could be the potential risk of a major dangerous spill.
As a result, Transport Canada has acknowledged that possible effects on the public and the environment are unclear and is commissioning a study to help fill those gaps to improve safety.
The study will focus on regions north of the 55th parallel as well as on isolated areas in Manitoba, northwestern Ontario and northern Quebec.
The goal of the study will be to fully identify the hazardous substances transported throughout these areas, along with major hubs that link airports, marine ports, ice roads, railroads, mines, warehouses and manufacturing plants.
All formation gathered will assist Transport Canada in identifying potential risks as well as aid in the ability to make decisions about safety regulations and compliance.
With files from The Canadian Press