Government of Canada announces safety regulations to support the international bridges and tunnels act, 2007

    OTTAWA, Feb. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Regulations are now in effect requiring
owners of Canada's 24 international bridges and tunnels to inspect and report
to the Minister of Transport on the safety of their structures on a regular
    The regulations apply to the Canadian sections of all of the vehicular
international bridges and tunnels, and put into place requirements concerning
reporting and scheduled inspections. There are also stipulations that require
owners to provide the Minister of Transport with reports every two years on
maintenance and operations of these structures. In addition, the reports would
identify any necessary actions to ensure the structures are kept in good
    "These new safety measures will help ensure that international bridges
and tunnels remain safe and secure for all who use them," said Canada's
Transport Minister, John Baird. "They also demonstrate our government's
commitment to the safety of Canadians and those who come to Canada for
business and tourism. The safety of this important transportation
infrastructure is also important to protect the vital trade links on which our
economy depends."
    The International Bridges and Tunnels Act, which received Royal Assent in
2007, has formalized the federal government's oversight responsibility for the
operation, maintenance and security of international bridges and tunnels. The
regulations will help satisfy this oversight responsibility.
    The regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, on
February 18, 2009, and are now in effect.
    There are currently 24 international vehicular bridges and tunnels, and
nine international railway structures with various forms of ownership and
governance structures.
    For more information about the regulations, please visit the following

For further information:

For further information: Chris Day, Press Secretary, Office of Transport
Minister John Baird, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Media Relations, Communications,
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